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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Berwanger And The Star Invaders


Josh BERWANGER released last year his third and best record so far. Besides some great hitting  rockers like "The Star Invaders", "Stop Believing" or "Cheap Thrills" this amazing album contains some of the most beautiful songs ever written by mankind like "The Astronaut", "Broken Moon" or "She Still Lives In Me". This record is on heavy rotation in the rathouse since it got here and this blog can only highly recommand it!

1) For the viewers of this blog What would you tell about your latest full length "The Star Invaders"? As far as I'm concerned I'd say it has globaly a more laidback feeling. The word that comes to mind when I listen to it is: "nostalgia". Do you agree with this?

Yeah I can agree with your thoughts on the album. I was going through a really rough time. During this time I was at the ocean with my family and one night a UFO appeared and out of curiosity I ran to them in hopes of being abducted to another place. By the time I got as close as I could they were gone. That was the main spark for the album, not feeling you belong anywhere.

2) What can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

A lot of the basic tracks for Exorcism Rock were recorded live. For The Star Invaders, I had a lot of different musicians play on the album so I was flying them in due to schedules did drums and guitars live, and then Eva Gardner came in a did drums over that. So we just started going track by track from there. A lot of overdubs on this album but a few songs that were a bit stripped down like "I'm A Loser" and "She Still Lives In Me" but then you have "The Cage with the Golden Bars" which has the most tracks i've ever used on an album.


3) Who is the creator of this wonderful artwork, that perfectly fits the overall feeling of the record?

Andy Walsh did the main art and Haunt Love aka Justin Miller did an amazing job with the type and layout of everything else. Two super talented artist who it was an honor getting to work with. I don't know if I freakout more about the music or art for an album, either way they are both as important as the other.

4) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  

I have two videos out right now and a third video for The Star Invaders coming out in the next few months. "Horror Show" I made on the Super Nintendo using the game Mario Paint, it took me over 50 hours to make.



I also made "She Still Lives in Me" which is just pretty basic video made on my VHS camera.



Uncle Dad Productions made the yet to be released Star Invaders video and it's a trip!


5) What are the plans for the rest of 2018? Are you planning to tour Europe soon to promote this latest released record? 

I have 3 records I am trying to record. I would love to tour Europe! It's been a goal to do that since Anniversary toured there. We haven't had the chance to do so. I really don't even know how to go about it. So as of now we have no plans of touring at all.

6) Anything you wanna add?

Thanks to you for the interview and thanks to all who took the time to read it and check out the music. Cheers!



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https://goodlandrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-star-invaders

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https://berwanger.bandcamp.com/album/the-star-invaders

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Spitfires - Response

The Spitfires - Response
In WAV - Scans are included

Disciples
Tell Me
Escape Me
Spoke Too Soon
Relapse
Stand Down
Serenade Part 1
I'm Holdin' On
Spark To Start
Words To Say
When I Call Out Your Name
Serenade Part 2
4am

For all The Jam fans all around the world....and specially for JPaul without whom this blog would not totally be this blog.


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Scots Pirates - Revolutionary Means


Scots Pirates - Revolutionary Means
In FLAC - Scans are included

1 88  
2 Flawed Diamonds  
3 Fuck The Violence  
4 Marijuana Wine  
5 Stick To Your Guns  
6 I Need Some Easy Money  
7 You Got What You Wanted  
8 Cool Breeze  
9 New Year's Eve  
10 Bringin' It All Back Home  
11 Lover's Leap  
12 The Wind Blows The Name Of Tazmamert  
13 Dear Dream Diary

Scots Pirates were a reunion group of sorts of some of the most notable alumni of the '60s Michigan rock scene, particularly guitarist/singer Scott Morgan (the Rationals) and drummer Scott Asheton (the Stooges). The band also included bassist Gary Rasmussen (Up), who, with Morgan, Asheton, and the late Fred "Sonic" Smith, played in Sonic's Rendezvous Band.

Revolutionary Means (1995) was their last effort, and finds them playing straight rock with soul influences, in a manner consistent with the ethos established by the Stooges, MC5, and Sonic's Rendezvous Band.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/bwm2b6rxdx4fz9o/Scots%20Pirates%20-%20Revolutionary%20Means.rar

THE GALILEO 7 - “TEAR YOUR MINDS WIDE OPEN!”


Allan Crockford is not only bassist extraordinaire for Graham Day and The Forefathers (and before that for the Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solarflares), he is also the master brain behind The Galileo 7 where he reveals himself as a very fine guitar player, a brilliant lead singer and subtil composer of all of the songs. 
THE GALILEO 7 latest full length, “TEAR YOUR MINDS WIDE OPEN!” is released on the very fine Damaged Goods records label.


