Repeat Offender rocked the Brisbane (and Australian) music scene from 2003 to 2009. Building a strong following in their first few years together, their 2006 debut EP To A Modern Love made HMV Queensland’s Top 20 in its first week. Their second offering in 2007 (a split EP with Melbourne band Vanden) Black Hearts and Poison Girls gave fans another handful of the band’s signature melodic rock tunes, before they signed off with their 13-track Archives in 2008.
The Archives saw the band offer up a collection of known and unknown tracks to their fans as a final farewell and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Whilst this was their last official release before they disbanded in 2009, the band joined Facebook in 2011 and if you didn’t make the switch over from Myspace you may have missed their 2012 offering Fame – an EP featuring even more never-before-released tracks (SURPRISE!!!!).
It wasn’t just their song-writing prowess that cemented them as one of Australia’s most sought after bands of the noughties, their dynamic live shows saw them tour with international heavy weights including My Chemical Romance, The Used, The Killers, Muse and Rise Against as well as Aussie acts like The Veronicas and The Butterfly Effect. They played over 400 shows in their heyday and whilst they may no longer be playing live shows they’ve left us with a back catalogue of songs on Itunes that will continue to keep us company for many years to come.
If you are yet to discover Repeat Offender, here are our top 3 song picks: