Punk Rock: Classic and Modern

The REOFFENDERS are on an indefinite break. Never say never, but we currently have no plans to play. However, we had joy and we had fun... and we blogged about it. Enjoy reading and reliving some good times.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

August Gig 1/19 - The Mansion House, Bridgwater

Dunno how long this will last, but I thought I'd do a blog for each of these August gigs to give you an idea of life here in REOFFENDERS bandworld.

I suppose I'm the best placed to do this as I've packed in work for the next six weeks (at least) so I'm probably the one with the most spare time!

First up and its Friday night in Bridgwater at The Mansion House. We'd had a weekend off beforehand, so, as ever, we wondered if we'd forgotten everything! Still, things in the REOFFENDERS camp were starting to have a bit of a holiday mood. Everybody counting down days left at work till Cornwall.

The Mansion House shape dictates that we don't have our usual 1-4 formation, with Katie playing sweeper. In fact here we play a 0-5 formation straight across one side of the pub. Bully and I on one side of Katie and Heather and Paul on the other. Makes it hard for me to dance much with Heather and Paul, so Paul and I made do with blowing kisses to each other every now and again.

Although the pub was pretty much empty as we set up, it packed out nicely for the first set and I thought we did "rather well". There was a nice blend of people who'd seen us before and newbies..., the night before Heather and I had been in Bridgwater to see The Damned play at The Palace, and the support band were a bunch of Bridgwater chancers called "Fizzy Milk". We were most impressed with their music and especialy the onstage antics. Great songs and funny as f&%k too!...

Check them out at

..and who's in the audience the next day but the Fizzy Milk guys. It was great to catch up so soon to tell them how much we'd enjoyed them. Also nice to have a choice of saps to attack during Toxic.

It was also good news to hear the the Bridgwater Somerfest all-dayer the week before had gone well. The guys at the Mansion House promote a lot of bands and a huge marquee and stage etc etc. It's a lot of work and a lot of risk, so I'm pleased it was a big success.

I met a nice guy called Stuart who was over from Newbury - an old punk he was! If you can get us any gigs in Berkshire mate, we'll be there.

At the end the gig turned into somewhat of a Pistols-fest. We played Anarchy for some nice peole who had asked for Pistols and everybody danced around like mad things. Seemed right to throw in Pretty Vacant to much more general approval. Calls for an encore led to a My Way rendition and hell, just for them, we ended with Holidays in the Sun... "cos we're off for our holiday in the sun"

Thats one down, 18 to go then....

Miles on the van today = 84
Total miles in August = 84


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