By Kristen Clure
A girl stands behind a presidential podium, frowning and poking the bridge of her patriotic sunglasses. There’s an overwhelming sense of women’s empowerment as the then-16 year old addresses the audience in the camera, not phased by the public eye, and begins singing.
“You’re talking to me like a child,” she says, clearly miffed.
“I do a lot of stupid stuff, but don’t act like you’re so tough,” she continues, her last words sung on beat so as to add force.
This is “Seashore” by the Regrettes, a song from summer 2017 that is just as powerful today as it was two years ago.
For such a young singer, Lydia Night produces a mature tone and writes elegant lyrics, targeting her audience with her attitude and message. She knows exactly what she is trying to say.
There’s a quick scene shift to more of a retro band scene resembling the 1960’s or 70’s, as is common in contemporary indie bands. It’s a contrast of both modernism and vintage aesthetics that suits the independent pop culture of today.
The scene is set with Lydia front and center, barefoot, her band mates playing around her. She has a stage presence fitting for the star of the video; her quirky reactions and confidence draw the eye. But that doesn’t detract from the talent in rest of the scene; the other members of the band seem to hold the same type of confidence as well. Still, being the lead singer suits her well as she dances and plays in more of an outgoing manner than her counterparts.
The video for “Seashore” seems to be a creative gesture pointed at how women can do the same things as men, and how this young girl singing — we can only assume she’s singing about herself — doesn’t want to be doubted due to her age.
This song’s message wavers when she begins to portray other characters, however. For example, in one scene she appears to be on a stake like a witch on trial, and then the band adds in footage from demonstrations demanding women’s right to vote. It’s almost as though they shove too many images into the music video for artistic quality, and this actually detracts from the inspirational message they were so commendably trying to share.
Are The Regrettes more mature as individuals than as artists? Despite the appealing sound and the lyrics holding a fair amount of heart, the artistic side of the band needs to grow for it to truly fall into its own element. Two years after “Seashore,” it seems to be making progress.
The band’s influence holds a significant amount of growth and promise, and it’s fair to assume the group will continue to mature along with their message. It is still making music and making news in 2019, after all.
The Regrettes have the desire to speak out and a lot of power in their sound. As they produce more music, their aesthetic and message may help their influence grow. For now, it’s worth it to listen to the girl behind the podium.