The REOFFENDERS

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, October 31, 2008

Goldblade drinking Goldblade

Now followers of the REOFFENDERS story will know we're big fans of Goldblade. So when Morph hears they're playing the South-West (Hobbit's in Weston) on Halloween then we're going to be there.

As Heather's a big real ale fan, and deals with O'Hanlons brewery through the pub where she works, she thought it'd be really cool for Goldblade to try some of O'Hanlons Goldblade. O'Hanlons come up trumps and two cases of beer are duly provided and we scoot up to Weston to watch the gig and deliver the brew.

Goldblade

Unafraid of the bowel consequences of drinking bottle-conditioned ale straight from the bottle Keith, Johny, and Pete dive straight in and Keith pronounces it "excellent!" Keith's verdict was a ringing endorsement as he loves pale golden ales and enjoys the smooth flavour.

Brother Keith

Goldblade the beer is definately smooth, though the band is certainly a bit rougher! Will they drink it all, or will they have the only rock'n'roll merchandise stall selling CDs, Tshirts, and BEER? By the look if their dedication i'd say very few bottles will make to the next leg of the tour in Birmingham...

The Skullknuckles


Hoover and out x


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excellent concept, perhaps we could toast the Damned with a Vanian Ale or a Sensible bitter, dark, fruity and classically tasteful.Alternatively I give you the Westlife lager....pale, tepid characterless and generally abhorent.
This could run and run.......................................

By Blogger Andy, Taunton, at 12:34 pm, November 11, 2008  

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

We Love Weston!

Earlier in the year, we played at the Rock Gardens in Weston Super Mare which at the time was quite a new venue. We had a great time and have been really looking forward to going back again.

It's a huge place, holding a capacity of 500 people. There's lots of signed guitars and drum skins decorating the walls and with an inhouse PA, lights and a stage its a delight to play there.

We were supported by Sienna, a Birmingham band who were planning on sleeping on the beach afterwards. Did you notice how cold it was last night? Rather them than me!

We had a good mix of people of all ages and backgrounds. Sometimes you see metal heads or rude boys in the audience and you think, "Oh god, we're doing Ricky Martin next... they'll hate it" until you see them pogoing like nutters to it. It's a lovely sight and a great feeling when you know they're sharing your joke.

The Rock Gardens was a huge contrast from Teignmouth the night before where I had a square of floor to stand on and couldn't really move without getting a mic stand in the face of a cymbal stand in the back. Here we had lots of room to move about and really go mad. Katie had a drum riser which obviously begged for Hoover and Indesit to jump off. We're just big kids really ;-)

Thanks again to Darren at the Rock Gardens for having the faith in us. Also to our Alan, Merv and our growing band of followers there... we'll see you soon.

Lastly, it was amazing to see Joe and the gang there! I think seeing us in Falmouth, Lyme Regis, Hayle and Weston Super Mare definitely wins the prize for most travelled fans! We'll have to start awarding you band air miles!


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Balloon Free Zone

Last time we played at the New Quay Inn in Teignmounth, we discovered the hard way that the bar staff have a little balloon phobia. Oops. So we were on our best(ish) behaviour on Friday night.

The New Quay was rammed full all night but the highlight was Seasons in the Sun where a pub full of people all swayed from side to side (often in a different direction to us - very off putting) and bobbed up and down in our punky Terry Jacks song.

We never normally play a song twice in a night but Maria had begged for us to play it again as they'd been busy serving beer the first time we did it and hadn't been able to dance. It was a beautiful punk rock moment!

I reckon that was our best gig at the New Quay so far and we had a ball, so thanks to everyone who was there on Friday


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Sunday, October 12, 2008

My Name Was Psycho!

Psycho seems to have become a real audience favourite at our gigs, despite most people having never heard it before seeing us. Well here's your chance to see the original psychos.

Goldblade are playing Hobbits in Weston Super Mare on October 31st. They are an amazing band to see live and a big influence in the REOFFENDERS live performance. So much energy!

If you're interested in going, please let us know. If there's enough interest, we may organise a bus. But even if the bus doesn't happen, this is the GIG OF THE YEAR! Don't miss it!

Check out www.myspace.com/goldblade


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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Jersey - The Video!

I done a video of our weekend in Jersey.

It was a fun weekend, which I think you can see well enough from the vid!

Hoover x











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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Thank you Jersey

The REOFFENDERS were booked on the Red Eye flight from Exeter to Jersey on Friday so we thought the only sensible thing to do was to go to the pub the night before!

