Regressive Left share video for ‘World On Fire’

Regressive Left press photo
Photo credit: Luis Kramer

Luton’s Regressive Left just released their much-anticipated debut EP ‘On The Wrong Side Of History,’ featuring four tracks of infectious, acerbic dance-punk recorded earlier this year in Sheffield with producer and musician Ross Orton (Amyl & The Sniffers, MIA, Add N To (X)).

The EP, out now via London tastemakers Bad Vibrations, has seen significant press and radio support for its singles from the likes of The Sunday Times, NME, DIY, Dork, So Young, Loud & Quiet, CLASH, Brooklyn Vegan, WAX, Under The Radar, Gigwise, BBC 6 Music and more. You can buy the ‘On The Wrong Side Of History’ EP here.

In celebration of the release, the band have shared a final video from the record, with an EP highlight in The World On Fire set to animated visuals by Dante Traynor. The band’s own Simon Tyrie had the following to say about the themes behind The World On Fire. “I don’t know if we’ll ever write a song that’s as obvious as this. It does what it says on the tin. We’re burning the world for the sake of investment portfolios, and hoping that so-called green stocks can save us, when the problem is the system itself.” 

Watch the video clip for World On Fire via YouTube below and watch the lyric video for The Wrong Side Of History here.

As well as the new studio material, recent festival shows at the likes of Wide Awake, Great Escape and Best Kept Secret have seen sizeable numbers turning up for the band as word continues to spread on the strength of their live shows.

Earlier in the year, the three-piece also toured in support of their friends BODEGA and Folly Group, and September will see their first ever headlining dates in support of the EP.

Catch Regressive Left live at:


26 Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
28 Glasgow – Hug & Pint
30 Manchester – YES


2 Bedford – Esquires
4 Brighton – Prince Albert
6 Margate – Elsewhere
20 London – The Lexington

More information on Regressive Left

In dark, troubling times, maybe the most instantly gratifying solace one can seek is a wittily barbed diagnosis of the situation. “The fox has his den. The bee has his hive. The stoat … his stoat-hole,” Stewart Lee once remarked: “But only man chooses to make his nest in an investment opportunity.”

Caustic retorts like this are what fuel the debut EP by dance-punk outfit Regressive Left, ‘On The Wrong Side of History’. For pervading through their dynamic and glitching music is a duty to report unflinchingly society’s ills. They are a staunchly political group, but far from your average po-faced by-numbers punk band. There is a gristly social commentary at the band’s core, but the songs themselves are characterised by a need to have fun, to find some kind of solace and escapism from the inevitable rapture.

Hailing from the ex-industrial town of Luton, Simon Tyrie (vocals, electronics), Georgia Hardy (drums, backing vocals) and Will Crosby (guitars, backing vocals) make up Regressive Left. Having spent their teenage years playing in unsuccessful indie bands, sometimes together, the trio used their first-lockdown boom of creativity to try their hands at something new. November 2020 saw the release of their wobbly electro-punk debut single Eternal Returns, which was swiftly tailed by acclaimed follow-ups ‘Take the Hit’ and ‘Cream Militia’, tours with the likes of Bodega and Folly Group, festival appearances at End of the Road, Latitude and Wide Awake, and a sold out headline at The Windmill.

Recorded over an intense five-day spell with in-demand producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, MIA, Amyl and The Sniffers) in Sheffield, Regressive Left’s debut EP ‘On The Wrong Side of History’ was immortalised over a handful of 11am-1am sessions in his studio. In many ways it is a time capsule of the maelstrom of ideas that got the group to this point in the first place – the infuriating, bleak political climate, and the urge to find escapism from it – consigned to vinyl in one herculean effort.

“Before we started working with Ross, we spent two hours on a call with him putting the world to rights,” Tyrie says. “Even though he lives up the other end of the country, we felt we had more in common with him than any London producers that wanted to work with us. He understood the project and what we were about, and that was really important to us.”

Taking influence from the booming post-punk, funk and disco scenes of New York, Regressive Left’s sound is stark and danceable. Angular guitar scratches meet dirty synth basslines, whilst Simon Tyrie’s Edwyn Collins croon is chased around by effervescent drums.

The EP’s title track (‘The Wrong Side of History’) is a sprawling, club-ready number, driven by chromatic earworm motifs on a bright analogue synth. Here, Regressive Left revel in repetition, each bar introducing a new glitching layer to the composition, whilst Tyrie’s sardonic vocals become increasingly frenzied. “I started writing it years ago,” says the frontman: “It was more of a basic spoken word piece from a place of anger and bitterness. Over time it became more and more silly, until it became something to dance to. But on a more granular level, it’s about western imperialism, greed, capital, fear of the other… and what it means to be ‘on the wrong side of history’”.

‘World on Fire’ sees a live favourite committed to record with infernal aplomb. Frenetic drums and breathy vocal harmonies from Georgia Hardy propel the track in all sorts of directions, whilst Crosby’s guitar playing alternates between astral reverb-laden soloing and choppy Talking Heads fare.

Amidst the catharsis, Tyrie’s vocals are a glib stream of consciousness; “the world for a trust fund”, he yelps throughout. Speaking about the track, the frontman says: “We’re burning the world for the sake of investment portfolios. Meanwhile we’re hoping that so-called green stocks can save us, when the problem is the system itself.”

‘Bad Faith’ is an LCD-style dance-punk cracker that sears along at breakneck pace, synthesised bells in tow. Valentine Caulfield from the Manchester experimental combo Mandy, Indiana makes a guest appearance, quoting French psychoanalyst Octave Mannoni’s paradoxical mechanism: “Je sais bien, mais quand même.” In other words: “I know very well, but even so…” The lyrics are acerbic, a comment on a counterproductive political media climate overly concerned with bad faith arguments. “This song essentially focuses on the idea of deliberately assuming the worst of someone or something they’ve said or done”, remarks Tyrie: “Social media has really amplified this trend: everyone has to have a take. So we read between the lines and make wild accusations on the faintest of evidence. It’s something of an art, but one that I think is ultimately detrimental to society.”

Meanwhile No More Fun is a flashy closer mixing a litany of fizzing electronic textures with a lightning drum performance – sounding somewhere between Suicide and The Rapture, a wild-eyed post-internet CAN.

“This song was originally called ‘Tuna In A Cash Bag,’” Tyrie says. “It was around the time of the free school meals debacle, and someone posted a picture of some tuna scraped into a plastic coin bag to show how meagre and depressing the “free school meals” were for the kids that needed them. I saw someone reply to the tweet saying ‘Tuna In A Cash Bag’ sounded like a song John Peel would play, so obviously we had to write it.”

This anecdote and No More Fun is Regressive Left – in all their glory and writhing contradictions – in microcosm. The banal horror of life in Tory Britain, expressed with sharp and dry wit and then set to truly barnstorming and infectious dance music. An apt soundtrack for the end times.

‘On The Wrong Side Of History’ EP track listing
1. The Wrong Side of History
2. World On Fire
3. Bad Faith (ft. Mandy, Indiana) 
4. No More Fun

‘On The Wrong Side of History’ is out now on Bad Vibrations Records

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