Hailing from the working class town of Dayton, Ohio, New Regrets plays old-school punk. The kind of ripping, no-frills rock one expects from a rusted place in the middle of nowhere. Supported by the growling vocals of original Toxic Reasons frontman Ed Pittman, New Regrets' first release, a self-titled EP (also available on vinyl from Clearview Records), packs in five songs devoid of pretense; opting instead for straightforward riffs and blunt lyrics. New Regrets are now working on their first full-length album.
Toxic Reasons Singer Fronting 'New Regrets,' Releases First EP
During the early ‘80s, a small but loyal group of young punks were proving hard-hitting, aggressive rock n’ roll wasn’t confined to U.S. coastlines. And among those unique Midwest pioneers were Toxic Reasons, led by the growling vocals of Ed Pittman. Over thirty years later, Pittman is fronting a new group of Midwest punks in Dayton, Ohio’s New Regrets.
New Regrets formed in late 2013, and the band has stayed busy since, bringing their no-frills breed of old-school punk to a steady string of tour dates in the Midwest. Recent highlights include shows with Dead Kennedys, fellow flyover-zone legends Zero Boys, and an after-party performance at Skull Fest in Pittsburgh.
The band’s first release, a 5 song self-titled EP on Clearview Records, was recorded in the summer of 2014. Pittman is flanked on the record by James Downing-Groth and Matt Clark on guitars, while Jayson Hartings and Todd Bridges handled rhythm duties on bass and drums, respectively. Elliott Harrell took over drumming for New Regrets in September 2014, and the band continues to play live extensively while working on their next record.