The Rezner, so good they’re taking the Micky!
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Cornwall’s fast rising newcomers caused absolute SCENES for BBC Introducing (Cornwall) and Kick Out The Jams (London) during Independent Venue Week. Then, they released debut single, ‘Micky’ at the end of March. Incredibly positive and excited reactions to this instant classic, have made a lot happen already. The video received UK AND USA premieres. Fresh from storming The Brighton Mix Up festival at #TGE19, this is a band with an arsenal of hooky big songs up their sleeves, the future is bright.
‘Micky’ is a story of youthful hope tempered by the reality of unrequited love and was written when the band were at Truro College studying music. It’s raucous, hooky, instant and one helluva calling card. As is the live presence of The Rezner, themselves.
Arriving to the general public with such a a hip cracking, ear smacking TUNE has helped the affable young musicians make new friends – including up and coming in her own right, TV/Radio host/presenter, Louise Schofield (BBC, National Film Awards etc) who interviewed The Rezner at TheZineUK documentary’s 5th Anniversary kick off gig (and used ‘Micky’ to soundtrack the short film report from the evening)
In April, the band were nabbed by This Feeling and Alan McGee / Creation 23 Records for a Central London show at The Social. They really made an impression (‘slap you in your face, put you on the floor and get right back up again because you fucking love it) reviewed Ramble On Magazine! Stay tuned for their next news! Official website http://therezner.co.uk/
“This powerful and strident band came out kicking and screaming and left myself and others in complete awe of their raw and unapologetic sound.” (Clunk Magazine)
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There is no better way to describe The Rezner’s forthcoming debut single, Micky’ than just in your face rock and roll. It is raw, it is loud and it is almost indie garage rock perfection.” (The Girls At The Rock Show, USA)
Interview with Fruit Magazine
‘Mickey’ by The Rezner is “a sub three minute banger that’s as infectious as it is rambunctious.”read all about it at The Grey Lantern: https://thegreylantern.com/the-rezner-debut-single-mickey/
“…one of the most exciting bands I have seen in recent months” Clunk Magazine live review of BBC Introducing’s IVW19 show https://clunkmag.com/independent-venue-week-the-old-bakery-truro
“garage-rock roots with pop smacked melodies and propulsive rhythms” Indie Buddie review of ‘Micky’ is at http://indiebuddie.com/worth-a-listen-141/
US Video premiere for ‘Micky’ on Big Take Over Magazine; “The rockin’ video channels all that teenage hormonal euphoria into a giddily brash and unabashed band performance that will knock your teenybopper socks off, no matter what your age.” http://bigtakeover.com/news/VideoPremiereMickybyTheRezner
A punky Britpop tinted force for good, set to make a distinctive mark, THE REZNER have credible songs and the triple X factor has sparked early belief:
“I can’t help thinking back to the Arctic Monkeys when they were doing the pub circuit. I kid you not I think these boys are that good.” (Supersonics)
“Young upstarts” “with enough cocksure swagger to make Alex Turner blush.” (GigSoup)
“In the 25 years I’ve been writing about music in Cornwall, it’s very rare that a new band can stop me in my tracks, already imagining them headlining festivals, within half a song. I’ve only truly felt this four or five times and The Rezner have that special indefinable “Thing” (Lee Trewhela, CornwallLive)
2019 UK TOUR
ROYAL ALBERT HALL
w/ BUZZCOCKS & SKIDS
A Unique One-Off Evening with Buzzcocks, The Skids, Penetration and special guests.
At The Royal Albert Hall, London, Friday June 21st 2019
Buzzcocks can confirm their performance on Friday 21 June 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall. After the tragic death of their frontman and founder member Pete Shelley, the remaining members felt that the evening should become a tribute to Pete and a celebration of his life.
They will be performing with some special guest vocalists including Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible (The Damned), Peter Perrett (Only Ones), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Pauline Murray (Penetration), Richard Jobson (The Skids), original Buzzcocks Steve Garvey and John Maher and compere for the evening Paul Morley, with more guests to be announced soon.
This will be first time that the Royal Albert Hall has hosted an evening of music featuring a three-band bill of some of the premier artists from the 1970’s punk and new wave scene.
Buzzcocks formed in Manchester in February 1976 having witnessed The Sex Pistols live onstage, they then became the first British punk band to form their own label releasing their debut and seminal Spiral Scratch EP on New Hormones later that year.
A few months later they signed to United Artists becoming one of the punk and new wave scene’s most enduring and successful bands enjoying consistent chart success with hits such as ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’, ‘What Do I Get?’, ‘Promises’ and ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’. They toured with Nirvana and Pearl Jam and even had a BBC TV show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks named after them. An indication of their longevity and influence.
Veteran punk band, The Damned, broke the mould two years ago and became the first band from 70’s punk explosion to play the prestigious venue, selling it out completely and playing a three -hour career-spanning set. Such a success was the event that the public demanded more similar appearances the Royal Albert Hall was equally keen. Three bands were approached and all leapt at this once in a lifetime opportunity to grace a stage on which none of them ever expected to appear.
