LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA has returned to introduce the newest installment of his Hamildrop series, “Helpless” starring one of our most favorite current bands, The Regrettes! “Helpless” was produced by Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Gary Clark Jr, Mastodon) and recorded at Cam Am Studios in Los Angeles.
Since the end of last year, Miranda has been releasing new Hamilton related content every month. “Ben Franklin’s Song” with The Decemberists which was released in December served as an introduction to the series. Then came “Wrote My Out” starring Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Aloe Blacc in January with a remix shortly after, followed by “The Hamilton Polka” by “Weird Al” Yankovic in February. In March, it was the March For Our Lives inspired theatre mashup, “Found/Tonight” by Miranda and Ben Platt which they went on to perform live at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. Released in April, “First Burn” serves as the latest Hamildrop.
When the L.A.-based Regrettes teamed up with the Hamilton creator the choice of the track was apparently a no-brainer according to frontwoman Lydia Night: “I love love love Hamilton! I spent weeks after seeing it constantly listening to the soundtrack and ‘Helpless’ was the song that really stood out to me. When I found out we were going to do Hamildrops, I knew we had to record ‘Helpless”.
If you wanna catch The Regrettes live on tour, now is the time! Besides supporting Cold War Kids, they are also performing at several huge festivals such as Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, Firefly Music Festival and Readings & Leeds. If you’ve yet to catch them live, brace yourselves to witness the future of feminist, modern, melodic rock that blends brains, attitude with an authentic style and a razor-sharp lyrical perspective. Read our review of their show in Cologne when they supported SWMRS last summer.
Confirmed Tour Dates:
*Supporting Cold War Kids
June 02 New York, NY Governors Ball Music Festival
June 03 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
June 05 Philadelphia, PA Everybody Hits
June 06 Washington, DC Black Cat Backstage
June 07 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
June 09 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
June 10 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
June 11 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
June 13 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall*
June 14 Richmond, VA The National*
June 15 Dover, DE Firefly Music Festival
June 16 Millvale, PA The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s
June 17 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!*
June 19 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
June 20 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
June 22 Dallas, TX Dirty 30
June 23 Austin, TX Stubbs Jr.
June 25 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
June 28 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room at the Observatory
June 29 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
June 30 San Diego, CA Che Café
Aug 05 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
Aug 11 San Diego, CA 91X’s X-Fest
Aug 24-26 Reading + Leeds, UK Reading & Leeds Festival
Aug 29 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
Aug 30 Santa Cruz The Catalyst Atrium
Aug 31- Sep 02 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot 2018
Sep 01 Portland, OR Holocene
Photo: Thomas Eger