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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!

 

Formed back in 2005 in Cosenza/Italy by Valerio Tenuta (vocalist/guitarist/songwriter) but based in Berlin since 2009, Offenders started as a 2tone-third wave ska band, releasing in 2007 after a bunch of demos, their first full lenght “Hooligan Reggae” sold out shortly few months after the release. The title track is nowdays considered worldwide an underground anthem in the ska scene, and let Offenders tour suddenly in 2008 all over Europe, countless club shows as well as open air Festivals. In 2009 their second full lenght “Action Reaction” produced by one of the most famous european ska label Grover Records, gave them the chance to take part at Easter Ska Jam Tour, as well as backing band of reggae legend Susan Cadogan. In 2010 starts the cooperation with Mad Butcher that re-release all Offenders albums plus “Anthems from the Gutter” mcd, their 3rd full lenght “Shots, Screams & Broken Dreams” and the 7” RudeLeague with their friends and label mates RedSka both in 2011. In 2012 the next step : Offenders sign for legendary Destiny Records that release the ska chart busters “Lucky enough to live” and in 2014 “Generation Nowhere”.

 

During those years Offenders toured constantly all over : Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, France, England, Scotland, Ulster, Ireland, Spain, Basque Country, Russia and for the first time in 2013 even outside of Europe, one of the few european ska bands who ever toured CHINA.

 

Appearing in Festivals like : This is ska (Germany), Rebellion (Uk), Mighty Sounds (Czech Republic), Force Attack (Germany), Mantua Fest (Ireland), Punkaci De Tom (Slovakia), Ska Punk Fest St. Aubin (France), Rudeboys Unity (Switzerland), Dynamite Ska Festival (Germany), Pod Parou Fest (Czech Republic), Skaville Festival (Croatia)....tbc

 

Playing along/sharing stages with bands such : Buzzcocks, Bad Religion, Aggrolites, Adicts, Cock Sparrer, Neville Steple from Specials, Derrick Morgan, Doreen Shaffer, Susan Cadogan, Mr. Review, Uk Subs, Hotknives, Roy Ellis aka Mr. Symarip, Casualties, New York Ska Jazz Ensamble, Sham 69, TV Smith, Damned, Misfits, Burning Heads, Movement...just to name few!!

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