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The Offenders
The Offenders
Stomp Records
(For fans of: ska-punk-2tone)

Berlin based quartet The Offenders are back with their new album, 'X', and celebrating the 10th anniversary of their formation. The new record, the band's 6th studio album, is a 12 track melting pot of trad-ska, punk rock and rocksteady, packed full with singalongs, rockabilly inspired licks and hammond organ for good measure.

Inspired by emotional turmoil, life-changing experiences, wasted nights, troubled times and the reality of everyday life, 'X' is an incredibly honest and genuine collection of tracks.
"I was never a poseur, writing about things I never lived, understood or felt passionate about. I will never play the tough and wise guy" says Valerio, vocalist/guitarist. "I've been honest and loyal to myself and to our fans throughout the duration of The Offenders, and that's never going to change."

"Alles Muss Raus (Everything Must Go)" refers to wild nights in the clubs of Kreuzberg; likewise "Harsh Reality" to life in the suburbs, where people have to deal with cultural differences, racism and decay. Stand out tune, "St.Pauli Swing Jugend" brings to light the glorious swing kids of Hamburg during the Nazi rule, where dancing to black music was strictly forbidden. Many of them faced jail time or even worse, just because they opposed racist regime.

Having originally formed as a 2tone revival band in October 2005 in Southern Italy, the last 10 years have flown by for The Offenders, seeing them constantly touring their brand of "Hooligan Reggae" throughout Mainland Europe, as well as ventures to Russia and China along the way. The Offenders relocated to the vibrant and multicultural hub of Berlin in 2009, after growing tired of their sleepy, small city of Cosenza, Italy, adding to their fascination with the subculture of the German capital. The relocation lead to The Offenders being snapped up by Grover Records for their second album, 'Action Reaction', and Muttis Booking (who are still working with the band to this date).

The backbone of the band has remained a constant with Valerio (Guitar/Vocals) and Checco (Drums) playing since their conception. Alex (Organ/Keys) joined in early 2009 whilst the band had bass players guests from all over the world, until permanent and current bassist, Puck, joined.

2012 saw The Offenders sign to Destiny Records for the bands fouth studio album, 'Lucky Enough To Live' and this was followed by the release of 'Generation Nowhere', the bands fifth studio, in 2014. Both albums had prolonged success in Amazon's Ska Top 10 Charts.

2015 will see the release of 'X', which is an international cooperation release with Bomber Music (UK), Destiny Records (GER), Rudys Back (FR), KOB (IT) and Stomp Records (CAN).

'X' was recorded at Out-o-Space Studios, Göttingen Germany and mastered at Pauler Acoustic in Northeim Germany, between May and June 2015.

Francais:

The Offenders preÌsentent leur nouvel album « X », dont la sortie imminente est preÌvue le 16 octobre 2015.
« X », pas le dixieÌme mais le 6eme album de The Offenders, marquera le dixieÌme anniversaire du quartet baseÌ aujourd'hui aÌ Berlin. Dans ce nouvel album, 12 titres mixent ska-trad., rocksteady, punk rock , maÌtineÌ de rythmes rockabilly et d'orgue Hammond pour le groove. Et des hymnes aÌ reprendre en cœur ! « X » est une formidable collection de tubes inspireÌs par la dure reÌaliteÌ de la vie quotidienne, des expeÌriences qui nous forgent, des nuits gaÌcheÌes, une eÌpoque difficile le tout trempeÌ d'eÌmotions fortes.
« Je n'ai jamais eÌteÌ un frimeur, je n'eÌcris que des choses que je connais, que j'ai
veÌcu ; j'eÌcris sur ce que je comprends, aÌ propos d'eÌveÌnements pour lesquels je ressens de l'eÌmotion. Je ne joue pas au plus malin ou au petit dur » deÌclare ValeÌrio le

chanteur et guitariste « j'ai eÌteÌ honneÌte et loyal vis-aÌ-vis de moi-meÌme et de notre public depuis que The Offenders existe et cela va continuer »
« Alles Muss Raus (Tout doit disparaitre) » se reÌfeÌre aux nuits sauvages des clubs de Kreuzberg.
De meÌme "Harsh Reality (Dure reÌaliteÌ)" deÌcrit la vie en banlieue ouÌ les gens doivent inteÌgrer les diffeÌrences culturelles et faire face au deÌlabrement des quartiers et au racisme quotidien.
"St.Pauli Swing Jugend (en reÌfeÌrence aux jeunes de St Pauli qui swinguait) met en lumieÌre les glorieux jeunes de Hambourg qui dansaient le swing quand les lois nazies interdisaient les musiques noires ; beaucoup d'entre eux furent jeteÌs en prison pour s'eÌtre opposeÌ au reÌgime raciste.
FormeÌ en 2005, en Italie du Sud, aÌ Consenza, The Offenders, est d'abord un groupe de Ska revival 2 Tone au son bien eÌnergique et entrainant.
Puis, devant la monotonie et les difficulteÌs de vie, ils immigrent aÌ Berlin, ville multi culturelle.
Aujourd'hui, ils ont ingurgiteÌ et digeÌreÌ diffeÌrentes influences musicales allant du rocksteady au rock'n'roll.
Les 10 ans passeÌs ont eÌteÌ beÌneÌfiques pour le groupe, qui a distilleÌ son « Hooligan Reggae », sa marque de fabrique, dans l'Europe entieÌre, jusqu'en Russie en passant par la Chine.
La base constante du groupe est Valerio (qui est passeÌ de la batterie aÌ la guitare et au chant lead) et Checco (batterie). DiffeÌrents line-up ont vu The offenders eÌvoluer, aujourd'hui on retrouve Puck (basse et chœurs) et Alexander (Orgue Hammond et chœurs).
Depuis leurs deÌbuts chez Conehead records puis Mad Butcher, dont on peut saluer le travail, le groupe rejoint Destiny records en 2012 pour la sortie de son 4eÌme album
« Lucky Enough To Live ».
L'album "X" est le fruit d'une co-production internationale, choix du groupe, avec Destiny Records (GER), Rudys Back (FR), KOB (IT), Stomp Records (CAN) et Bomber Music (UK).
'X' a eÌteÌ enregistreÌ, entre Mai and Juin 2015, aÌ "Out-o-Space Studios", GoÌttingen et masteriseÌ chez "Pauler Acoustic" en Allemagne,.


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