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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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Busy Bank Holiday!

We continued our busy weekend with a late booking at the Longbrooke in Exeter. It's a great venue for live music and its nice that we consistently fill the place and get a good reception. My favourite moment was the guy in the Ministry Tshirt headbanging to Seasons in the Sun.

Bully had his monitor and mic stand flattened once again but not through drunkeness....twas a balloon accident! A nice lady was dancing in front of the band and lost her footing through shock when a load of red balloons came her way.

Sunday night was back at the Vintage. The gig had been moved indoors and we were a bit sad about that... until the heavens opened at about 8pm and suddenly we were very glad to be inside. As usual, the Vintage massive pogoed like gooduns from start to finish. Well done to Steve for getting away from the bar for a few minutes during Seasons in the Sun, cheers to Dave for bringing some Exeter people up to Wellington (I told you it was mad, didn't I!) and to Nigel for moshing like a mad thing all night ;-)

Do we really have to wait till August to see you again? Apparently so, but we will be in the gardens next time hopefully so I want everyone in Wellington doing sunshine dances, ok?


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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Marine Theatre Last Night

We're just surfacing today after a late one last night, but a bloody good one :-)

Indesit and I went over to Lyme Regis at about 4pm to hand out flyers. A lot of Lyme Regis seemed to be either going home after their holiday or had kids so couldn't come out. I was starting to think I had a few too many flyers at one point.

Mummy Indesit had come down for the gig and is a demon on flyering so things picked up and we had hardly any left by half five. Hailing Star, our support band, had beaten us to the theatre so after quick hellos we got onto the job of bringing in amps and drums. It's surprising how quickly it all comes together, but it was hugely helpful that we had an external sound engineer who had already setup the PA.

Hailing Star started at 8.30pm and went down really well. They've only been together a couple of months and their all aged between 15 and 17. Very impressive stuff. They had a nice mixture of originals and covers.... their originals are so catchy that for a moment, I assumed they were covers.

We had a few interesting moments on stage (Bully losing his pick, Indesit reading a copy of the wrong setlist...) but on the whole, a great gig (if I may say so myself!). I do think we're at our best on a stage but my God, it was hot up there! It's very difficult to maintain the energy after two hours in that heat but I think that half way through, you start getting aclimatised to some degree.

After the gig, we chilled out a bit and mingled with the audience. Carol and her friend, who run a B&B locally, invited us to the Nags Head for post gig drinkies so we called in there on the way home. Poor buggers had to be up at 6am to do breakfasts! urgh! It also gave us another chance to meet up with Mummy Indesit again ;-)

Big thanks to Giles, the Merch Master and to Kataya for stepping in at short notice to do the lights. Oh and thanks to Nigel and Margie for booking us - we'll look forward to coming back next year.


hi i went the the lyme gig(amazing!) i was the kid with joe(who you said happy birthday to) hope to see you again

By Blogger terrysedge, at 9:25 pm, May 25, 2008  

hi gr8 gig thanks 4 sayin happy bday!well done 2 u and hailingstar.hope 2 c u soon

By Blogger parsons19, at 10:01 am, June 07, 2008  

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Phoenix Rises From the Ashes (again)

The Phoenix have had a bit of a turnaround on music and have decided to keep going, but to a strict budget. We've been lucky enough to keep both of our gigs that were booked, so thanks to The Phoenix and everyone who watches us there for sticking with us.

I think the pub is being run by temporary managers whilst its up for sale so time will tell what the future holds longterm.


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International(ish) again

The bit of good news we got today was that we're booked to play Jersey in October! Wooo!

Two gigs on 3rd and 4th October and we get to stay in a big posh hotel. Hoover's worked really hard to land this... well done!


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Bad News from Butlins

Butlins has a new entertainments manager at Minehead and in the middle of the changeover there was a mixup on our gig. I won't tell you the whole sad sorry story but our gig on June 8th at Butlins has been cancelled.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Marine Theatre THIS FRIDAY

Excitement is building in REOFFENDERS world as we look forward to a big stage gig on Friday. There's nothing quite like having room to run around, not to mention proper lights and big sound! It'll be a two hour onslaught of classic, modern and downright silly punk: everything from the Pistols to Britney with Rancid inbetween! lurrrvely

However we received sad news that Thirty Second Rule have had to withdraw from the support slot because of personal matters. They're gutted and I'm sad that I won't be hearing "Hidden Agenda" on Friday. Stepping into their place is Hailing Star, a young Exeter band who play a mixture of covers and originals. Check out their myspace - impressive stuff!

It's gonna be a great gig so don't miss out. Tickets are available from the Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138, priced at £6 in advance or £8 on the door.


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REOFFENDERS on the radio next week

Exmouth has a new radio station, Bay FM, and The REOFFENDERS will be interviewed next Wednesday on Martin Weller's show (6-8pm). Find them now on 107.9FM in the Exmouth area or listen online at

Station Manager, Andy Green is a good friend of ours and has worked hard on making a programme schedule with good variety. Something for everyone! They're on air between 19th May and 1st June and are hoping to be awarded a permanent licence so please, give them a listen and if you like what you hear, drop them a line to say so.

