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State of Undress - Van Stolen

Mrs Wickham 06 Nov 11 - 11:47 AM
alanabit 06 Nov 11 - 12:20 PM
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Lizzie Cornish 1 06 Nov 11 - 12:45 PM
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Subject: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: Mrs Wickham
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 11:47 AM

Just had this message from the Dorset based band State of Undress...please keep a look out for the van, and the guitars and equipment...

"Press Release State of Undress Van and Equipment Stolen

State of Undress that rocky rootsy fiddlesome band have been having a real roller coaster of a year. Loads of ups - with amazing gigs right across the country; a major down in the summer when their fiddle player's lovely wife was ill, and now, just when they were really back on the up with a great momentum building for next year, they have had another significant set back. Their band van, together with their sound equipment (PA and speakers), several guitars and other equipment has been stolen.

Charlie Rose, lead singer and one of the writers with State of Undress, said: 'This is such a huge blow - especially for Malcolm our bass player. The band van belongs to him. It's a big white Mercedes Sprinter (Reg R388 YTF) but all customised inside. Malcolm had converted it himself so that it could be used as a camper van with sleeping areas and cooking facilities but also seats for all the band members and purpose built storage for all the equipment. There was an exact place for everything. We loved it and we've had such brilliant times in it. It's taken us from Cornwall to Scotland and from London to Ireland this year.'

Malcolm Windett, bass player and song writer, continued: 'I'm gutted. The loss of the van is bad enough but my guitars are unique and very personal to me. Each one has its own distinctive musical personality. Anyone who plays an instrument will understand how I'm feeling.'

Fellow musicians are asked to keep a look out for the guitars and other equipment which may be offered for sale in local shops or on eBay. The guitars are very striking: an Alembic Elan 5-string bass, a Washburn fretless bass and an Ovation nylon-string acoustic guitar.

The other stolen equipment includes: two Mackie SM450s speakers plus stands and a Yamaha digital desk; a Paul Jones suitcase amp and extension cabinet; a TC helicon vocal monitor; a Boss pedal board and various pedals. A selection of lights and leads were also taken.

State of Undress are not just a local band. They are a professional touring band who play all across the UK. In December, they are due to play in London, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire as well as their annual Christmas show at The Regent Centre in Christchurch - this may prove a little difficult without their band transport!

Charlie adds: ' With petrol prices the way they are, it's just not cost-effective for us to travel separately in our cars. And although the van and equipment is insured, it will take months to sort out everything. If anyone out there can help us in the short-term, we would be so grateful.'

If anyone thinks they have seen a van, guitars or any of the other equipment matching these descriptions and which may belong to State of Undress, please contact Dorset police on 101 quoting case number T11C-049743 and if anyone thinks they can help the band in any other way please contact them on 07971 472768.

Thanks for your help,
Jacqui x


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: alanabit
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 12:20 PM

I am not one to wish bad luck to anyone usually, but I hope that in this case, the thief soon has an unpleasant encounter with the police. What a contemptible, selfish thing to do!


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 12:31 PM

sO SORRY TO HEAR OF THIS, I live near Dorch, if theres anything I can do - get in contact. Jerry Bird knows me and has my number.


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 12:34 PM

Disgusting thing to happen.

Hope the band is checking out

stolen instrument registries


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 12:45 PM

Is Van Stolen similar to Van Halen, but a folkier version? ;0)


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 12:46 PM

And..I hope they get it back, along with their guitars..x


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 06 Nov 11 - 03:10 PM

Baz Parkes started a thread on this yesterday.....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 10:01 AM

Help the band in any other way? I have a suggestion. Change their stupid name! Whoever stole the van probably thought they were getting something related to the sex trade.

Imagine their dismay when it proved to be full of acoustic instruments rather than porn.


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Subject: RE: State of Undress - Van Stolen
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 10:35 AM

Bit harsh there Leenia. Mind you, I too think it's a stupid name!


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