For this Southampton lot, their heart is remarkably visible on their sleeve; it practically glows red. Regent produce rock and roll for the traditional guitar and tuneful songbook connoisseurs and wave the flag loud and proud for that party spirit, 90s style attitude, with their musical mission to pass the torch of the greats of yesteryear to the listeners of tomorrow.
Following Radio X and BBC introducing verified singles Time To Loose The Blues and Dirty Little Little Sinner, the lads present Today as an Autumn warmer, out Friday, October 9th, paving the way for their Spring 2021 LP Just A Revolution. Speaking about the detour of attitude, Regent frontman Ben Rooke admits:
“I wanted to sit and write a song about heartache and the pain of losing someone. Whether it be a lover, mother, father, sister or a brother.... We all go through low times in our life, and in the middle of a pandemic, I wanted to create an anthemic track that everyone in pain can relate to.”
Recorded last month, again by Shed Seven’s Fraiser Smith, Today shows another side to the bravado and swagger that has been bestowed on us previously. With an almost folk start, the passion and pain in the voice are present from the get-go. A slow ballad prevails, building to an angsty chorus as heartbreak and loss and thoughts of 'how would that other person perceive me now?' To end, a plentiful, rousing instrumental leads to a calmer, simple lament: “I don’t know If I’ll love again.” A taint of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers coloured the track flavoursome.
From Hamtun to America, the band is gaining followers and admiration for their no-nonsense approach to rock and roll; they were aired on SiriusXM to a new US audience. Back on home turf, Radio X is a natural home for the lads; their listeners engage with loyalty and devotion, and will be keen to get their ears around the Regent LP next year.
Article by Beverley Knight