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, November 28, 2008

Welcome to Dirt Devil Dave

As some of you may know, Katie Tefal is leaving us at the end of the year so that she can commit more time to her solo career. We've been assured of back stage passes to the her first gig at the Royal Albert Hall ;-)

Dirt Devil Dave has stood in for her when she's been away a couple of times and will take over the drum stood full time in the New Year. Changing band members always means some hard graft in the rehearsal room but it gives us a really good strong start to the year having a new band member who already knows a set worth of material!

There's gonna be some new songs being banged out with him as well as him learning more of our existing repertoire. Can't wait for the ABBA song...


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New Year's Eve

We're pleased to announce the best New Year's Eve party in the South West will be at The Vintage in Wellington with The Reoffenders.

It is well documented how much we enjoy playing at the Vintage and how mental the audience is there. So what better way to end the year than in Wellington.

There's a fancy dress competition between four pubs in Wellington with cash prizes so we expect to see lots of weird and wonderful outfits (contact Dave or Angie at the Vintage for more information on this). We did intend to get dressed up ourselves... suggestions have included animal outfits, beach wear and pyjamas! However, Angie at the Vintage insists on us staying punky and will be encouraging her punters to join us in punky outfits. Reckon we're gonna have to go over the top then! Hmmm, ideas already forming....

It will also be Katie Tefal's last gig. We're very sad to see her go and have had an amazing 18 months playing together (I'm sure I'll waffle much more about this nearer the time) but we want her to have the best send off gig that we can possibly give her.

It's gonna be very silly!


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Monday, November 24, 2008

666 - The Number of the Friends

screen capture from myspace showing 666 friends of the reoffenders

666 friends now! Myspace is rockin!

Facebook is still in its infancy with only 66 friends but it means that you can join us on whatever network you belong to

Reoffenders on Myspace or Reoffenders on Facebook


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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Back in the Doghouse

With a 7.15am flight to Guernsey last Friday, the only sensible thing to do on Thursday evening was go to the pub! So with about 3 hours sleep, we stumbled into Exeter Airport at 6am to catch the Red Eye flight.

The airport was unusually quiet and for a change, Bully didn't get fleeced by security. He is a bit dodgy looking, you have to admit ;-) The flight arrived to Guernsey early and a taxi was outside ready and waiting! Smooth as a mouse!

Heathers back bruised and soreWe dumped our bags at the Doghouse and headed into St Peter Port for breakfast. We went down the concrete steps which were a bit wet and my trainers slipped and I sort of surfed down three steps before falling on my back. I'm sure it looked spectactular! The rest of the band showed concern rather than laugh (which they did for the rest of the weekend). Ouch!

We had a really crappy breakfast - well I had baked potato which tasted chemically. And my coffee was grey! urgh! So feeling tired and sore, we went back to base.

After soundchecking, we all tried to get a bit of sleep before dinner and then showtime!

The ladies of Deutshe Bank were having a meal and were all dressed in pink (don't know why... Children in Need maybe?) but were in fine form, dancing to The Bangles and Kim Wilde in between huge glasses of rose.

Indesit has a Call of Duty 5 moment in the German lookout The next day, we were treated to a tour of the island by David, owner of the Doghouse. He's got a big mercedes so squished four of us in the back and Bully in the front. I'm so pleased he didn't have a Micra or Fiesta! He drove us around the south of the island before stopping at the Rockmount and Cobo (two of his other properties) for lunch. We had a walk along the beach with his dog towards a German lookout. It's amazing the structures that they built within only 5 years of occupation.

The REOFFENDERS with David, owner of the DoghouseWe drove round to the North of the island and then back to the Doghouse, with the offer of a gig on the balcony of Cobo on August Bank Holiday weekend. They close the road and the audience stand on the road and the beach watching the gig. It's said to be rather good fun. We've got some other committments that weekend, but if we can do it, it would be great.

Gig time came round again with a very different audience this time. These guys wanted punk so we chopped out some of the cheesier stuff that the pink ladies had enjoyed and stuck with the classics.

The next day, we had a lovely lunch at the doghouse before going for a walk on what was a beautiful autumn day. I was really sad to be coming home to be honest. The Doghouse staff are so welcoming and friendly - a real home from home. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend. Cheers


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