Closing the evening are punk first wave legends The Buzzcocks. Formed in Manchester in February 1976 having witnessed The Sex Pistols play, they became the first British punk band to form their own label. They released their debut Spiral Scratch EP on New Hormones later that year.
A few months later they signed to United Artists becoming one of the punk and new wave scene’s most enduring and successful bands enjoying consistent chart success with hits such as ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’, ‘What Do I Get?’ and ‘Promises’. As an indication of their longevity and influence along the way they’ve even had a BBC TV show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks named after them!
At The Manchester Rock Against Racism Carnival
The Skids from Falkirk were one of Scotland’s first ever punk bands. Formed by guitarist Stuart Adamson (later of Big Country) they were fronted by the charismatic Richard Jobson, often remembered for his electrifying Top Of The Pops appearances.
Radio support from John Peel for their self-released ‘Charles’ EP led them to sign to Virgin Records in April 1978 with whom they had many successful singles including ‘Masquerade’, ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’ and the Top 10 hit ‘Into The Valley’, before evolving their sound into a more post-punk direction. Their influence is still felt today with two of the biggest contemporary rock bands, Green Day and U2, uniting in 2006 to cover The Skids’ ‘The Saints Are Coming’, a track from the band’s ‘Wide Open’ EP from 1978 as a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The song reached number one in ten countries worldwide and number two in the UK charts.
This will be The Skids last full band electric show for the foreseeable future.
Opening the evening is Penetration, the north-east of England’s first punk band and one of the few to be fronted by a woman; in this case the irrepressible Pauline Murray. Their debut single, ‘Don’t Dictate’, released in 1977 on Virgin Records, remains an enduring classic of the era as does their seminal debut album Moving Targets.
One of the first punk bands to move in a new wave direction, this brought them their greatest success with the hit single ‘Come Into The Open’, before Pauline Murray left to pursue a solo career.
“I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.” – Steve Diggle, Buzzcocks
“The Albert Hall gig is going to be an extraordinary event. Hopefully our greatest gig! I’m practising my back flip especially for the night (LOL) It’s going to be the the last Skids gig for a while so my friends lets rip the roof off AHOY! AHOY!” – Richard Jobson, vocalist The Skids
“The band is looking forward to our appearance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall with The Buzzcocks and The Skids. From the tiny Roxy Club in 1977 to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in 2019, it’s been quite a journey!” – Pauline Murray, singer Penetration
Legendary punk band Skids are back with their first ever acoustic album. Following the success of 2018’s album Burning Cities, which was the band’s first new material since 1981, and fired up by the fan response to songs both new and old on the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour, the band has been inspired to reinterpret songs from their catalogue in this new way.
Richard Jobson explains;
“I was nervous of re-visiting the past, especially the music of the Skids. What would the music sound like against a backdrop of a changed world? What would the words feel like in these cynical times? Of course the obvious question is why put your head above the parapet. Let sleeping dogs lie.
But these questions wouldn’t go away. So, in the end, we tried playing the songs again. Original members of the band, guided by Bruce Watson, found the energy and passion that was still there in the material. It was a truly amazing experience.
After recording a new album Burning Cities, we played all over the UK. It was difficult not to smile with joy every night. Fans had become friends who cared about the music and words and the live performances as much as we did.
Amidst all of this happy madness Bruce and I played a few songs acoustically at a charity night in our hometown of Dunfermline. This was something I thought could never be done. These songs were written to be played with electric guitars after all. But the songs had a different power when played acoustically, a new energy. For the first time ever the words were centre stage and we found new melodies and arrangements for songs that for the people who cared might have thought would be impossible.
Under Bruce’s production guidance we recorded songs from all of the different phases of the band, from every album. And it was all there, evident in the songs: triumph, rage, camaraderie, and a positivity that has always been and will always be the motivation of the band’s music and words.
The intimacy of the recordings re-introduce the songs with my voice at their heart with a genuine vulnerability and honesty. I’m not the greatest of singers but those qualities are something to be proud of especially in an era where they might be regarded as being pointless. I don’t think so. I hope you agree.”
|1||Into The Valley (Acoustic version)|
|2||A World On Fire (Acoustic version)|
|3||Kings of the New World Order (Acoustic version)|
|4||The Saints Are Coming (Acoustic version)|
|5||Animation (Acoustic version)|
|6||Hurry On Boys (Acoustic version)|
|7||Blood and Soil (Acoustic version)|
|8||Fields (Acoustic version)|
|9||Kreuzberg ’79 (Acoustic version)|
|10||Desert Dust (Acoustic version)|
The Cambridge Rock Festival (CRF) is run by enthusiastic but highly experienced volunteers, so no big corporate vibe, just people who like great music, and watching great bands! We’ve been running festivals for long enough (and going to them for even longer!) to know that we can’t control the weather and just like you, we’d rather not get soaked, so the CRF stages, and its audience are housed inside large marquees… CRF, thinking about what you want!
