band crush: regal degal
we're premiering their song 'delicious'
Photo by Yulia Zinshtein
New York City psych-pop trio Regal Degal are finally following up their inventive 2012 debut album Veritable Who's Who, with an evolution of a sound that is hard to pin down. Not Now, out May 19th on Terrible Records, is being described by the band as a "culmination of the myriad experiences that have shaped the Regal sound," which for them includes a stint in Los Angeles to record Who's Who and a move back to their home base of Brooklyn. Not Now, which was recorded with Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor in Berlin and New York, is ambient and idiosyncratic, immediately accessible while demanding your attention at the same time. The record's first track, "Delicious," is the perfect embodiement of this, and we're premiering it below. Let's also get to know Regal Degal members Josh da Costa, Josiah Wolfson, and Jamen Whitelock a little better, shall we?
How did your career get started?
Josh: It's really hard to consider this a career.
Jamen: Yeah very hard cuz it ain't.
Where do you hope to be professionally in 5 years?
Josh: Yikes. In the driver's seat.
Josiah: In the passenger seat.
Jamen: In the back seat.
What’s your next project?
Josh: A couple music videos and a heavenly record.
Jamen: A heavenly third record.
What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
Josh: The fact that my amp has survived this far, and the fact that we've stuck together for over 5 years now, we've stayed close, you know.
Josiah: I'm proud that we're still together and that we're also still doing things the way we want to and still learning.
What famous person dead or living do most wish you could have as a roommate?
Josiah: Jackson Pollis.
Jamen: But that's my roommate (in a british accent).
What is your favorite driving music?
Josh: Bobby Konders "nervous acid" and a compilation called "parisian afro discoveries" that my friend David Orlando gave me.
Jamen: Jimi Hey's pink noise mix
Josiah: Depends who's driving what, and where. Probably just have to go with Josh's No Ego mixes for our former van rides in NYC, Einzelganger for driving through the foggy rockies on tour, Wimple Winch for driving around with my girlfriend when we lived in LA.
What are some of your favorite memes of all time?
Josh: I think grape fall lady is a classic.
Jamen: I like Denver the guilty dog.
Josiah: Leprechaun in Alabama.
How do you hope to grow as a creative person?
Jamen: A more consistent output.
Josh: Broaden my grasp of both what I want and what others want out of my work.
If there was a phrase that you think best sums up your approach to life what might it be?
Josh: Treat yourself, treat others.
Jamen: Choose love.
Josiah: There is no solution because there is no problem (Duchamp).