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Regrets: Older but not wiser, a heavy project for the fun of it

Monday 23rd, January 2017 / 11:15
By Alex Molten

Photo: Stephanie Ford

VANCOUVER — As the snow tumbled out of the sky onto an ill-prepared Vancouver and the streets turned into a slushy wasteland, vocalist (and, disclosure, BeatRoute contributing writer) Heath Fenton and guitarist Taylor Lipton settled into a booth at What’s Up Hot Dog to discuss the upcoming album release for their new metal band Regrets.

The two have known each other for years through the Vancouver metal scene and their former bands. Earlier jamming sessions came to nothing, but now, a little older and debatably wiser, they have formed Regrets and are getting ready for their album release show. The line up features Patrick Taylor on guitar, Ryan McDonnell on bass, and Eliot Doyle on drums.

“When I first started playing metal I wanted to be a rock star. Took me about five years to realize no…” says Fenton describing the change in his approach to making music over the years.

“I was super competitive about it when I was young. All night and all day always trying to be a hundred and ten percent,” laughs Lipton. “I’d have hand grips going in the car so that I could play guitar better. Now it’s just I want to have fun.”

It is with this attitude that Regrets came to be. Lipton was writing songs as his former band Abriosis was winding down and decided to approach Fenton about starting a band. He missed Fenton’s vocal style and knew he would be a good fit for this new project. Fenton jumped at the chance and now the two are taking on Vancouver.

“Heath’s been in so many bands since the ’90s, Patrick was in [the band] Excruciating Pain, and I was in Abriosis and we were touring a lot in our 20s and everything but now we’re kind of at the point in our lives where we want this fun project,” says Lipton. “Regrets is basically that fun project for us. We want to be able to play mixed bills with other bands and rock out.”

Their first album Work Hermit is definitely heavy metal. Fenton’s vocals are far from operatic and they slide from a harsh metal sound to a hardcore punk feel but with classic sounding metal riffs threading their way through the seven songs on the album, it is definitely grounded in the metal world. The release date was on January 3rd and it is be available on Bandcamp (name your price). Be sure to check out the standout track “Ghost Stabber.”

Regrets will be performing on January 27th at Pat’s Pub and Brewhouse.

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