We guess you won’t want too much hassle, so we let you camp right by the event arena, not miles away. If you don’t like camping there’s loads of Travelodges and other accommodation pretty close by.
It’s easy to get to, just yards from junction 12 of the M11, at Haggis Farm Polo Club, just outside Cambridge.
We’ve been doing it for years (this is the 15th full festival, with a number of other events too). So unlike others that come and go, we’ve got used to knowing what people like and don’t like and every year gets better. And remember, ultimately we’re just fans too…
We have over 80 real ales, craft ales, craft lagers, farmhouse ciders and the new Pimms, Gin, and Prosecco Bar. This year we have a great selection of food types, including vegetarian / vegan selections and gluten free food on site. Traders range from many festival favourites, such as Thai, Indian, crepes, hog roast, BBQ/burgers, toasted sarnies, scotch eggs, salads and homemade cakes.
We get fans and bands from all over the UK and abroad, and despite (perhaps because?) we’re run by volunteers having a great time, many bands say it’s one of the best organised and run events they play and are always asking to come back whether they’re a local band or a major name.
So if you’ve often thought about it but never quite made it, get some tickets now and see (and hear) for yourself!
And as for this year’s music…
Wow! Two big main stages and a smaller one with semi-acoustic acts this year, over 65 bands in total, featuring some of the best classic rock, blues and prog you’ll find. What’s more, some of these are bands you won’t find playing anywhere else anytime soon so come to the CRF and see them with us! These include a mixture of bands we know that you know and love plus some new bands you’ve been asking for, and if not everyone in your family/friends is into classic rock we’ve got a few other genres to keep them happy too! Full details via the link below…
Don Airey & friends ~ FM ~ Caravan
Son Of Man ~ Seyes ~ Franck Carducci
Atomic Rooster ~ Cats In Space
Kingdom Of Madness: Classic Magnum
The Mentulls ~ Ben Poole ~ Mostly Autumn
The Pure Floyd Show ~ The Room ~ Winter In Eden
John Otway Big Band ~ The Hayley Griffiths Band
. . . and many more on the Line-up page!! . . .
May 10th sees the release of a mini live album from Cambridge band The Scissors.
Captured at The Smokehouse Ipswich with a selection of music from all three of their studio albums, this is the band at their very best – vital, unrestrained and packed with energy. The raw sound of the live Scissors experience is captured perfectly and demonstrates the pure energy of the band on stage.
Here’s a taster Promo reel vid
The album will be available digitally thru the usual outlets or from https://germanshepherdrecords.bandcamp.com/
Failed rock stars have all the best stories… and even better lessons
Along the way there will be goodies, baddies, gun toting label execs, life-saving surgeons, therapy, true love, loyalty, hope, breakdowns, suicidal managers, betrayal, drummers and way too many hangovers. It’s a story about why you learn better lessons from good losers. Why it really is all about the journey. Why you really must do that thing, even though you’re going to fail. Why motivational Self Help is bullshit. Why music is the best. And why in the end, it really was all rather simple.
Keeping On is part memoir, part exposé of the music world’s murky underbelly and part collection of life lessons gained from many years of ‘trying’ but ultimately having to learn to live with defeat. Emotional, painfully honest, funny, informative and ridiculous, it takes the reader into the daily reality of a musician during the music industry’s historic recent transformation – and is filled with digressions about society, politics and the human condition. It is also a celebration and a tribute to the life-saving magic that is music.
Support the publication of this book here
Other fun extras include ‘How to get in the charts (it’s easy!)’, ‘Secrets From My Therapy’ and tips for emerging musicians (‘Everything becomes f**ked when you start earning money’).
About the author
‘Mastermind Kennedy is more exciting than 90% of bands today’ – Shout4Music
From South Wales, James Kennedy is a professional musician with a Top 50 best-selling album, over a million song streams and over half a million online followers/ nutters, who call themselves ‘Misfits’. Hearing impaired due to childhood surgery, James has become an ambassador for several hearing charities, as well as speaking on panels and writing articles on a wide range of issues including mental health, the music industry and politics. He has toured much of the world, featured in many mainstream music publications, owns the music company Konic Records and has a new solo album set for global release in late 2019. ‘Keeping On’ is his first book.
Anticitizen is a Hardcore aracho punk band formed in early 2012 in Washington, NJ. They released their latest ep ‘Stand Up and Fight’ last year, and you can hear it here:
Since their first debut, the band has played 150+ shows and has 5 releases with great success.
The band’s driven and uncompromising sound has lead them to a large East Coast following and critical acclaim.
The band’s melodies echo the work of bands such as The Casualties while their gritty hardcore hooks are reminiscent of the work of artists such as Discharge, The Exploited or The Varukers, among others.
The rhythm section blasts beats relentlessly, while the grinding guitar tones cut through the mix. The vocals are raw and powerful with enough brutality to nearly border with Crust Punk.
We are a bunch of punks from Hackettstown and Washington ready to fuck shit up! We are branching out and keeping the scene alive, if you want to play a show with us or order merch shoot us an Email at Anticitizenpunk@gmail.com