1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about THE GALILEO 7 to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? And what can you tell us about the origins of the band's name? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

Our current line-up is Allan Crockford (me) on vocals and guitar, Viv Bonsels – organs and vocals, Paul Moss, bass and vocals, and Mole on drums and vocals.
The band started in 2010. Over the years (since the 80’s) I’d been in loads of bands – playing bass in The Prisoners, James Taylor Quartet, Prime Movers, Solarflares, Headcoats, and guitar in Goodchilde and The Stabilisers (amongst a lot others…) but I’d never been the main songwriter and singer. I’d been involved in about 30+ albums and singles, but only as a band member. I finally decided that the time was right to give it a shot – I’d built up a stockpile of songs over the preceding 3 or 4 years. The first album ‘Are we having fun yet?’ was the first album and it came out at the end of 2010. Since then we’ve had a few line-ups, but the current one really brings the best out of the songs. The name of the band is an episode of the original series of ‘Star Trek’… I just thought it sounded like a good name for a band. I originally used the name for my solo demos before we got together.

2) THE GALILEO 7 are described by some people as a 60's garage/psych band. Do you agree with this description or do you consider there is way more than that?  

I suppose the influences are obviously 60’s psych-pop and garage, but I hope we bring something different and contemporary to the songs, rather than just doing a pastiche. I don’t try to rip anything off, but it’s difficult not show your influences sometimes. People are very interested in references when describing music, and I don’t mind people saying we remind them of certain bands (especially if we like the band!), but I hope the quality of the songs stands separately from the sound or influences. I think it’s just Pop music, in the old sense.

3) About the full length record "Tear Your Minds Wide Open",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

We recorded the basic tracks (drums, bass, rhythm guitar) live in the place we rehearse, which was in a friend’s lithographic printing business – surrounded by printing machinery and bales of paper! We rehearsed there for years, and made most of our records in this way. That was why the ‘live in the studio’ album ‘Live-O-Graphic’ had that title (I thought it was funny.. for 5 minutes). We record onto a portable 8 track recorder then transfer the tracks onto my computer at home for overdubbing the vocals, keyboards, percussion and any solos etc. It’s not a unique process (apart from the location) – many artists record this way now, especially if they don’t have a budget for recording. It’s the cheapest way to do it. Now we have to move out of the printers, but Mole has had a small recording/rehearsal studio built in his garden and we’ll probably do it there in future. As well as being our drummer and bassist of The Embrooks, he is also State Records, and occasionally engineers and produces sessions for bands in his home studio. ‘Making records that sound like records’!

4) It seems that you are the main composer in the band but what is the involvement of the other members as far as arrangements of the songs are concerned?

I am the main composer, but everyone in the band contributes to the arrangements in some way, but the extent depends on the original demo. In the early days, I made extremely detailed demos of new songs, and generally the band just learnt directly from them. Now I try to leave the demos quite rough to allow everyone to contribute their own personality and ideas to the finished arrangement. It’s quite difficult for me to leave the demos unfinished because I love making them, but it’s no coincidence that we make better records when everyone contributes to the song.

5) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favourite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

I suppose the same music as a lot of people who make our sort of music, no surprises. The Beatles, Small Faces, Kinks, The Who, Pink Floyd from the classic years, XTC, The Jam, The Stranglers, and lots of punk rock/new wave from the years we grew up in. From there it was into the more obscure acts that never made it, but left behind a few nuggets for us to discover…. I still listen to all those acts now, plus all the obscure stuff that keeps turning up. I also try to listen to newer acts who manage to capture the excitement of those old records, like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala and Soundtrack of Our Lives (not so new maybe!). I try not to be influenced by anyone specifically now, but I guess all those years of listening to The Nazz and other psych-rock acts has just soaked into my brain.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  



There is a playlist of promos and live clips here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL216D5F8A2A74EB31

7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of GALILEO 7? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

You can always expect lots of energy and lots of noise! We do play some covers, but it depends how the gig is going… We have been playing ‘Astronomy Domine’ (Pink Floyd) recently, as well as ‘Tinker Tailor’ (Terry Reid). In the past we’ve played, ‘Circle Sky’ (Monkees), Reynard the fox’ (Julian Cope), ‘Him or me’ (Paul Revere), ‘Tattoo’ (The Who), ‘Kingdom of Love’ (Soft Boys), but generally we try to mostly stick to our original material. Covers can be fun to play, and a short cut to get an audience reaction, but mostly we’re there to play our own songs…

8) On the 2014 release "False Memory Lane", Mole was still playing bass and I noticed that on the new record he moved to the drummer seat. What can you tell us about this switch in position inside the band? Was this his personal decision or a mutual decision? 

