The Regrettes

Event Cancelled: Refunds available at point of purchase

The Regrettes

Beach Goons

Tue Apr 2

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill

$10 ADV / $12 Day Of Show / $15 VIP / $100 TABLES

Cancelled

This event is all ages

The Regrettes
The Regrettes
Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.

Led by outspoken frontwoman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar and drummer Drew Thomsen, the group have left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Sleigh Bells, Twin Peaks, Cold War Kids, The Breeders, Kate Nash, Bleached and more.

From the opening moments on a track by The Regrettes, we’re greeted with a wall of guitars, infectious melodies and a wistful nostalgia that continues right until the final notes. Taking cues from acts like Hinds and Hole, there’s a wistful sense of youth and vulnerability that lies at the heart of each song.

A song by The Regrettes is, essentially, a diary entry into Lydia’s life. “My music is a spectrum of every emotion that I have felt in the last year, and you can hear that when you hear the songs. Everything that is happening in my life influences me. It’s everything from boys, to friends, to being pissed off at people, to being really sad. Just everything.”

The most intoxicating draw of The Regrettes is their bashful, heart-on-your-sleeve temperament - writing urgent and fast-paced pop songs with a punk rock mentality. “The way that we write, it’s all based on honesty,” muses Lydia on the group’s punk aesthetic. “If I finish a song, I’ll just leave it - I won’t really go back to it. I like things to feel in the moment and I don’t want it to be perfect. If I work on something too much I lose it and get bored and I want to do the next one..”

First song, “A Living Human Girl,” best showcases the vulnerability of the group’s lyrics. Singing about a less than perfect complexion, a bra size that is considered smaller than most, and those little red bumps you get when you shave, The Regrettes aren’t afraid to embrace their imperfections. “Sometimes I’m pretty and sometimes I’m not”, sings Lydia over 60’s inspired guitar riffs and a kicked back drum beat. “I don’t remember exactly what sparked it, but I remember when I wrote those lyrics, I was just really angry.”

“There are times when you feel really insecure and you really don’t like yourself, so I wrote it for people who feel that and I wrote it for myself. I just felt like there wasn’t a song like that out there. A song that if I was feeling super shitty about myself, that I could listen to. I wanted something that would make girls and boys feel confident,” she explains.

Lydia’s not afraid to have her feelings on display. “I am not scared of anyone judging me, I don’t care. I don’t give a fuck if someone doesn’t like what I have to say. For every person that likes you, there’s a person that doesn’t like you. No matter what, if people can relate to the music then it’s worth it. That’s what is cool for me.” And at the end of the day, isn’t that what punk music is all about?
Beach Goons
Beach Goons
Hailing from San Diego’s Logan Heights neighborhood, Beach Goons was the brainchild of Pablo
Cervantez, the band’s vocalist, guitarist, and sole constant member. Beach Goons started innocently
enough with Cervantez and a couple friends picking up instruments and playing out, hitting up any place
that would have them, from their middle school to Logan Heights’ library. As the band grew, their sound
evolved with them. Their early singles showed a brash, garage-indebted take on punk, but by the time of
BoiSad, the edges began to smooth, and more of Beach Goons’ personality began poking through. For
their new album, hoodratscumbags, Beach Goons didn’t rush things, instead spending the better part of
two years workshopping the songs until they became the most potent examples of what they wanted to
express.
“Most of the songs were scrapped or I rewrote them,” says Cervantez of the writing process. “It was just
going to be an EP, but it got to a point where we had enough songs for it to be an album.” The product of
all that work is hoodratscumbags, which GRNDVW Recordings will release on September 7, and sees
drummer Chris Moran and bassist David Orozco joining the ranks. Across the album’s 10 songs, Beach
Goons effortlessly blend genres, taking a bit from punk and surf, to authentically express their lives and
where they come from. “We’re from a Mexican community, we’re all Mexicans, and we really love
showing it,” says Cervantez. “[Logan Heights] is the heart of Mexican culture, and the heart of Chicano
culture, and I really want to emphasize this was our upbringing and this is who we are.”
Songs like “A.M” and “The End” show the album’s breadth, as Beach Goons write airtight pop songs, but
come at them through the side door. The songs twist and turn, revealing their ability to surprise a listener
without ever breaking their stride. “I feel more confident writing and releasing this than I ever have,” says
Cervantez of hoodratscumbags, and that’s something that’s noticeable on first listen. Beach Goons are
pulling off moves that put them in a class of their own, taking the best of bands like Wavves, Joyce
Manor, and Culture Abuse, and framing it in their own way.
“My family moved here, I’m first generation,” says Cervantez, “I just want to show those people that if
you come from these streets, if you come from these hoods, you can do it too.” That sense of community,
and Beach Goons’ sheer excitement, permeates the entirety of hoodratcumbags. It can be heard in songs
such as “Chunti,” where Cervantez sings in Spanish and holds nothing back. It’s moments like these that
show Beach Goons for what they are: a band that’s young, excited, and not afraid to show the world the
full scope of themselves. Beach Goons will be touring in support of hoodratscumbags, including an
appearance at Riot Fest in Chicago, spreading their message, and sharing their joy, with anyone that
listens.
Venue Information:
Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
10261 Technology Blvd E
Dallas, TX, 75220
http://gasmonkeybarngrill.com