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, December 22, 2008

A Christmas Message from The REOFFENDERS

Wot a bonus! No need to wait until Christmas Day to hear the Queen waffling on, straight off here's Hoovie with another load of Christmas twaddle...

So, I'm looking back on what we've done this year and we've had some great gigs all over the place. We've made more friends, and we've got to know some other friends much better. We've jetted off to play gigs and yet stayed at home for other local gigs that have been equally brilliant! All in all, not bad at all.

Here's some highlights for me:

** Gracing the Penzance stage with the mighty Pondlife

** Going to Guernsey AND Jersey and seeing two beautiful islands and playing great venues

** Doing Butlins midweek gigs in front of families and loving it!

** Meeting Same Difference (ahem)

..and, of course, playing for the sweaty masses throughout Devon and Somerset, especially those nutters in Wellington!

We've got a few less gigs marked up for 2009, but that's cos we're leaving some spaces for some things we're planning for 2009.

Thanks for reading the blog all year. I know you do, cos we get comments at gigs from you... "does Katie really love Same Difference?"...

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. If you're in Wellington on New Years Eve, then we'll see you there. Otherwise, thanks for keeping it punk with The REOFFENDERS, and we'll see you in 2009.

I think it would be appropriate at this time to leave it to "The Socks" to provide the festive cheer...

Merry Christmas

Hoovie x


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Last Exeter gig for Katie on Saturday at Jolly Porter

Just a gentle reminder for all you Exeter-based people, that this Saturday will be your last chance to catch Katie on the REOFFENDERS drums in Exeter.

We'll be at the Jolly Porter for Katie's penultimate gig, so come along and say goodbye.


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Monday, December 15, 2008

An Unlikely Conversation

Bully arrived at our gig yesterday and said excitedly, "I've thought of a new song that we can do, it'll really work...".

"What's is it?" I asked

"Buck's Fizz!"

Does anyone else find that a bizarre conversation to have with the biggest punk purist in Devon?


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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Crowd Surfing at the Pen & Quill

Friday night in Taunton and the place to be was the P&Q. We certainly saw lots of friendly faces as the Taunton Reoffenders fans were out in force. We did our usual trick of playing Babylons Burning half way through, meaning that Gary had to get up and dance long before the end (sneaky huh!)

And Adam and his mates were in too celebrating his birthday. ONce again great to see people really getting down to the music, having a good time, and looking after each other! At one point the crowd parted to let someone dive in a nd retrieve a pair of glasses - great moshpit etiquette lads!

And by the end was it carrying someone on their shoulders? No, it was time for the first recorded attempt at crowd surfing at a Reoffenders gig. Wellington, you have been warned, Taunton seems to have stolen a march on you!

We're back near Taunton at The Crazy Apple (Norton Fitzwarren) on 23 Jan, so we might see some of you again... but I think some of Taunton is coming down for new year at the Vintage... oh it could be messy!


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Monday, December 08, 2008

Slipknot... and Machine Head


Hoover, Morph, and Indy set off up the M5 to investigate the live phenomenon that is Slipknot.

Before they came on we were also treated to a great set from Machine Head, one of Indy's favourite bands. They were certainly impressive, and I'll most certainly be seeing them again when they tour the UK.

Slipknot took the stage. In fact Slipnot "owned" the stage. It's not all just silly masks. The show was a complete show. Nine performers all doing their level best to make the music come alive. They danced, ran about, jumped, screamed, climbed. If you're in a band, then a trip to this show will remind you that performance is just that, "performance".

We'd done two of our own gigs back to back and then had to travel some way to the gig. I was tired before it started, but loved every minute and forgot all that when the bands played. Its a long time since I've been so impressed by a stadium/arena gig.

And yes, we did see Joey Jordison go upside down!


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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas at The Crawford!

I'm catching up a bit today on letting you all know what's been happening. So here's a batch of back-dated blogs!

Not quite the 25th yet, but we entertained our first gang of Christmas revellers on Sat 6th night in the Crawford. And it was a blast.

The heady combination of strong liquor and punk rock made for quite a boistrous end to the night, but all done in the "best possible taste". Indeed the audience had been singing "nellie the elephant" between nearly every song and at the end we didn't dare disappoint them. By then the furniture had been pushed aside and the moshers jumped and sang along with glee.

The Crawford's a great venue to play and we look forward to next year's outings


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