South London post-punk evergreens THE BAND OF HOLY JOY are to play a special show in North London later this month.

The gig takes place at Bones & Pearl, Markfield Road, Tottenham on Sunday 27 May. An impressive supporting cast features sets from HOWLROUND VS TIME ATTENDANT, MYSTERY CULT NO.2, STEPH HORAK, HECTOR GANNET, ANNE GARNER, BEN CON CELLO BAND and COLDLIPS, plus DJ sets from Ali Makiavelli and Subterraneans.

Tickets priced £10 are on sale here.

Formed in 1984 in New Cross by Tyneside emigre Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy had a triumphant year last year with the widely acclaimed new album Funambulist We Love You and the double compilation album of their 80s recordings for Flim Flam Records, Clouds The Break The Sky.

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L.A. ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS return with a first video from their new album.

‘She’s Kerosene’ is taken from Fight The Good Fight, the band’s third album, which is out through Hellcat on 29 June.

The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight The Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by another Grammy winner, Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer).

The track ‘She’s Kerosene’ reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse. Says frotnwoman Aimee, “I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship.”

The Interrupters are performing at the Punk in Drublic festivals across the US. On July 14, the band will join the final run of the US Vans Warped Tour.

Fight The Good Fight is available to pre-order here.

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Fast-rising powerpop-punks LUCY & THE RATS have announced the release of their debut album.

The self-titled debut album was recorded in Denia, Spain and produced by Johnny Casino and Detroit garage rock maven Jim Diamond. It’s set for release through Dirty Water Records on 25 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

Brought together in London in 2015 by Aussie punk legend Lucy Spazzy, since then they’ve travelled the world and toured the UK as special guests to BUZZCOCKS.

Lucy & The Rats are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.


Tickets are on sale here.

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Italian powerpoppers FAZ WALTZ have just released a video for their new single, ‘Julie’.

The single is taken from the band’s sixth album Double Decker which is out now through Contra Records. It’s available to buy now from their website.

Hailing from Cantù near Lake Como, the trio have been around over a decade and favour the same 70s bootboy beats as their Roman colleagues GIUDA.

Faz Waltz are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.


Tickets are on sale here.

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Canadian punk legends D.O.A. return with a new studio album next month.

Fight Back, which is set for release on 1 May, follows on from the band’s previous album Hard Rain Falling in 2015.

The Vancouver band have gone through numerous line-ups since they evolved out of THE SKULLS in 1978. Thei latest configuration sees founding frontman/guitarist Joe ‘Shithead’ Keithley joined by Paddy Duddy on drums and Corkscrew on bass.

Allegedly the first band to use the term ‘hardcore’ in reference to punk, the band have clocked up a whopping 17 studio albums and have played upwards of 4,000 shows on five different continents.

Exhibiting a strong activist ethic, the band has played numerous benefit gigs and staged protests supporting such causes as environmental issues, women’s rights, food bank benefits, and stood against war, racism, weapons proliferation, and countless other causes.

At one time an aspiring civil rights lawyer, as well as author of a book entitled TALK – ACTION = 0, Keithley has recently declared that he is standing for Mayor in his hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia on behalf of the local Green Party, announcing via Instagram,  “I am going to fight for grassroots democracy where everybody’s voice is heard! I will put a stop to the heartless Demovictions that are a disgrace to Burnaby, BC and Canada. The Burnaby Greens will work towards making Burnaby a greener and more sustainable city.”

In May, the band kick off a series of 40th Anniversry dates across the US, with MDC in support. They play….

5/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
5/22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/23 – Fort Collins,CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
5/24 – Denver, CO @ Streets Of London Pub
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival
5/29 – Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karmann Bar
5/30 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

6/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/04 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
6/05 – Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop
6/06 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/07 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
6/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/09 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
6/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Shrine
6/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/13 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
6/15 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
6/16 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!

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Award-winning street-punks BOOZE & GLORY have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Time Is Now’ is lifted from the band’s acclaimed album Chapter IV, their debut for Burning Heart Records, released in March last year.

Produced by Jaka Curlic (JZA CREW / PunkRock Holiday), the video was shot on tour at the end of last year and is the last to feature departed guitarist Liam.

The band recently walked away with the New Blood Award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards held at the O2 Academy in London.

Having already clocked up over 100 shows worldwide since the release of Chapter IV, they now head off on a tour of the USA and Canada, briefly returning to Europe before heading for Australia. Full dates are…

19.04 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL, USA
20.04 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI, USA
21.04 – Hard Luck – Toronto, Ont, Canada
22.04 – Coop Katacombes, Montreal, Canada
24.04 – Fuze Box, Albany, NY, USA
25.04 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
26.04 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ, USA
28.04 – Hard Core Stadium, Cambridge, MA, USA
29.04 – Dover Brickhouse – Dover, DE, USA
02.06 – Paddy Fest, Aerzen – Germany
15,06 – Vaudeville, Lindau (Bodensee) – Germany
16.06 – With Full Force Fest, Grafenhainichen – Germany
30.06 – Ultra Chaos Picnic Fest, Zelebsko – Poland
06.07 – Duycker, Hoofdorp – Netherlands
07-08.07 – Ruhpott Rodeo Fest. Bottrop – Germany
15.07 – Mighty Sounds Fest Tabor – Czech Republic
04.08 – Pol’And’Rock Fest, Kostrzyn – Poland
05.08 – Xtreme Fest, Albi – France
09.08 – Endless Summer Fest, Torgau – Germany
24.08 – Reload Festival, Sulingen – Germany
30.08 – Spirit Fest, Niedergorsdorf – Germany
01.09 – Tattoo Convention, Augsburg – Germany
20.09 – Crown And Anchor, Adelaide – Australia
21.09 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne – Australia
22.09 – Transit Bar, Canberra – Australia
23.09 – Valve Bar, Sydney – Australia
25.09 – Rad Bar, Wollongong – Australia
26.09 – Hamilton Station Bar, Newcastle – Australia
28.09 – Crowbar, Brisbane – Australia

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LOUISE DISTRAS returns this month with a new single and a string of dates.

‘Land Of Dope And Glory’ is a first taste of Louise’s forthcoming, as yet untitled, album, set for release this Autumn. The album follows on from her hugely successful and highly acclaimed debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor, first released in the UK 2013 and throughout the rest of the world in 2015.

The new album was recorded in Oakland, California with Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls, ) and Steve Whale of The Business In the producers’ chairs.

Speaking about the single, Louise says, “G.O.D. stands for gold, oil and drugs. Because in a world where God is money, it feels like the constant consumer manipulation that we as people face on a daily basis from big corporations and government stands against everything we value as human beings; peace, love and understanding.”

Louise heads out on tour this week, playing St Albans tonight and winding up at Camden Underworld on 10 May. Full dates are….

11 April – St. Albans, The Horn
12 April – Newport, Le Pub
13 April – Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
14 April – Tunbridge Wells, Forum Basement
15 April – Southampton, The Joiners
17 April – Nottingham, The Bodega
19 April – Preston, The Ferret
20 April – Bridgwater, The Cobblestones
23 April – Stoke on Trent, The Underground
24 April – Newcastle, The Cluny
25 April – Glasgow, Audio
26 April – Hull, The Polar Bear
28 April – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
29 April – Selby, Pop Punk Pile Up
10 May – London, The Underworld

Tickets are available here.

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While THE DAMNED have been basking in the limelight of their new album, original band founder BRIAN JAMES hasn’t been idle, revealing a brand new video as a taster for an expanded reissue of his hard-to-find debut solo album, as well as announcing a London date.

Brian James was originally recorded in 1990 following the break-up of James’ 80s band THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH. It was released on French label New Rose, formed a decade earlier, its name taken from the James- penned Damned debut single.

Reissued on 27 April through Easy Action Records, the album has been fully remastered for vinyl with two bonus tracks, new artwork and liner-notes by Brian. It’s available to pre-order here.

Brian recently went into the studio in Brighton, with drummer Malcolm Mortimer (who played on the original album) and bassist Austin Gayton, to make a video for the track ‘Slow It Down’. The video was shot by Tim and Poppy from fast-rising Birmingham garage trio TABLE SCRAPS.

“Although we’d factored in the usual amount of time for bands to take rests and to fuck up a few takes, Brian, Austin and Malcolm didn’t miss a single beat,” reveals Tim. “They had more energy and enthusiasm during the shoot than any teenage band I’ve filmed or seen play and it’s clear that Brian lives and breathes rock’n’roll.”

Brian James has just announced a show at The Lexington in London on 28 June, with Table Scraps as support. Tickets are on sale here.

Brian is currently working on his autobiography.

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Brighton punk-blues stalwarts MUDLOW are to issue a career retrospective next month.

Marking the trio’s 16th Anniversary, Waiting For The Tide To Rise comprises 11 tracks of 12″ vinyl, drawn from their two albums Mudlow Country and Sawyers Hope, and from the Minnesota Snow EP. A CD edition adds 6 tracks from their most recent EPs, Letter To Louise and Crackling.

Check out the video for ‘Damn Your Eyes’.

Originally coming together in 2002, Mudlow rose from the ashes of noir-rockers and Dave Vanian favourites CRAWL LIMBO. Releasing their debut album in 2004, they became regulars on the UK punk-blues scene, sharing stages with the likes of SEASICK STEVE, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES and BOB LOG III at their earliest UK shows, and touring Europe and the USA.

Intending to release a vinyl LP of their EPs as well as reissuing their debut album, the two ideas were combined when the German Label Stag-O-Lee stepped in and offered to release Waiting For The Tide to Rise.

Catch them on the following dates….

Fri 13 April – The Prince Albert, Brighton (album launch w/ Miraculous Mule) tickets
Sat 21 April – Vinyl Revolution, Brighton (Record Store Day instore)
Sat 30 June – Dark Holler Festival, Poole, Dorset tickets

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South Coast sisterly punks MAID OF ACE have a new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Minimum Wage’ is the fourth single to be taken from their second album Maid In England, which is available now through their website.

The video is the work of acclaimed director Mark Richards.

The band head out on tour next week for a jaunt around the UK and Europe, including a show at Camden Underworld and three dates in France as guests of THE EXPLOITED. Full dates are…

Mar 30th The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue – Kingston (UK)
Mar 31st The Con Club – Lewes (UK)
Apr 1st The Underworld Camden – London (UK)
Apr 5th Trillians Newcastle -Newcastle (UK)
Apr 6th Bannermans Bar – Edinburgh (UK)
Apr 7th The Palace – Hastings (UK)
Apr 8th The Talking Heads – Southampton (UK)
Apr 12th La Clef – St Germain en Laye (FRA) w/ The Exploited
Apr 13th Le Bacchus – Chateau Thierry (FRA)
Apr 14th La Citrouille – St Brieuc (FRA) w/ The Exploited
Apr 15th Le’Ferrailleur – Nantes (FRA) w/ The Exploited
Apr 16th Le Mars – Angouleme (FRA)
Apr 17th Le Molotov – Marseille (FRA)
Apr 18th Le Tigre – Selestat (FRA)
Apr 19th Goldmarks – Stuttgart (GER)
Apr 20th Glockenbachwerkstatt – Munich (GER)
Apr 22nd Punk & Disorderly Festival – Berlin (GER)

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Agit-post-punk trio INTERROBANG‽ head out on tour next week in support of their long-awaited debut album.

The Leeds and Brighton based band, featuring Dunstan Bruce and Harry Hamer from CHUMBAWAMBA and Stephen Griffin from REGULAR FRIES, are to release the self-titled album on Friday 30 March through All The Madmen Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

Speaking exclusively to Vive Le Rock, Bruce explains, “Kicking up a righteous agit-punk-funkstorm; it’s motorik, pulsating and intense. We reject wholeheartedly the idea of nostalgia, we want to create something that is current and relevant; something that speaks to our generation who grew up in the shadow of punk, with hopes and dreams. What happened to that spark? How do we express that anger now? Deep in my 50-something blues this veers from the personal to the political, from the poignant to the pithy with short, sharp and urgent rapid-fire assaults this is an uplifting and inspiring album’s worth of hard hitting songs for hard hit people. This is our cri de couer!”

Catch the band on the road at the following dates….

Fri 30th March TODMORDEN Golden Lion w/ Liines
Sat 31st March WELLINGBOROUGH Horseshoe Inn w/ Eastfield, Wreckage
Sun 1st April NEWPORT Le Pub w/ Eight Rounds Rapid, Emy Lou Robbins
Mon 2nd April BRISTOL Louisiana w/ The Flux Capacitors
Tue 3rd April LEEDS Brudenell w/ Bilge Pump, Year of Birds
Wed 4th April LANCASTER The Yorkshire House w/ Year of Birds
Thu 5th April NEWCASTLE Cluny 2 w / Almighty Uprisers, Year of Birds
Fri 6th April NOTTINGHAM Maze w/ Headsticks, Verbal Warning
Sat 7th April MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth w/ Flies On You, Year of Birds
Sun 8th April BIRMINGHAM Centrala w/ Eastfield, Alcohol Licks
Mon 9th April MANCHESTER Jimmys
Tue 10th April MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms w/ Louise Distras, Eight Rounds Rapid
Wed 11th April BRIGHTON Prince Albert w/ Dream Nails, Eight Rounds Rapid
Thu 12th April LONDON The Islington w/ The Charlemagnes
Fri 13th April RAMSGATE Music Hall w/ Eight Rounds Rapid
Sat 14th April SCUNTHORPE Café Indiependent w/ Eight Rounds Rapid, Addictive Philosophy

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Enigmatic new punk trio DAME JEAN release their debut single today – check out the video with Vive Le Rock!

‘Wasted Love’ is available to buy now from iTunes.

Giving very little away about themselves, they determinedly avoid Facebook, preferring to engage as personally and organically as possible. But they do have an Instagram account and a website.

Catch them on the following dates….

16/03 – The Back Room @ The Bell, Bath ** WASTED LOVE OFFICIAL SINGLE LAUNCH **

04/05 – Fiddlers Club, Bristol (w/ Wayne Hussey)

02/06 – Camden Rocks Festival, London


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Check out the latest edition of the Generating Steam Heat radio show….

In this week’s show, Gentleman Jimmy T returns from his latest round of detox to fly solo.

Jim has dug through the crates to bring you an hour of new tunes and lost classics from Viletones, The Autumn Stones, Doubling Boys, Abigail & Bliss, Rixe, Marmozets, Runt, The Saints, The New Deal, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, The Vibrators, The Baby Seals, Young Adventurers and a rule breaking double vinyl meltdown of classic 70s reggae…

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With just a few weeks to go until the release of their brand new album, THE DAMNED have unveiled a double-A-side single.

The reflective, haunting ‘Look Left’ and the more psych-rocking ‘Devil In Disguise’ are both taken the from the Tony Visconti-produced Evil Spirits, which is released through Search & Destroy/Spinefarm on Friday 13 April. Both tracks were written by drummer Pinch.

The band play four arena dates in June as support to the Alice Cooper-fronted LA supergroup HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. Catch them at….

June 16th Birmingham Genting Arena
June 17th Manchester Arena
June 19th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
June 20th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

They then play three headline dates and a festival show in August at….

August 22nd Southampton, 02 Guildhall
August 23rd Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picture House
August 24th Warrington, Warrington Parr Hall
August 25th Belfast, Belsonic Festival (main support to Still Little Fingers)

Evil Spirits is available to pre-order here.

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More names have been added to the bill for the Pump It Up! power-pop special!

As previously announced, Vive Le Rock has hooked up with ace London club promoters Some Weird Sin to host a weekend of A-grade power-pop aT The Finsbury Pub, North London on 28 and 29 July, headlined by London legends THE BARRACUDAS and happening NYC band DIRTY FENCES.

Just added to the bill for the Sunday night are long-serving Italian trio FAZ WALTZ, playing their first London date in 5 years, and fast-rising Londoners MORE KICKS.

They join the likes of PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, LOS PEPES and TV CRIME playing across the weekend.

Day and weekend tickets are selling fast but they should still be available here.

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GANG OF FOUR return with their first new material in three years.

‘Lucky’ is the first song to be revealed from a new EP entitled Complicit, which is set for release on Friday 13 April.

The new track captures producer and founding member Andy Gill advancing his writing partnership with frontman John ‘Gaoler’ Sterry, aided by the production nous of Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). Gill’s instantly indentifiable guitar shards and Gaoler’s urgent vocals are underpinned by bassist Thomas McNiece and drummer Tobias Humble’s aggressive and unrelentingly funky groove.

Speaking about ‘Lucky’, Gill says, “This track itself is a product of chance. I’d been watching a serious debate on one of those financial news channels – six white men in suits arguing about the stock markets – and it set me thinking about how limited luck can be. America’s demented ringmaster-clown claims to have bestowed fortune on the markets. He believes himself the master of luck. In reality, they are casinos. A lot of trading is anyway now done by algorithms to try to eliminate the element of chance, but luck isn’t capable of fundamentally changing the system. Even if you believe market crashes are the result of bad luck rather than layer upon layer of human and machine error, the system shudders, restarts and goes on as before.”

Formed in Leeds amid punk’s first flowering in 1977, Gang Of Four unashamedly grabbed the red hot poker of funk, inadvertently writing the rulebook for post-punk with their game-changing debut Entertainment! in ’79. Existing in various forms into the noughties, the departure of original singer Jon King allowed Gill to rebuild the band from the ground up, releasing the acclaimed What Happens Next in 2015.

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BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES have announced a major tour for Europe, releasing their first ever video to coincide!

‘Let’s Go To Mars’ is the first single to be taken from the Boston R&B legends’ new album Soul Flowers Of Titan, which is out through Bloodshot Records this Friday. It’s available to pre-order here.

The video is the work of Eric Baconstrip, drummer with London garage sausage-mongers KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE, who’ll be joining Barrence and co at their gig at The Garage on 19 May.

Full tour dates are….

SAT 28 APRIL – RnB Night, Groningen NL
WED 2 MAY – Grand Social, Dublin IE
THU 3 MAY – CAQF, Belfast UK
SAT 5 MAY – Ballydehob Jazz Festival IE
WED 9 MAY – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK
THU 10 MAY – The Cluny, Newcastle UK
FRI 11 MAY – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough UK
SAT 12 MAY – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
SUN 13 MAY – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
TUE 15 MAY – Academy 3, Birmingham UK
WED 16 MAY – Academy 3, Oxford UK
FRI 18 MAY – The Railway Hotel, Southend UK
SAT 19 MAY – The Garage, London UK
MON 21 MAY – Ribs’n’Blues, Raalte NL
WED 23 MAY – Le Molotov, Marseille FR
THU 24 MAY – Upload Club, Barcelona ES
FRI 25 MAY – TBC, Alicante ES
SAT 26 MAY – Mendialdea Music Festival, Vitoria ES
SUN 27 MAY – El Sol, Madrid ES
MON 28 MAY – Planta Baja, Granada ES
TUE 29 MAY – Sala X, Seville ES
THU 31 MAY – Kutxa Kultur Kluba, Donostia/San Sebastián ES
SAT 2 JUNE – Goezot in’t Hofke, Oud-Turnhout BE

Tickets are available now through Punk Rock Blues.

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Italian post-punks CUT fly in this week for a series of shows in northern England and Scotland.

The bass-free trio are touring in support of last year’s critically lauded sixth album Second Skin. The band have also announced the reissue of 2006’s long unavailable A Different Beat, vastly expanded from the original 13 tracks to 24.

Set for re-release on 15 March on gatefold vinyl, CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.

Formed in Bologna in 1996, Cut have shown an industrious approach to gigging, covering Europe many times, including several visits to the UK. Along the way, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Iggy & The Stooges, Mudhoney, Violent Femmes, The Hives, Guitar Wolf and the Jim Jones Revue.

Their 2010 album Annihilation Road was recorded and mixed by Matt Vert-Ray of Heavy Trash and mastered by Richard Hell & The Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, while Second Skin featured a guest contribution from Minutemen and Stooges bassist Mike Watt.

Check out ‘Too Late’ from Second Skin.

Cut land in Liverpool on 1 March, eventually winding up in Preston on 10 March. Full dates are…

01.03.18 LIVERPOOL Sound
02.03.18 BOLTON Alma Inn
03.03.18 MANCHESTER Star & Garter
04.03.18 GATESHEAD The Black Bull
06.03.18 EDINBURGH Leith Depot
07.03.18 GLASGOW 13th Note
08.03.18 NOTTINGHAM JT Soar
09.03.18 SHEFFIELD The Delicious Clam
10.03.18 PRESTON The Ferret

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