Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The Regrets New Directions Results Beat Boasts 1997
The Regrets were 3/4 of Vitreous Humor and put out this one album. Which is a shame, because I think Danny Pound was onto something when he came up with this Talking Heads meets organic boogie rock hybrid.
Vitreous Humor was a teenage reaction to indie-rock. It was a group of kids discovering a genre for the first time, in their case the 90's scene from North Carolina and some Fugazi thrown in for good measure. The Regrets were an adult reaction to the discovery of groups like R.E.M. and the Talking Heads. It's also a nod to things not having to be loud and angry to be good. Further, soul and dance music can work for everybody.
New Directions is post-modern. It's a collection of influences stirred into the pot with Danny Pound free-forming lyrics over a loose beat. His rants go from juvenile ("Play with yourself until you thought you might faint") to absurd streams of conscious.
It was recorded by Bob Weston and you get the sense that he just the guys bang out tunes. It very easily could have sounded slick and polished, like the band Cake. Instead, its loose and jittery. Everything left in the mix. Great album.