Knight spoke to Granthshala about his new musical, Anxiety, his friendship with Olivia Rodrigo, and the accountability for “dickheads” in the music industry.
The Regrets Lydia Knight Has Spoken Granthshala His upcoming third album, about the new single ‘Monday’, cements friendship with Olivia Rodrigo and why he’s “letting anyone be a dickhead without telling anyone”.
After releasing two songs last year, ‘I Love Us’ and the quarantine anthem ‘What Am I Gonna Do Today?’ Strongly dominated by, the L.A. Punks’ recent material marks a departure from the 50’s-influenced Riot Girl sound the band was known for when they emerged in 2015.
“It set what we wanted to do on this new album,” Night explained. Granthshala. “Hopefully it gave people a little clue that they shouldn’t know what to do next.”
Inspired by Charli XCX, Brockhampton, Gwen Stefani, The 1975, Kanye West and The Voidz, “Monday” sees Night finally embracing her inner popstar.
“If you had said that a few years ago, I would have been insulted,” she said. “Now though, ‘Fuck yeah it’s a pop song.’ I’m blown away. This is the first time we’ve fully accepted the things we were hearing, rather than shying away from the things we grew up loving.”
“I always knew I’d make pop music, but only when it became forgivable – I thought maybe it would be a one-off thing or when I’d done enough to calm myself. I love the punk scene and that makes me laugh.” Gaining confidence has helped, but when we signed Warner, I had a lot of people telling me not to let them replace us. It’s fair considering how much major labels treat their artists. But it completely disregarded my own voice. I let it get into my head, of course. For the ages, I was worried about proving something to the 50-year-old father in the back of the room. But here we end I’m growing up.”
She continued: “The biggest thing was to make music that was not fear-based. Instead of running away from something that seemed very different to us, we ran towards it.
Knight described how his new album ends, and ultimately “feels free”. “Sure, it’s the ‘poppiest’ and ‘danciest’ album we’ve ever made, but it’s also the most experimental, weirdest, and weakest,” she said.
“Our first album [2017’s ‘Feel Your Feelings, Fool’] High school was about having fun, and the superficial level relationships that came from it. Second [2019’s ‘How Do You Love?’] This story of the collapse of a relationship followed, but this album – It’s All About Me.
“It makes things scarier than they used to be, but I try not to think about it. This album reflects the work that’s been going on in medicine over the years. It’s dark, but you can definitely feel the pain and the pain.” Can drive away the tears.”
The first single ‘Monday’, a consciously smart track about messy rooms and existential woes, “was inspired by the sadness, fear and all the fun feelings of the past few years,” Knight said. “It was written at one of the peaks of my anxiety, which I was recently diagnosed with. After years of feeling a certain way, but not identifying with any sort of mental illness, this The song reaffirmed what I was going through. It was super therapeutic.”
The song ends with ‘Line’.hey i’m still alive‘, which Knight believes best sums up the track’s message. “I hope people don’t connect to certain songs, but if they do, I want it to be a reminder that they are good enough,” she said. “We don’t have to constantly achieve things to be worthy. Sometimes just being alive is enough. Getting up and making coffee, that’s all.
She continued: “Over the past 18 months, I’ve had to give up whatever I consider productive while playing weird games with my mental health. I think communally, everyone has been hurt a lot for the past two years, But that doesn’t invalidate anyone’s experience, because everyone has gone through it.”
During the lockdown, Knight wrote more than 70 songs for the album – which he said “really taught me how important it is to push myself.”
Countless times, she thought the record was done, but because they couldn’t record, she continued to work. “Naturally, it made this album really weak,” she admitted. “Writing these songs started out as a personal, therapeutic thing, but the best part of it comes when you put it on. There’s a lot of stuff on this record that a lot of people will struggle with and I hope these songs Will make them feel heard.”
After starring in Olivia Rodrigo’s concert film sour prom, Rodrigo returned the favor by appearing in the video for ‘Monday’. The pair became friends a year ago when Knight reached out to the singer-songwriter on social media.
“It’s not something I’ve ever done before, but I noticed she was following me and the band on Instagram,” Knight said. “It was right at the time I wrote ‘Monday’ and I was so worried. My boyfriend Dylan [Minnette who plays Clay Jensen in 13 Reasons Why and is also the vocalist in alt-rock band Wallows] I went to shoot for a film and I was brainwashing at home. So I reached out, and we became FaceTime friends.
“We started hanging out and now he’s one of my best friends. I’m obsessed with him. We recommend each other and he’s an incredible person to go with because he’s so smart.”
Asked about a possible collaboration, Knight replied: “We’ll see. It would be a dream to work with Charli XCX. This would blow my little head off. [The 1975’s] Matty Healy would be another good one, and I want to write more with Dylan because we never really write together. I think once we have an album, we’ll do something together. “
In 2020, Knight made headlines when she released a statement detailing her relationship with SWMRS drummer Joel Armstrong and allegations of sexual misconduct. This included several instances of coercion into sexual activity at a pace she was not comfortable with and the secrecy applied when it came to her family and friends.
Knight wrote, “My goal here is not to ‘cancel’ anyone, but to advance the conversation of the intricacies of abuse of power, grooming and manipulation, which exist not only in the music industry but in many other industries.” “I recognize that my privilege as a white woman with a platform amplifies this statement.”
Armstrong’s response said: “While I disagree with some of what has been said about him, it is important that he is allowed to say them and that he is supported to speak.”
Does he think the industry is getting better at holding people accountable for their actions?
“Yeah and I hope it continues,” she replied. Granthshala. “Although there’s still a lot to be said. I hope people continue to be inspired by all who hold others accountable. I hope this scene continues to grow and doesn’t let people get carried away with the gross nonsense, because so many People get away with gross nonsense.”
She continued: “We need to validate the stories around us, believe in women, and believe in victims in general. It’s a gross and sordid world in many ways. That they’re a dickhead, never going to be allowed to be a dickhead.”
The Regrets’ ‘Monday’ is out now.