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There are at least two bands with the name The Offering: 1) a psychedelic rock band from Virginia USA. 2) an etheral rock band from Cambridge, UK.

The Offering hails from Fredericksburg, Virginia playing their own brand of noisy, spaced out, psychedelic rock. Started as a two-piece in 2004, the band has since lost members and added members leading up to it's latest conception of 5, two guitars, a bass, keyboards, and drums. The band references influences such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Can, 13th Floor Elevators, Spacemen 3, Black Sabbath, amongst others, but is a far cry from the traditional "shoegaze" sound that has resurfaced with growing popularity as of late. Their official sites are listed as or

In their own words:
"In 1998, I (Mark) teamed up with Julie Watkins to produce the Illyria CD. Recorded at Kite Studios (Cambridge), it was a promising start full of Kate Bush-esque vocals and twisting Guitar, which failed to set the world on fire. Initially called Cara and the Offering the duo increased their number with the addition of Gary Bailey who shaped the live sound and added keyboards to the mix over the period (1999-2005).

After an acromonious split with Julie in 1999 the Offering soldiered on and looking for a singer was harder than expected. After offers from Pole dancers, Dwarfs and Girls with Snakes, Heather finally joined the band.

She added some wonderful ethereal vocals to the two releases which followed - Three broken threads (2001) and Light in the Darkness (2003); both Recorded at Vertical Rooms. All recorded and mixed in three days due to financial contraints. Illness took its toll on her strength and she felt that she needed to retire from the band in 2004.

A search for another vocalist was carried out and 140 contenders later, Kara Sultan joined the Offering in 2004. A singer with Intense and the Clandestined, she brought a different dynamic and intensity to the band. Recording was started and abandoned over this period up to April 2005 when this incarnation of the Offering ended. In the meantime I worked on a number of collaborative works with Sue Zmoelnig and Martin Walkyier.

Maria Coppola helped bring the Offering back from the brink of extinction in 2005 and added her vocal talents and design skills to the mix. Something which I am truly endebted to her for. She put down some fine vocals with Heather on 'Monsters and Angels'.

Kara is now back in the fold and is bringing her considerable talent to the fore again. We're making some very interesting music again and 'Into the Hive' is taking shape..we're stretching out and trying some new things.

Here’s to the Future. Whatever it may bring."
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