It's time to share the sad news that PandaFest regulars, The Rezner have decided to part ways. Following their final headline gig at Camden Rocks Festival, we decided to take a look back to when they rocked the Jungle Stage at PandaFest 2021...
The Rezner going in hard at The Jungle Stage - 2021
Sam - guitar & vocals / Red - guitar & vocals / Liam - bass / Zè - drums
We’re joined backstage by the indie garage rock sensations, The Rezner.
And have also been joined by punk rabble-rousers The Velvet Hands.
Now Sam, we just heard The Velvet Hands on the main stage, they set the bar pretty high didn’t they?
TR: Yeah, they did, they were amazing
I always wonder, is it better to go on later or on the bigger stage?
TR: Well, I think that not only is it better to go on later than on a bigger stage, but I think also, what we’ve got is the uh , we’ve got the bar right next to our stage - so we don’t need to advertise, everyone’s going to be there anyway
Welcome back to Cornwall all of you, when are you heading back on up to that London?
TR: I'm heading off tomorrow.
TVH: Me too, tomorrow
TR: What train you on? 11 o clock?
TVH: Nah 5pm
"Basically all we did was copy
The Velvet Hands"
Some of you are only recent migrants to London, you moved there fairly recently. How are you finding it?
TR: Well, I’ve dyed my hair blonde and I’ve got a mullet now
TVH: So it’s going well
TR: It’s going swimmingly well
Sounds like it. Sam, how you getting on up there?
TR: I’m having a great time. Its going well, I moved up before the rest of these guys, so I really opened the door for them
TR: Basically all we did was copy The Velvet Hands. We thought, ooh they’ve moved to London.
TR: Ooh, they’re in Camden
TVH: They even drink in the same pub as us now, but I’ve never seen them make it to the end of the night. I’ve never seen The Rezner past 11 pm
TR: You’re one to talk. The other night! I’ve hardly seen you in there
For any one who wants to see the sight of a comatose The Rezner, what pub are we talking about?
TR: The Horley Arms
The Velvet Hands playing The Main Stage
Toby - vocals & guitar / Dan - vocals & guitar / Louis - vocals & drums / Sam - bass
Alright, now then, I believe Velvet Hands, you’ve got some new stuff on the way…
TVH: We do, we recorded seven - we’ve got seven tracks yeah
Where have you been recording?
TVH: At the cube - somewhere near chivvy roundabout
TVH: Yeah so we’ve got seven, I think we’re gonna do four or five more. We’ll probably do an album, not confirmed, but ninety percent sure. We were gonna do an EP but should have an album coming out in 2022
Brilliant! Okay, what about The Rezner? What do we have to look forward to from you?
TR: Well, umm, we can’t say the exact date right now, but we should have a new single coming out. Then after that we wanna look at getting another two out
TR: We are looking at doing a little tour around the UK
"Today at PandaFest has been my favourite gig actually "
Talking of gigs, and getting back into the gig circuit; how have you found that after lock-down?
TR: I’ve loved it - we haven’t done a proper tour back yet, but we’re playing our fifth gig I think. We did a headline at the old bakery last week. There was a lost of moshing.
And then this today at PandaFest has been my favourite gig actually - I just had a lot of fun.
You’ve all played a variety of cities. Out of all the cities, which would you say is the ‘Moshiest’ you’ve ever played at?
TR: Truro is pretty moshy
TVH: Truro! Plymouth
TR: Plymouth, they love it
TVH: I’m gonna say Oxford
TVH: Yeah no, Oxford was probably the most wild. At The Jericho Tavern, We got put on the bill there with a band called Fat Lava
So Oxford set the bar pretty high in terms of being mental?
TVH: Yeah, the actual venue is a real iconic venue - I think supergrass and Radiohead started around there.
TR: You boys played with us at our last London gig in Shoreditch, that was mad - Liverpool is always mad too.
A couple of quick fire questions now
Fender or Gibson?
What's the best combo amp to go with a Fender?
TR: Blues Deluxe - but both of ours are broken
London or Manchester?
TR: Sorry Manchester - We played twice in Manchester to no one, so has to be London
Strokes or Idles
TR: I would be more Idles
What do you like about Idles?
TR: Well y’know it seems to be really cool and hip to like the strokes so…
TVH: Cool and hip? You’ve got a mullet
Pixies or Nirvana?
TR: There would be no Nirvana without Pixies. They’re almost like an English band, that's how good they are
Bob Villain or Sleaford Mods?
TVH: I haven’t listened to Bob Villain yet
TR: He’s an angry guy
Should you ever fight a man with a perm?
The Velvet Hands, which is your favourite Rezner song?
TVH: Definitely Mickey
Sam from The Rezner, what is your fave VH song?
TR: I would probably say Habit off their first album - I’m not even joking, I mean they hate it, but honestly I like it, I think its a great song. I think everyone should listen to Habit and who cares
Red, your fave VH song?
TR: Sam stole my answer. But I’ll go for Give Me Some Time - because that is an absolute - kudos to the boys. The music video is great too
Thank you very much to The Rezner and The Velvet Hands for hanging around for a quick chat with us at PandaFest 2021. We wish The Rezner a fond farewell and thank them for their contribution toward PandaFest throughout the years,
they will be missed.
You can check out The Rezner's tunes on Spotify and Apple Music, or check out their website
The Velvet Hands next gig is June 16th 2022 at The Social, London. Tickets now on sale