We're delighted to find so many of our friends in one place: Martin Weller (Crush UK and Bobkatz) and Radar Dyson both have shows. It's good to hear their ability to talk underwater going to good use ;-)


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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Unexpected Gig in Exeter this Saturday

I got a call from Ali at the Longbrook this evening. They had a cancellation on Saturday and needed someone to play.

So that's rather nice! We get to see all you lovely Exeter people sooner than expected


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Monday, May 19, 2008

A Great "Night Off" Last night

Hoover, Indesit and I went to Exeter Phoenix last night (with Si Cillet-Bang! who was home from Dorset for the weekend) to see the mighty Skindred. Skindred were great as always but the show was stolen a little by one of the support bands, Exeter based Sanguine.

They're a female fronted metal band who were also visually good to watch as well as musically. Their vocalist has an amazing voice from sweet melodic to full on screaming whilst the guitarist had great complimenting backing vocals.

Go and listen at Sanguine's Myspace. Your ears will love you for it. My favourites: War Song and Tonight


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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

It's All Gone Punk at Butlins!

We're playing at Butlins, Minehead in June as part of their 70s weekend. We knew that we were following a Blondie tribute band but while I was wandering around the internet t'other day, I spotted that the Sex Pistols Experience are playing Butlins the same day as us. I can only think that they're .. us!

What a cracking lineup! It'll be great to catch up with the SPE guys (and gals) again. If you haven't seen them before, make the effort. They look like the real thing and they sound like em too.

Rather looking forward to that now


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A Jolly Night at the Porter

We were at the Jolly Porter in Exeter on Saturday. As promised, we delivered a different set but we did repeat the newer songs to get them bedded in. They certainly felt alot better from my perspective after just those two gigs.

Indesit was feeling all excited with new toys. His Ibanez guitar has been in Mansons for the last couple of weeks getting a Bareknuckle Nailbomb pickup fitted. Nope, I don't know what that means either but he assures me that it's very good (but yes, he's right, it does squeal like a goodun now). He's had his Ibanez for about 15 years and it was nice to see it being first choice again.

Nice lady, Louise, was celebrating her birthday and danced with her friends all night, right down the front. By the time the balloons came out, they were getting downright silly with each of them stuffing balloons up their clothes in new and interesting ways. Made me laugh!

There was one guy at the front who was going mental at every song right from the start, including dancing on a table. When we did Antipope, I thought his head was going to explode! I knew that that song wouldn't be known by very many people but the ones that do know it, would go wild. I had a little smug moment, knowing that I was right ;-)

It was a really nice vibe on Saturday with new people still finding us. Thanks - we had a great time!


Great night but the hangover was evil!

By Blogger Helen Connole, at 4:17 pm, May 08, 2008  

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Death of a Music Venue

Venues always come and go - always have done. But we're particularly sorry to hear that the Phoenix is Exmouth is ceasing live music.

We've been playing there for three years now and have always had a great audience. It's one of the venues where I always felt that we had a home crowd.

So thanks to you Exmouth peeps for coming out to see us each time. We hope to see you at one of our Exeter gigs soon.


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Friday, May 02, 2008

New Stuff at the Longbrook

Exeter City FC was being televised in the playoff semi finals last night so our own kick off was delayed. The match also restricted soundchecking somewhat but we tried to be as unobtrusive as possible so as not to ruin anyone's enjoyment of the footy.

We started with a new song, Goldblade's "Fighting in the Dancehalls" which is a full on onslaught of energy. Unfortunately it also meant that the landlord wanted things turned down a bit. Not a problem but it took us a few songs to get the mix balanced again so the vocals were a bit quiet during the first few songs. Sorry about that ;-) Perhaps that was a side effect of the short soundcheck.

One guy got rather over excited during the second half. He'd had a shandy too many and launched himself at Bully to give him a hug (I think that's what was happening) and managed to take out a mic stand, monitor and pint of coke in one go. Impressive!

We'd deliberately tried to introduce lots of new material as well as songs that we haven't done for a while. We're very aware that lots of people will come to see us quite regularly and that playing the same set could get a bit stale. We also don't like the audience knowing what's coming next because we do things in the same order so we'd mixed things up a fair bit. In hindsight, we should've done a couple more of the silly ones but the new songs seemed to be well received.

New songs are:

The Damned - Antipope
The Jam - Going Underground
The Adverts - Gary Gilmores Eyes
Generation X - Ready Steady Go
Toy Dolls - The Death of Barry the Roofer (with vertigo)
The Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright
Goldblade - Fighting in the Dancehalls
Xray Specs - Germ Free Adolescent
Ian Jury and the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

All of these got an outing last night with the exception of Germ Free Adolescent. It's a slow song and sounds really good but does stand out as being much slower than the rest of the set. I'd intended to stick it in at the start of the encore but changed my mind last minute because people were enjoying bouncing around too much and I didn't want to lose that. We might do it on Saturday though, you never know. We've been asked for Xray Specs an insane number of times, so if you want it, shout up!

Saturday's gig will be a very different set. The new ones will get another outing but with the exception of one or two others, the rest of the set will be completely different to last night.

Great to see so many familiar faces and thanks to everyone who stayed out so much later than normal on a school night.


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