Closing out a year the world is aching to put behind it, Regent deliver the aptly-titled anthem No Going Back as their final track of 2020.
A searing last-stand led by Ben Rooke’s raw and ravaged vocal howl, the Southampton four-piece go out all guns blazing in a primal outpouring of noise, fury and emotion. Alive with a cathartic sense of release, No Going Back carries an emotional clout to rival its grizzled rock ’n’ roll cacophony. A twisting tale of break-ups and clean slates, addiction and rehabilitation; it’s a journey that took Rooke to the brink and back again.
Speaking openly about the track’s forthright and intense subject matter, frontman Ben Rooke says: “I wrote this song around 2 years ago… The song was written about a break up with a long term partner, which involved drug use and rehab…. It was a tough time around 3 years ago, so I turned the madness of it all into a song, that was my way of dealing with it.”
With a palpable sense of heartache and anguish coursing through its every fibre, the frank lyrics of No Going Back leave a stark portrait of a songwriter at their most vulnerable, expressive and potent. With a grit reminiscent of Soundgarden or Nirvana, it’s a haunting, harrowing listen; not for the faint hearted – but all the more captivating for it.
The track was recorded at the beginning of November and was mixed by Chris Taylor at Liverpool’s legendary Parr Street Studios. As with their previous singles Time To Loose The Blues, Dirty Little Sinner, and Today; No Going Back was also produced by Brit-Pop mastermind Fraser Smith. Taking inspiration from the seminal songbooks of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and the masterful melodies of their many Brit Pop acolytes, Regent revel in the works of those past masters and carry their mantle on to a new generation.
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.