Paul and Bully were staying with John and I on Thursday night so it was either the pub or a marathon dance mat competition on the Wii. You've met Bully haven't you? You're imagining his face when the dance mat was suggested? Yep, so we went to the pub!

Friday
My alarm went off at 4.50am the next morning and I delivered coffee and tea to the boys to help pull them out of their comatose state. The flight left on time and after a short sit on the runway in Guernsey, we hopped over to Jersey to be met by hailstones! yikes!


Outside ChambersWe called in at Chambers before going to the hotel to say hello and check out the lay of the land. They have a big screen at the far end of the venue which, when lifted up reveals a stage. Cool.

We wandered to our hotel which was about 10 minutes away - we're back in girls and boys rooms again but not adjoining as they were in Guernsey. Indesit moaned that he had the middle bed again and was going to be kept awake by the snoring! LOL!

View of St HelierAfter a bit of a mooch around the shops we went back to Chambers for lunch before exploring. Bully went in search of record shops whilst the rest of us had a walk along the beach. The sun had come out for a bit so we made the most of it before heading back to Chambers for soundcheck and then a beer at the real ale pub, The Lamplighter. Cocker Hoop from Jennings was bloody lovely!

Before long, it was time to go back to Chambers for the gig. There's a room at the back where you can get changed and chill in a "green room" stylee. The place was packed, lots of people out for the night after a day at work. As the disco finished, some drifted away and others arrived in anticipation of live music. They seemed a cheese loving audience as we rocked out some of our sillier punk tunes.

Bully unfortunately was plagued by gremlins, starting with breaking a string before his amp stopped working and then his mic lead.

Saturday

Saturday in Jersey was pretty rubbish weather so as a result, we didn't really see any sights - other than the real ale pub again. Our gigs were starting late enough that an afternoon tipple wasn't going to impair anyone's performance. Result!

We decided to treat ourselves and go out for a restaurant meal together, and discovered the worst restaurant in the world. Don't EVER go to San Marco's Italian! The pizzas were truly crap, very small and tasteless but my heart went out to Katie when her £6 cheese salad arrived consisting of grated cheddar, shredded iceberg lettuce and a few bits of value tomatoes! What a rip off! Bully refused to pay for his but as showtime was fast approaching, the rest of us just grumpily ate ours knowing that it was our last opportunity to eat before the gig.

The gig was another good one with a lot of familiar faces from the night before. We'd made the setlists almost entirely different so that anyone coming back for a second helping would get a different show. Lots of favourable comments were reaching us from the management so it sounds like it all went well and we'll be back again next year.

Sunday

Outside ChambersWeather was very wet but we had to vacate the hotel at 10am and so out into the rain we went. After dropping off our cases at Chambers, we walked around for ages looking for someone to have lunch, eventually finding a chain italian restaurant. Absolutely lovely and so much better than the night before.

The sunset as we fly home from JerseyThe flight home was delayed a bit and again routed through Guernsey so it felt like a long journey home. We literally flew into the sunset which was very pretty.


I'd like to say a big thanks to Will and all his staff at Chambers for making us so welcome. We look forward to coming back again soon.


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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Leavin' on a Jetplane.... again...

Chambers, St Helier

Well I'm very excited indeed cos we're off to Jersey tomorrow to play at Chambers in St Helier at the weekend.

Chambers are lovely people who booked us and pay for flights and accommodation as part of the deal, and doosy lookin digs they look to be too...

The Hotel

Apparently we are slumming it down at the Mayfair Hotel (hmm, last time I stopped at a Mayfair Hotel it cost me two grand! - although I was driving a silver open-top car at the time). Anyway, having a look at the website and the Mayfair certainly isnt Old Kent Road...

Apart from bedrooms, and bars, The REOFFENDERS will be tasting the delights of an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi & Steam Bath, Gymnasium, Sun Terrace, and Games Room

The games room features "Polar Pete's toddlers' soft play area", so I suppose that's where we'll find the drummer.

The Venue

The weather is set to be crap for the weekend, but I'm still really excited because everything I can find on the web about Chambers says that its a great place to play and it certainly is "the place for live music in Jersey".

We'll take some video of the weekend and let you all know how it went when we get back.

Oh, and we've got to be up at 5:30am to get the flight over, so Bully and Paul have decided to stay over with us on Thursday night. And the plan for Thursday? Get an early night? Er, well, maybe, but we're off to The Bridge first for a few pints so I suspect we ain't going to be too chatty come 5:30am on Friday! It all rock'n'roll I suppose.

Hoovie x


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