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, June 30, 2009


The new rhythm section has been sitting at home twiddling their thumbs for a couple of weekends whilst we've been off to see other bands at festivals, starting with Download.

Indesit, Hoover and I went up the other weekend and were treated to Sevendust, Slipknot, Trivium, Therapy?, Volbeat, Faith No More, Chris Cornell and Pendulum, no name a few. We were also subjected to the mess that was the end of Marilyn Manson's career! Shame, he used to be rather good live. But we did have 4 days of perfect sunshine which was great!

This last weekend saw Hoover and I going up to Glastonbury Festival for Madness, Specials, Gaslight Anthem and the show of the weekend from Pendulum. Awesome stuff which made Bruce Springsteen rather dull afterwards. There have also been several reports of the BBC cameras picking up Johnny Hoover dancing down the front at Status Quo! And he's not in the slightest bit repentant! Apologies to anyone who was offended by it (yes, that does include you, Rob).

We did have a couple of days of sunshine but also had 9 hours of uninterrupted rain on Friday. Only in Glastonbury!

The mud has been shaken off, the wellies are back in the cupboard and we're back and ready to raawwwwk! Let post festival blues be banished by the power of Punk Rock!


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Crackin' Weekend!

Ok, so if John and I had known that we'd be bedding in a new rhythm section, we perhaps wouldn't have chosen to bugger off to festivals every other weekend. Weekends off between great weekends of gigs are a bit frustrating. The newbies (how long can I call them that?) are settling in well but need gig practice which isn't helped by me, Hoover and Indesit going off to Download, and then me n Hoover going off to Glastonbury next week! Ho hum!

Anyhoooo, we had a great gig on Friday at the New Quay in Teignmouth. Teignmouth was having a folk festival (!!!!!) and we were playing the New Quay, specifically cos it was Ian the Landlord's birthday and he wanted a fun night! The place was full to the rafters with an appreciative audience who were up for something non folky! Yay!

The highlight had to be Seasons in the Sun (which time?) with a pub full packed in like sardines bobbing up and down whilst 'doing the dance'. Good to meet Mrs Magimix :-) Plans seem to be afoot for a rather messy Cornwall tour by the sounds of it! LOL!


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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Big Thanks to Exeter City Fans

We appear to have some friends that we didn't know about! A friend mentioned to me last night that our Exeter gigs regularly get a mention on the Exeter City FC discussion forums.

That's very cool! Thanks you lot :-D


Best not tell these lovely people who Madge,s local team is!!!

By Blogger Paul Magimix, at 6:34 pm, June 09, 2009  

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Better Than the Weather!

We were woken early yesterday by the sound of thunder. Very loud thunder which appeared to be just above our house! arrrgh! The heavens opened and it rained, and rained, and rained...

And continued to rain all day and followed us up the M5 towards Minehead.

It was our first visit to the York in Minehead which is a nice sized pub with a stage and proper lighting. Nice! We like it like that :-)

After we got setup, we got some food and had a beer while we waited for showtime. There was a captive audience as soon as we started and we made the most of the L shape of the room to create competition between the two sides of the room in how much noise they could make - very pantomime stylee.

John was introducing one song and was asking the audience if they were having a good time. Most people cheered but one guy replied that we were "better than the weather". LOL. High praise indeed!

I continued my "soggy" look that I'd started on Friday by going outside at halftime and getting soaked in the rain. Oh and I was jumping around like a nutter with a dozen Par56 lights on me... that'll do it too!

All in all, a very enjoyable first gig and hopefully not the last. Cheers Drew


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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Hot and Sweaty at the Stoke

Blimey, it was hot!

We setup at the far end of the pub this time rather than opposite the bar which gave us slightly less space but made a better area for the audience. There were lots of familiar faces from last time, and from other gigs that we do around Exeter... good to see Dom, Debi, Helen, Simon, Darren, Bev and Dave as well as the guy who danced like a nutter to the Clash last time ;-)

The most memorable part of the gig for me - notable rather than a highlight, I'd say - is when the band started playing Dammit and I stared at them blankly! I knew they'd keep going till I started singing but could I hell remember the first line of the song! Very embarrassing and the first time I've ever done that! So between every song after that, Paul started playing the opening riff of Dammit to torment me. Hmph! The words flew back into my head and we played it but grrr, how annoying!


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Friday, June 05, 2009

The Rock Gardens R.I.P.

I was saddened by a call this morning from Darren at the Rock Gardens. They've had noise complaints from one neighbour and as a result are having to close their doors on Sunday.

They're in a residential area and can hold around 500 people which gets noisy. However, they were granted a license to be a music venue in the first place, presumably with no neighbour complaints.

They are seeking an alternative venue at the moment, but my heart goes out to Darren and Terry. They've put a hell of a lot of work, time and money into making that a cracking venue and were getting gigs such as Enter Shikari which is both high profile and a major coup. It seems they're a victim of their own success.

Good luck finding a new place, guys!


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