The Regrettes, one of the more popular rock bands in recent years, released their third studio album Further Joy on April 8, 2022, under Warner to much critical acclaim. The band, consisting of Lydia Night (vocals), Genessa Gariano (guitar), Brooke Dickson (bass), and Drew Thomsen (drums), created the album during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Joshua Tree while their homebase of Southern California was shut down like the rest of the world. After being apart for a year, in 2021, The Regrettes locked themselves together on a 10-day retreat where they wrote, sung, and played; the outcome of their time: an album filled with clever lyrics and indie-pop beats that shows the growth and maturity of its twenty-something members. Of the new material and in particular the sounds that lean more towards pop, Night stated “Anxieties” sparked the sound of the songs, “that was one of the first ones I wrote over Zoom with a few songwriter friends during the beginning of the pandemic. I remember that demo, it was really extreme and my voice was like almost Kanye-autotuned. It was different than what it turned into but there was something about it when I first listened to it and was like ‘whoa this is kinda scary, this is so different’.” The Regrettes embarked on a tour that would see them play to huge crowds at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza as well as their own headlining tour throughout the summer, which just wrapped up in San Francisco.
The Regrettes spoke with B-Sides host Pete Mar about how a pause during an early writing session changed the trajectory of their latest album ‘Further Joy’, how they bonded over their love of pop music and more.