It was originally just circumstances that forced the switch. Our original drummer Russ wasn’t going to be available to play for a long time because of his commitments to Secret Affair. We didn’t want to stop playing – ‘False Memory Lane’ had just been released and we wanted to promote it if we could. We were a bit stuck, but then Paul Moss (our original bassist) said he could come back to the band and allow Mole to switch to drums. This worked out well because not only did both of them already know the songs, it was also obvious from the first rehearsal that this line-up of the band just had something extra. More energy, more spark, more excitement, more of everything. The band just started to kick some arse properly! As soon as we’d finished the first gig with this line-up, it was obvious that it had stay together. Luckily all four of us agreed that this was something special.


9) What are the plans for the rest of 2018 as far as GALILEO 7 are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon to promote this newly released vinyl record? 

We don’t have an agent and we have to fit in our gigs around our personal commitments –it’s quite hard to get us together for more than a dozen gigs a year. It doesn’t get easier to find gigs, but we’re always open to interesting suggestions from venues, promoters, festivals and other bands. In this scene the bands are reliant on direct contact from people who already like the music. We love playing outside of the UK – anyone wants us to play just get in touch! We have 4 gigs in France in April – more details when we have them.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Listen to the music, buy the records, come to our gigs! If you’ve liked the music by our other bands (including The Prisoners/Solarflares etc etc, plus Mole’s bands The Embrooks, The Mystreated, The Higher State) then you will enjoy our noise…!

Write to us at: thegalileoseven@hotmail.co.uk,
or look at www.thegalileo7.co.uk
and www.facebook.com/thegalileoseven

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FAZ WALTZ - Julie / I'm Bleedin' (Single)


Our favorite Italian glam trio FAZ WALTZ was in T.U.P. Studio, Brescia (Italy) last November to record a new album containing 10 new songs written and composed by Faz La Rocca. The Mastering was done by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room (U.S.A.).

The forthcoming album is due to be released somewhere around April 2018 but a single (Julie/I'm Bleeding) is already out. The B-side is exclusive to this release.

The A-side, Julie is an infectious tune and I've been told that the single has been aired many times so far by  Rodney Bingenheimer on Little Steven's Underground Garage Radio show. 

Physical copies of the single (Black, Red, White vinyl) were
released by Contra Records (GER), Spaghetty Town Records (U.S.A.), Tongue Records (ITA) and can be purchased here: 
www.fazwaltz.com

The digital version is available, amongst others, on bandcamp.



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CATZILLA - S/T album

Hailing from Perth, Australia CATZILLA is an amazing garage/pop combo featuring Coo Jarvis on lead vocals, keys & percussion; Andy Jarvis on guitar & backing vocals; Tracey Devery on bass & backing vocals and Trevor Judd on drums.

The quartet's debut long player is the ideal mix between brilliant infectious pop tunes (think Blondie's first album in 1976!) and fuzzed-out stompin' garage. As the band states it itself, this is the perfect soundtrack for your next go go party!

So it was time for this blog to have a very interesting chat with guitar player ANDY JARVIS.

1) For the viewers of this blog that don't know you, What would you tell about CATZILLA to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys and girls together as a band? Were you in other bands previously? Who is playing what instrument in the band? What can you tell about the origins of the band's name?

CATZILLA has been together for nearly 3 years. Coo plays keys and is the lead singer, Andy is on guitar and backing vocals, Tracey on bass, backing vocals and monkey noises and Trev is on the jungle drums. We had a band called Rocket To Memphis (2005-2013 - kinda swampy, voodoo rock n roll). It split when the drummer moved to Melbourne and we decided to do something a little different, more along the 60s garage lines. The new name was inspired by a crazy toy we found in Japan, like Godzilla but with a cat’s head!

CATZILLA recorded a 4 track vinyl EP (“Going Wild”) in 2016 and mixed it with Matt Verta-Ray in NYC. We’d done the last two Rocket albums with Matt and really like working with him. Last year we toured in Japan and had the honor of playing at one of the Back From the Grave events in Tokyo and also with the Neatbeats in Osaka.

2) About the recently self titled debut record,  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

It was very much a live recording in the studio. We all love working that way and with this kind of music, really believe it’s best way to get the right sound. We over-dubbed the Hammond for logistical reasons (it was in another studio!) but there were very few other overdubs.

3) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

We all grew up listening to punk and post-punk stuff and I’m sure some of that still shines through
now! Coo and I had a band in Sydney, in the mid-late 80s (Toys Went Berserk) which was more along those lines - from more off-kilter sounds like Siouxsie & the Banshees to catchier things like early Blondie. The Cramps probably still have an influence on us now, along with Link Wray, the Sonics and in general, 60s garage, beat and surf.

4) Some people people might be tempted to describe CATZILLA as a 60's garage/pop band. Do you agree with this description or do you consider there is way more than that?

I think that’s a pretty fair description! We sometimes call it "gogo rock n roll" - it’s 60s-inspired, catchy, fuzzed-up and fun!

5) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

I write most of the songs (Andy) but Coo has written lyrics and music on several tracks on the new album. Everyone contributes their own parts to the final arrangements.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 

We shot a video for the opening track “Boy From Another Time” It one of the more catchy tunes on the record and you can watch it here: 




7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of CATZILLA? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

We play mostly originals, with just a few covers - maybe not super well-known ones though… a favourite is “Kitty Kitty” by Floyd Dakil (who also did “Dance Franny Dance”). We recorded a version of that on the album.

8) Perth seems to have a long history of rock bands (The Stems, The Stanleys, The Volcanics, etc ....)  is CATZILLA in connection with all these guys? And is there something special in the air in Perth that pushes people to start rock bands?

You’re right Eric! Also the Scientists, Hoodoo Gurus and many others. I think maybe there’s something in the beer actually! We know quite a few of these musicians of course - it’s a pretty small scene here. Perth is actually one of the most isolated cities in the world - perhaps that’s why?

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2018 as far as CATZILLA is concerned? Are you planning to tour Europe soon to promote this newly released record? 

We’re playing as much as we can locally at the moment and we’ll hopefully get over to Sydney and Melbourne later this year (it’s 5 hour’s flight away, if you’re wondering why I say “hopefully”!). Next year, we’d like to get back to Japan but if someone is willing to fly us over to Europe, that would be fab!

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

Big thanks for doing this feature on CATZILLA Eric. It’s very cool to have the chance to let people know what we’re up to and I hope a few of your readers dig the new album. Keep supporting the great bands out there making real, rockin’ music and go see ‘em live if they come to a town near you!

Visit CATZILLA on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/catzillaband/

Official website:   http://catzillaband.com

Buy the album here:  https://catzillaband.bandcamp.com




Sunday, January 28, 2018

Scots Pirates - Scots Pirates


Scots Pirates - Scots Pirates
In Wav - Scans are included

1 Misery
2 I Want More
3 Other End Of The City
4 Dante
5 Sugarcane
6 Running Away
7 Out Of Our Minds
8 First Step
9 Dreams Never Lie
10 The Road Home
11 And Then There Was Love
12 The Blues
13 I'm The Man
14 Empty Heart
15 Sixteen With A Bullet
16 Detroit

During the 1980s, Morgan formed the Scott Morgan Band, which occasionally played in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. In 1988, his band released an album entitled "Rock Action," which found Morgan (guitar and vocals) backed up by ex-Sonic's Rendezvous bassist Gary Rasmussen and ex-Stooges drummer Scott (aka "Rock Action") Asheton. The trio later toured in America under the name Scotts Pirates, which took its name from Morgan's song "Pirate Music," and released their self-titled album in 1993. It was followed up with the record "Revolutionary Means" in 1996.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Beau Brummels - 1965 - Volume II


The Beau Brummels - 1965 - Volume II 
In WAV - Scans are included

1 You Tell Me Why 3:05
2 I Want You 4:00
3 Doesn't Matter 2:00
4 That's Alright 2:12
5 Sometime At Night 1:50
6 Can It Be 2:28
7 Sad Little Girl 3:30
8 Woman 2:48
9 Don't Talk To Strangers 2:21
10 I've Never Known 2:03
11 When It Comes To Your Love 2:11
12 In Good Time 1:49
Bonus Tracks
13 Woman (Vocal Version) 2:41
14 When It Comes To Your Love (Unissued Instrumental Version) 2:08

The Track "Don't Talk To Strangers" was recently covered on the latest Flamin' Groovies full length.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/tts1vilhi3s1lr7/The%20Beau%20Brummels%20-%201965%20-%20Volume%20II%20%28Sundazed%201995%29%20%20WAV.rar

Real Tears - Too cool to rock


THE REAL TEARS from Uppsala, Sweden are the rock'n'roll best kept secret with the best guitar sound in years. And they write songs like no one else. 

Just listen to "Bad Girl", that's an anthem for generations to come and a lesson in songwriting. Simple and memorable at the same time! 

