Updated: Aug 19, 2020
Last time we met British four-piece Regent, we took a listen to their single stemming from grief and sadness, Time To Lose The Blues. Never claiming to push any boundaries or feeling a burning desire to explore new fangled areas, the band is more than comfortable delivering what they do well and endeavour to stay true to their first love: pure rock and roll. Following on for their last release, they present to us song and video Dirty Little Sinner.
Produced by long time collaborator and friend Shed Seven’s Fraser Smith, the track was recorded at Purple Square Studios in Southampton during the heady summer days of 2016. Initially, the plan was to release it after the debut single in 2017, but following the tragic passing away of their respected manager Bruce Replogle, it didn’t feel right to the outfit. After a period of rest and reflection, Regent felt confident enough in 2020 to offer their music to the word once more.
A song about casting of the shackles to be the person you want to be, Dirty Little Sinner is loaded with a tangible feeling of release and a revolutionary spirit. Taking us inside the track, frontman Ben Rooke says: “The song is about and dedicated to all the doubters that put you down, and try to spread their negativity from their world into yours...'Hey you Dirty Little Sinner, you better change your ways if you wanna be a winner oh!' The opening lyrics really express this…"
An edgier number, it’s managed to churn the raw spirit of Oasis with the Southern American grit of The Black Keys, providing an unusual, agreeable moment on the ears. The heavy bass opens, demanding that you give it the attention it craves. Then the other elements join, topped with Rooke’s especially tuneful singing voice, with slight accented effect, and harmonic backing. Simplicity is key for the darkly lit, purple-toned video where we see the boys relishing the fact that they are performing together as a unit. Play this loud, and don’t deny yourself the ability to let the infectious tune roll around your head for hours.
They are unashamedly Brit Pop believing with their whole being that there is a valid place for guitar bands who aren’t afraid to own their influences from the greats of the past. Their fanbase in their hometown holds them dear, but now the word is spreading as they strive to reach more. It’s melodious; it’s traditional, They’re Regent.
Article by Beverley Knight