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Does It Offend You bassist hurt
By Damian Jones
Newsbeat reporter

Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Does It Offend You, Yeah? performing at Reading Festival over the summer

Does It Offend You, Yeah? bassist James Rushent has broken his ankle after a gig in Los Angeles.

He was taken to hospital with a broken tibia following the band's final gig of their US tour at the Troubadour.

Despite his injury, drummer Rob Bloomfield said James will continue touring with the band for forthcoming dates in Australia and the UK.

"We're still going to carry on touring and I guess we'll do the gigs with James sitting down," he said.

Explaining how the incident happened Rob added: "He was going crazy during the second to last song.

"James went up on a monitor and somehow a mic stand fell over, trapped his ankle and then he fell full weight on his leg and snapped his tibia."

'Hobbled on'

As the electro outfit went offstage the Does It Offend You, Yeah? bassist told the band he had broken his ankle. But they still decided to play the encore.

"He went upstairs and when we came up he said, 'I've broken my leg,' and then we said, 'Shall we go on and do another song anyway?" Rob explained.

He (James) hobbled back on stage even though he was in agony
Rob Bloomfield
Does It Offend You, Yeah? drummer
"It was a massive sold out show and the crowd wouldn't let us go without doing an encore. So he hobbled back on stage even though he was in agony.

"I was quite proud of him. If it was me I'd have cried and said, 'Take me to hospital now'."

The band are due to hit the road for a 15 date UK tour next month kicking off at Manchester Club Academy on 11 October.

"I'm really excited about the UK tour," Rob said. "Last time we were here there was always 15-20 people singing down the front.

"I'm hoping everyone will know the words this time and everybody will be going crazy."

Does It Offend You, Yeah?
James Rushent broke his ankle on the final night of the tour
He also confirmed that the band have been looking for locations to record their next album in their hometown.

"We don't want to record it in the studio, we want to go somewhere with a vibe," Rob explained.

"Our tour manager has found a disused American nuclear bunker in Berkshire so we're looking at that at the moment.

"I think it's a good idea because on our last album there was one studio we went in that was so vibey and gave us a massive creative flow.

"Then we went in another which was an ultra clean studio and nothing came out of it. If we were in a nuclear bunker, the acoustics in there would make it on the album as well. That would be amazing."



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