Regents Premiere New Song On The A.V. Club

posted September 9, 2012

Regents Premiere New Song On The A.V. Club

Regents have premiered a new song “Nothing To Water” on The A.V. Club. The song is from the forthcoming full-length album “Antietam After Party,” to be released on November 20th via Lovitt Records. A stunning collective of DC hardcore/punk scene vets, Regents members include David NeSmith (vocals/guitar), Drew Ringo (vocals/guitar), Lukas Previn (bass) and Jason Hamacher (drums). Their collective band credits are enough to stagger any 90’s hardcore, punk and emo fan including Frodus, Battery, Sleepytime Trio, Thursday, Maximillian Colby, Combat Wounded Veteran and Men’s Recovery Project. Regents can also boast the inclusion of the legendary J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) who produced the album as well as handled bass duties. Speaking of his work with Regents, Robbins says “The Regents album includes some of the fastest and most chaotic songs I've ever played on. I’ve been looking to record Jason (Hamacher) for years and I like all of the guys involved. Once we started recording and they were in-between bass players, the opportunity to play on the record was too much fun to pass up.”

Regents is at once spastic, furious and emotional while side-stepping any overt metal or grind elements. Within their sound are the abrasive elements of the early Gravity Records days and the socially-minded viewpoint of classic Dischord Records. This is evident in “Nothing To Water,” with its shards of melody peering through the instrumental assault. Ringo reveals that the song is, “A personal call to action, to not just sit on your hands if you see something wrong. It’s a song of frustration inspired by living in Philadelphia and dealing with the backward attitudes and nihilism I saw there.”

The band has previously released a four-song 7” on Lovitt in 2011 landing them in Alternative Press’ “Top 100 Bands You Need To Know” issue. In addition to their songwriting, Regents have become a formidable live act appearing at this year’s SXSWand doing mini-tours with such artists as Retox, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Narrows, Coliseum and Converge. The group expects to announce new tour dates shortly.