This blog HAD to interview those 4 crazy dudes from way up North!

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about THE REAL TEARS  to introduce yourselves? How did you meet and decided to start a band together? Who is playing what instrument in the band?
A: Real Tears is a bunch of rock n roll pleasure avoiders trying to enjoy the void. We’ve got Victor from Horbo city spankin’ skin. Gasse is knocking up the bass like a refrigerator turning into a nuclear reactor. Behind the curtains of Burt Cocaine, Jöge is rubbing his six string dagger across the eternal crime scene. Singing like a near extinct castrated electric eel in the muddy Fyris river is, Rune.
It all started when Rune and Jöge were living on Finnish brown leather sofas in our rehearsal space called the beavers alley. We had different bands going but figured it was time to start one together. We never thought that respected journalists would ask us to be in their well knows magazine.
Anyway, riffs and melodies we’re scattered all over the place like silverfishes waiting to be recognised. We caught a few, killed a few.

2) About your debut full length record released on Snask Rekårds!, what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 
A: Before this we had made a lot of dirty recordings on an 8-track tape recorder, the machine was a total wreck. All we had beside that was a cheap 8 input soundcard, some weird external preamps and a bunch of basic microphones. We had a pretty clear idea how the songs should sound like but understood we couldn’t do it live. The room was probably big enough but there we’re too many beer cans lying around. Back then we were only a three piece. Jöge, Rune and Rotten Mind-singer Jakob on drums. We tracked drums together with one guitar played by Rune. The basic melody was there but most lyrics were missing (from our memory). We lived by the concept that everything is forgotten, we only had to remember it. After that we added bass, a second guitar and bongo drums on the song Beersday (can you hear them?). We headed straight to the pub. When we woke up in our designated sleepingstations, we used the next six months to remember the lyrics and record vocals. We headed straight to the pub.

3) What are your favorite topics to write about or the topics that come easily when you write a new song?
A: Girls…and some good ol nights when we had a few beerzzZZZzz…

4) THE REAL TEARS have an undeniable Scandinavian approach of power pop/punk that could lead to compare you to The Yum Yums, The Basement Brats, etc. Do you agree with this comparison or do you consider there is way more than that? 
A: The Yum Yums and the Basement Brats sound like they could be two killer bands man, but we’re sorry to say we actually never heard them. Thanks for the tip though!The Scandinavian sound is hard to define for us. We listen to everything that comes our way, some times the worse the better. Btw, as for swedish bands, we wouldn’t mind being compared to a powerpop band called Rottweiler from the 70s.

5) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody composing his own songs (words and music)?
A: Singer Rune and Guitarist Jöge writes all the songs. It usually starts with one of us trying to fool the other one they have a good riff going. It always sucks in the beginning, but the counterpart is too nice to say something negative about it. Add some mojo and some attitude. Play it twenty times. Then there you have it. Some times it’s just as easy to fool someone else as it is to fool yourself. In the rehearsal space or at the pub. Hey! I left my wallet at home.

6) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.
A: Rune: I listened to Manowar, but they had no influence on me, maybe just miserable.
Jöge: I always listened to Kiss, still my favorite band.
Gasse is a total ragger. He’s an encyclopaedia of old american cars and reatarded punkbands.
Victor played peoples pants off since he was 10 years old. No need for influences.
If there’s one band we all would agree influenced us all, it would be the GIZMOS.

7) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 
A: Yes. The first track on the LP is also the first song we made. It’s called ”Can’t Get You Outta My Head”. We don’t really know what it’s about, but it is some kinda love song. It’s recorded in the beavers alley with an old VHS camera. We bought the camera from an old guy called Börje, including his rather exotic tapes. The outcome is inspired of what we saw.



8) What can concert goers expect at a gig of THE REAL TEARS? Are you playing any famous cover songs?
A: Expect to see us struggle, but the struggle is rejuvenating. We’re always thankful to get a chance to play, so we bring a good mood. We give it all, never leaving a glass empty, or full. We have not yet played any cover song. Our songs are total rip-offs anyway…HAH! Gasse is a total ragger.

9) What are the plans for 2018 as far as THE REAL TEARS are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon? 
A: So far we’ve played a few shows in Finland, Germany and Italy. All highlights for sure. Would love to do it all over again. Invite us please!The plan is to make another record. And we will play a few shows in Scandinavia. But we suck at organising stuff. Also, every time a new Real Tears record is made a baby is born, literally speaking. So let’s hope for the best!

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?
A: We want to meet you all. Play for you all. Drenched in foam, beers all the way home. Hope to see you around!

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