If you like your garage-pop to have a witty feminist edge, you need to add ‘A Living Human Girl’ by The Regrettes to your listening list. The four-piece recently premiered the video for the track on Noisey, and it’s a no-nonsense look at the double standards women and girls face with when it comes to behaviour and body image.
The band have recently supported Seattle pop-punk heroes (and Gigslutz favourites) Tacocat on their US tour, and have shared stages with Kate Nash and Peaches. They’ve been compared to Hinds and Diet Cig, and are due to release an album on Warner Records towards the close of the year.
When asked about the visuals for ‘A Living Human Girl’, member Lydia Night explained how they wanted to explore the idea of girls as paper dolls because “I feel like people want girls to be moulded to their liking”. Night penned the track about the challenges of starting high school in Los Angeles. The universal themes of overcoming pressure and perceived inadequacy will resonate with all girls, whether they’re still struggling through the school corridors, or waved goodbye to the school gates a long time ago.
While The Regrettes are still fairly new, it won’t be long before the garage rockers reach wider listening circles. The messages that guide their music will hopefully push them closer towards the spotlight, and like the Riot Grrrls before them; help to comfort and encourage the next generation of women and girls.