Wien - 02 Feb 2018


Date: 2 Feb 2018

Ticket: 15.00 / 18.00 €

Genre: 2Tone Ska

Support: Info Below...

Start: 20:00

Venue: Arena

City: Wien

Country: Austria

Address: Baumgasse 80

Link: Band Web Site

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2015: as a document and manifesto of their 10 year anniversary, Berlin based Italo-German Ska Rockers THE OFFENDERS release their 6th studio album “X” (Destiny Records No.165) as an international cooperation with Bomber Music (UK), Rudys Back (France), KOB (Italia) and Stomp Recs (Canada). 12 melodic & rough dancefloor anthems with groovy Hammond offbeats and tasty Telecaster licks, a pulsating mixture of 2tone ska, late 70’s punk-powerpop-mod revival and new wave soul. The sound Offenders always kept playing all over Europe and abroad, their own and original „Hooligan Reggae“ –  a trademark song which became their own genre, with messages and commitment and never falling into easy going slogans. Hard stomping hits for streetlife and party mood: A Berlin wasted night out in „Alles Muss Raus“, the life in the suburban blocks of „Harsh Reality“, those singalongs in „Tons of Drunks and Party Scum“ or the persecuted cult of „St. Pauli Swing Jugend“… From the Berlin-city melting pot of subcultures to the world … for all Ska-heads, skins, punks, rudeboys and girls, football-supporters and rockers all over the planet, the sound of the streets is back!


2014: the year starts more then positively, with their brand new album “Generation Nowhere” directly at number 2 of the Amazon Ska chart even just as pre-sell, and still top 10 weeks after the release. Several sold out gigs all over Germany, without forgetting the rest of Europe : Spain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia; also appearing in festivals as Zickenstock (France), This is Ska (Germany), Mighty Sounds (Czech Republic).


2013: all year was spent on the road to promote “Lucky enough to live” playing countless shows different countries and important Festivals such “Rebellion Fest” in Uk, “Pod Parou Festival” in Czech Republic, “Stemweder Open Air” Germany. While never stop touring, secretly the band went back to the recording studio for the 5th full length planned for 2014, shortly after their autumn club’s tour in Germany, Offenders left to China for their first tour over there, releasing a “Best of” just for the Chinese market and playing packed shows in such cities like Beijing and Wuhan at famous “Vox Club”. Back from China, they released their first video clip “Berlin will resist-Riot 87 in SO36” as first single for the new upcoming album.


2012: This year marks an important change for the band, while never stop touring and appearing in several summer fest like Trutnov Open Air in Czech Republic, the band signed with legendary Destiny Records from Berlin, to release the 4th album “Lucky enough to live” for few weeks as top seller of Amazon Ska chart among many other german’s distro, and well acclaimed by critics and public as brand new sound, from there on, The Offenders sound. Among all other European shows should be mentioned the first Greece’s tour as well as their first time in Russia, playing in Moscow with Distemper, and headlining St. Petersburg and Novgorod, both sold out.


2011: “Shots, Screams and Broken Dreams” was released in January on Mad Butcher, developing the offbeat-punk mixture in the band’s sound. To celebrate the release, the band got booked for their first tour in Czech Republic “Viva la Bohemia Tour 2011”, after playing constantly around Germany, France, Italy. In December, along side their friends from RedSka, they teamed up as “RudeLeague” touring Germany and releasing a 7” split .


2010: In January Offenders got back to Uk for their first long tour over there with 10 gigs around the country and once home, they got a new record deal with Mad Butcher (Germany) and re-pressed Hooligan Reggae (that was sold out since months), Action Reaction (re-mastered) and the mcd “Anthems from the Gutter” (first one with Valerio playing also guitar) which include “Till i die” and “Oi!Skins” 2 songs that definitely mark the change of style mixing punk77/power pop with 2tone ska. In summer, Offenders were for the second time at “This is Ska Festival” in Rosslau in front of over 2000 people singing along, and left shortly after that for their first tour in Spain and Basque Country, while they were already working on the new album.


2009: After the recording session of “Action Reaction”, Valerio and Checco moved to Berlin, establishing a new line up and they met Alexander aka Captain Elysium (Hammond/keyboard), who got the third consistent in the line up. Offenders were also taken in the roster of Muttis Booking and in April 2009 “Action Reaction” was released on Grover Records. The album shows a variation of style that will influence the band’s sound also later on, starting to open to mod revival and power pop. Following the release they were part of the “Easter Ska Jam Tour” playing their own set as well as backing band of the reggae legend Susan Cadogan, followed by a lot of festivals and club shows later that year.


2008: while Hooligan Reggae was going to be sold out short after the release, Offenders had a line up change, now Checco aka Francesco Mirabelli became the new drummer while Valerio took over the microphone as main singer. The result is the 7” “Wake up Rebels” which let them start a long European tour, playing in over 10 countries and be part of important festivals like This is Ska Festival (Rosslau/Ger) , Skaville Festival (Croatia), Mantua Fest (Dublin/Ire), and Siempre Antifascista (Berlin/Ger). After all the touring and the sold out 7”, Offenders signed for one of the biggest ska label in Europe, Grover Records. Time for the second full length.


2005-2007: formed by guitarist/songwriter Valerio Tenuta (as drummer in that time) after a demo tape and bunch of shows in local clubs, Offenders had the chance to release through a small german indie label Conehead Records , their debut full length “Hooligan Reggae” completely influenced by 2tone revival and early reggae. The rapid success of the title track in the german ska scene, gave them the chance to get booked for their first german tour, December 2007.


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Venue & Gig Location: Arena, Wien

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