“We strongly believe that music has the power to make the world a better place.” This is the announcement of Regret the Hour, a young New York band set to release their sophomore album, ‘Better Days,’ April 13th. This follows their 2012 EP, ‘The Living Remember.’ The foursome who formed the band in 2010 originated as Nyack High schoolmates. ‘Better Days’ features brothers Nate and Ben McCarthy on lead vocals and guitars, Jesse Yanko on bass, and Anders Fleming on drums.
Drawing comparisons to U2 and Kings of Leon, Regret the Hour received some early recognition, with their venue list including Arlene’s Grocery, Sullivan Hall, and The Bowery Electric; they shared the stage with acts ranging from The Chapin Sisters to Dave Mason to the Vanguard.
Within two years, Regret the Hour released two EP’s and an album. They set out to record ‘Better Days’ as their first real studio effort. Creating a studio in an old factory building on High Ave, Regret the Hour wrote and recorded ‘Better Days’ during the summer of 2012 with assistance from producer/engineer Marek Stycos.
‘Better Days’ presents mellow pop rock tinged with melancholy. Leading with “Tomorrow (I’ll be Leaving),” RTH is reminiscent of post-grunge groups such as Lifehouse and Matchbox Twenty. “Shadows and Empty Rooms” seems to lament a forsaken dream. And the soft-then-pounding “Walls” confronts the confusion resulting from vulnerability.
A favorite from their prior release, RTH re-presents “Far Away from Here” with its modern take on New Wave sound. The atmospheric pop rock is continued with “The Runaway” which then gives way to the swelling ache of the title track.
Regret the Hour enters the home stretch with the melodic dreampop of “Bend and Break,” an account of stretched coping limits. This, along with the ending songs, “A Farewell” and “Gone” were likely written after RTH encountered tragedy. Just weeks into the mixing of ‘Better Days,’ the band suffered the death of their bass player, Jesse Yanko. The group which described themselves as “four brothers” lost one of their own; Yanko died from cancer at age 16.
At Yanko’s November candle-light memorial, bandmate McCarthy expressed his sentiments in front of the gathered crowd of mourners: “There are no words, no words to describe the dull, ceaseless ache, the hollow hole that is left in all of us.” Regret the Hour offers these ending songs of ‘Better Days’ in an attempt to assist where words fail.
Regret the Hour CD Release Show*
13 April at 19:30 in EDT
The Factory, 400 High Ave, Nyack NY
*Free admission. $15 per copy of ‘Better Days’ album. In honor of the Yanko family, Regret the Hour will be donating $5 from every CD sold to the Making Headway Foundation–an organization dedicated to the care and treatment of children diagnosed with brain and spinal cord tumors.