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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Monday, May 29, 2006


The Vintage, Wellington (28 May)

It kicked ass.

The crowd

They kicked ass.

And boy, did we kick ass.



Yeah a big thanks to everyone in Wellington. These boys and girls got a full-blown mosh pit going. We had dancing on tables and chairs. Such a buzz. When the audience is this good you get all the energy you ever need.

By Blogger Johnny Hoover, at 4:13 pm, May 29, 2006  

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Thank you Stephen Gerrard!

The REOFFENDERS were all sitting near their respective radios, tvs and pcs yesterday willing Liverpool to win! Why? Cos Indesit would have been a grumpy bugger last night if they lost!

Indesit's Liverpool tattooIt was the FA Cup final you see and Indesit is a major Liverpool fan. Wears his colours on his sleeve as it were (see pic >>)!

Indesit and Hotpoint were meant to be following me n Hoover up to Taunton where we were playing last night, but plans were rearranged as the match went into extra time and then penalties.

Luck was on our side and Liverpool won, which meant that not only was Indesit a happy bunny but Carl, the landlord at the Westgate was also extremely happy. He's a scouser too so there was much celebrating.

We got a really good reception with people dancing around all night. Even Hotpoint came out from behind the speakers and joined in with the dancing out front while still playing bass. We kept up our new ritual of playing one two hour. Tis good fun!


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Friday, May 12, 2006

Our First Trip to Dartmouth

Punk rock hit Dartmouth last night in a warm up to the Dartmouth music festival. The Dolphin Inn was very accommodating, and Mo who had booked us was friendly to the point of pinching Hoover's bottom! Ooh er!

Bands play in what is sort of an alcove so it's abit odd. You're kind of looking through a doorway to the rest of the pub. As a result, the sound is very very loud where the band is because the sound bounces off the walls abit. Looking forward to getting my earplugs!!!

It was a cracking night at what must be the furthest we've travelled for a gig - for the Exeter lot anyway! Twas a long journey home of wiggly roads but the buzz is worth it. Looking forward to doing it again on Saturday!


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Oooh! the pretty lights!

pretty lightsMe n Hoover splashed out on some lights this week. We'd initially wanted a load of PAR56s, which tend to be standard but we'd tried one before and you have to stand about 2 miles away from the things and in alot of pubs, it's just not possible.

The car's also getting a tad full since we got our second monitor so we went for the more compact approach. AND.... I get buttons to play with to control the lights! Hmmm, singing, tambourine playing and pressing buttons is abit of a mission for someone who can't pat her head and rub her tummy, but I'm sure it'll get better.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Gone to the Dogz

Hot off the press news: we'll be playing with Diamond Dogz at The Vintage in Wellington on Sunday 28th May. With a bank holiday Monday the following day, a late licence till 2am and the Dogz making their first appearance there too, the place is sure to be jam packed so get there early!

We're very excited. Now I just have the teensy problem of finding someone to cover my shift at work!


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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Too Hot - So Cool - Union Inn Moretonhampstead

What a great night last night at The Union Inn with "Too Hot"... so much good stuff, hardly know where to start...

The Pub - Fantastic!

The back of the Union Inn has just been refurbished into a cracking venue for bands, parties, just about anything. We had a great stage and lights. And to cap it all off there were over a dozen real ales out the back to inaugurate the newlook Union. Morphy-Richards reported the beer was "excellent" and the best she'd had in a long time - she proved this by returning to the bar more regularly than a Sunderland keeper goes into the back of the net.

REOFFENDERS - another triumph

People sure seemed to like the Hoover antics and it was certainly a big laugh to have a radio-mike and run all over the room! Cheers to Dave the landlord for promising to book us again for a proper gig - you can be sure Morph will be chasing you up for that.

Too Hot - tight as a tight thing that's really tight

These guys are brilliant. I've not seen them since this time last year when they headlined at BMAD. Bouncing is what they are. You can't stand still with them up there giving it large with those ska toons. Now ageing ol' Hoover will happily admit to being a big Two-Tone fan way back so i think i knows me ska - these boys do it right and good.

...and it was an auspicious night when the famed Bethy Bosch stepped out to see the REOFFENDERS for the first time ever... cos before she was up there with us on the Bass - and we did Toy Dolls just for her... have a safe trip back to Leeds, Bethy and Lou x

Over and out



What an attractive picture of me! Not!

Cheers Hoover for sharing that with the world! And thanks to Hotpoint for the fingers behind my head. Hmmpfh

By Blogger Heather, at 2:43 pm, May 10, 2006  

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Golly! Fans!

Hoover, Indesit and I were Calling Orson at the Bowling Green last night.

We had just started the second set and were playing an Incubus song. Some students walked past, pointed and looked very excitedly through the window. I assumed that they were thinking that it was unusual to hear Incubus covered. A minute passed before two of them leapt through the door of the pub, gave us the thumbs up, grinned at us and shouted "REOFFENDERS!", before carrying on their way.

Awwww, thanks guys!


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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Looking After Band Equipment

I've been mulling over for a while now about ear protection. I didn't think I particularly needed it, but was aware that I was the only one in the band that didn't have the first signs of tinnitus. This goes back to Bethy's days.

So anyway, it's been in the back of my mind but the price tag is around £200 so I was concerned that I had to get the right thing.

I came across a website Don't Lose the Music and the following quotes made my decision for me pretty quickly. Two weeks ago, I was fitted for custom fitted ER15 musicians earplugs at the princely sum of £165. The rest of the band is waiting with baited breath to hear my verdict. Another week, and I should have them. My ears were ringing after BMAD so I can't wait.


Moby: "When I first started playing in bands I never wore hearing protection and we played as loud as we possibly could. One night I came home from a punk rock show and my ears were ringing, as they often did. And they were still ringing the next day. And the next. Ever since then I've always worn some sort of hearing protection when exposed to very loud music because I realised that once my hearing is gone it will never return."

Jon Harper - Cooper Temple Clause: "I think hearing issues are really important. I'm a musician, it's my profession. My ears are the most important thing to me. I use moulded ER15 earplugs - if it's good enough for Radiohead, it's good enough for me. My ears are fine - it's my liver that's shot!"

Danny McNamara - Embrace: "The first six months I had tinnitus were awful. Every night I'd go to bed with the radio on just to drown out the constant and awful high pitched 'test card tone' in my head. I went onto the internet to find a solution only to discover there is no real cure, among all the coping strategies and group workshops. I went to a specialist who told me the years of loud music had done irreparable damage to my ears, all I could do was see that it didn't get worse.

Five years on and I've learned to live with it, pretty much. I have days when it gets me down but not many. All I want to say is if you've just disovered you've got tinnitus don't despair - although it never goes away it does stop bringing you down after a while. If you haven't got tinnitus for God's sake take care of your ears before it's too late."


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Still Buzzing

I'm still buzzing after the BMAD weekend. There's nothing quite like taking to the big stage - an arena that is finally big enough for our egos!

Hotpoint was running around like a mad thing including ontop of the speaker stacks. I think he enjoyed himself! I got snagged by a short mic lead, otherwise I'd have been over the otherside of the stage too.

It was a tremendous weekend. Well done to Radar who organised the bands and dealt with some last minute cancellations very calmly. The BMAD guys organise this event as volunteers. They're not professional event organisers and credit should be given to them for arranging such a smoothly run festival. Well done guys. I hope you raised lots of cash.


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