show review: the regrettes, mt. eddy, destroy boys @ constellation room, OC

Written by Natalie Spina

Getting ready to wrap the promotion of their latest EP, Come Through, The Regrettes returned to SoCal for an intimate all-ages show at The Observatory’s Constellation Room in Orange County. Joining them were Sacramento garage band, Destroy Boys, and the bay area’s finest, Mt. Eddy. Having previously toured with one another on multiple occasions, the bonds between the three bands and the familiarity of music among the crowd was unmistakable. A true recipe for a fantastic lineup.

Destroy Boys promptly kicked things off, opening up around 7:30pm and insisting everyone get moving! Lead singer, Alexia Roditis, got energy pumping by hopping into the pit herself and packing punch with her sui generis vocals in songs like “Methatonin,” “Vixen” and crowd favorite “I Threw Glass at My Friend’s Eyes and Now I’m on Probation.” Overdriven, deep tones from guitarist, Violet Mayugba, and bassist, Blake Eitel, plus the rapid rhythm from Narsai Malik fully complement their true garage sound. Slipping in a cover of the Ramones’ “Teenage Lobotomy” was the cherry on top of a power packed and interactive set. A band with this much drive and character within their songs is definitely one of headlining merit.

Mt. Eddy climbed on stage next and were welcomed with the crowded room singing along to their walkup song, “A Thousand Miles.” Yes, that “A Thousand Miles.” Opening up with their debut song, “Metaphor,” the band prepared the crowd for a similarly fast-paced, fresh catalog of songs off their album Chroma and latest self-titled EP, Mt. Eddy. The band’s distinctive sound – identifiable by crisp lead guitar by Enzo Malaspina- includes songs that naturally melt into one other, enabling their set to be a continuous flow of energy and head nodding. Tracks like “Working Title,” “Lovely,” and “Zombie” allow for the crowd to easily sing along and jump around to. More guitar-dynamic songs such as “Orange,” “Wilshambe,” and the closing track “Chroma” incorporate an epic realm of deeper and more experimental breakdowns. Packing these punches are drummer, Chris Malaspina, and bassist Kevin Judd. Lyrics, such as “look for in a sense of life” and “what’s the point of being right”complete the attitude of their sound when delivered with the intensity and showmanship of front man, Jakob Danger’s vocals. Mt. Eddy is a must-see band whose diversity within each song can meet anyone’s taste in music.

For the last set on the night’s line up, The Regrettes took to the stage and charged up their set with opener “I Don’t Like You.” Lead singer, Lydia Night, dove right in, singing directly to her fans, connecting with them immediately. Bouncing around as if nothing in the world could steal her youth, she exuded energy, transferring it right back into the crowd. This vitality was kept up throughout “Hey Now,” “Come Through,” and peaked when Night leapt into the pit for the undeniably rhythmic bridge of “Picture Perfect.” The room was given a slight breather during the beginning of “Living Human Girl” with delicate backup vocals from bassist, Sage Nicole, and lead guitarist, Genessa Gariano. Of course, the pace picked up once again with bouncy songs “Red Light” and “Lacy Loo.” The track “Seashore” was definitely amongst crowd favorites for its surf-y guitar solos and genuine portrayal of the frustration behind the dismissal of adolescent opinions. Briefly running off stage, the crowd chanted for an encore, resulting in the ladies and drummer, Drew Thomsen, returning for an unbelievable exuberant cover of Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz.”

This great night only continued to get better. The Regrettes welcomed their supporting acts, Destroy Boys and Mt. Eddy, back on stage for “a song you’ll all know.” The unmistakable intro guitar of Generation X’s “Dancing With Myself” elicits an eruption from the room and the night concludes with the one final burst of spirit from the crowd. The song proves these bands and the musicians in their music circles are part of the modern generation of genuine songwriters and performers.

This was definitely a show for the books, due purely to each band’s ability to read the crowd and give them exactly what they needed to feed off of one another. Tour is wrapping up but be sure to keep an eye out for festival appearances from each band. If given the chance to see any of them, take it! You won’t have any regrets.

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