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Witch Fever: 10 question interview

witchfeverWitch Fever are Manchester’s sickest new all-girl punk/grunge band. They are playing with us 29 September at The Unicorn in Camden. They kindly answered 10 questions …

 

1. Who would you most like to cover your songs?
Savages! Or It’d be cool to hear the songs in a different style, something softer like Mothers or something heavier like Broken Teeth!
2. Choose: Cat or dog?
The band is split on this decision, but Annabelle is pretty passionate about us saying dog.
3. Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it?
Fuck knows what kind but a Carpet Asphyxiation dance would be entertaining.

4. Choose: Pixies or Breeders? 
Pixies – Sick basslines & Where Is My Mind is a banger.
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of 
Wrecked by Seacats coz of how they make one riff through the whole song so cool.

Also Telepathic Surgery by The Flaming Lips!
A collection of writings by Jordaan Mason called Swimming Alone in the Backyard & anything by Yukio Mishima
6. Bikini Kill or Fugazi? 
Bikini Kill because they are POWERFUL, brave and inspiring
7. What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?
The shit we see on social media slating us, money is quite hard to make, and being harassed/touched by some of the unpleasant dudes at gigs isn’t great – it’s all worth it for the positives though!
8. What are your band goals?
To develop as musicians and to inspire women to do the same – we shouldn’t be afraid to be loud, dirty, unfeminine, emotional and honest about our experiences
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
We have another single coming out towards the end of this year and also Annabelle once necked a tub of curry sauce for a quid.
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands
We have 10!!!
Alex says: Ice Age, Savages, Protomartyr, Lumer and Lost Under Heaven because they represent a punk scene dedicated to putting the spotlight on and giving control to bands rather than labels
Also Amy wants to add Pianos Become the Teeth, Mothers, Basement, Show Me theBody, Pinegrove

Find Witch Fever on Facebook and catch them live at LOUD WOMEN on 29 September at the Unicorn
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Ghum: 10 question interview

ghumGhum play “atmospheric dark pop”, and comprise Laura, Marina, Jojo and Vicki. They are playing with us 29 September at The Unicorn in Camden. We sent them our 10 probing questions …

1.   Who would you most like to cover your songs?
Vicki: I think a Nick Cave cover of TV could be pretty cool. Or of Wicked Men – I was thinking a bit of the ‘Mercy Seat’ when coming up with the drum parts.
Jojo: I’d probably say a cover of one of our songs by Dilly Dally would be pretty cool. Something that’s entirely raw and fuzzed.
Laura: I´d like to hear a crazy cover from Connan Mockasin making our song undone very very sexy.
2.   Choose: Cat or dog? 
Vicki: I’m sure I’ll be in the minority here, but I MUCH prefer dogs to cats. They’re just…cuter? I really want a dog.
Jojo: Cats for me! Although if I ever got a Chow Chow, I would never look back on the cat life.
Laura: Dogs, definitely. Both are lovely creatures but I guess it makes more sense to have a dog as a pet as cats are so independent.
3.  Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it?
Vicki: Well, ‘Undone’ has a bit of a Bossa Nova vibe, so some kind of dance to that would be good. Performed by Ed Balls of course.
Jojo: Ha, what a great question. I’d say it would be a dramatic Paso Doble to ‘The Window’ would be the one for me.
Laura: a hardcore Reggaeton version of…Wicked Man, we need more feminist Reggaeton that’s for sure.
4.   Choose: Pixies or Breeders? 
Vicki:  I imagine this will be a tricky one for us all to answer given that we’re massively influenced by both, but for me I would definitely say the Breeders. Pod is one of my favourite albums ever, and their cover of Happiness is a Warm Gun is probably one of the best covers ever. And Kim Deal is the coolest.
Jojo: I’m the same with Vicki! This is so incredibly hard to choose as Kim Deal is the epitome of cool but if I had to it’d probably be Pixies ‘Doolittle’ album days. The guitar intro to ‘Hey’ has to be one of the sexiest riffs I’ve ever heard. Pus ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’ is one of my all time favourite songs.
Laura: Mamma mia, I would have to choose Pixies. I love The Breeders with all my heart but Pixies came first to my life and they made such an impact on me. I´ll never forget the sensation I had listening to Surfer Rosa.
5.   Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of 
100Vicki: ‘This Train’ by Chrysta Bell & David Lynch is a great record, really atmospheric and beautiful. ‘The One Hundred Nights of Hero’ is a fantastic graphic novel my good friend Laura bought for me a while back which is described on amazon as ‘a witty attack on the patriarchy’, which sums it up nicely.
Jojo: Well I’m currently listening to the new Alvvays album that just came out last Friday so hopefully no one’s heard that yet, and you definitely should! It’s reminds me of a lost soundtrack to 10 Things I Hate About You or something. And for books, I’d say Sapiens is a great, great read. It’s absolutely brilliant and interesting, covering topics of how slavery, sexism and rape culture came about. Although I think quite a few have heard of it already but if you’re intrigued about the history of humanity broken down into digestible jargon then it’s definitely highly recommended.
Laura: An album from a band from the city I come from in Spain, Seville. I don’t think a lot of people will know them in England plus the record is about seven years old. DEJESE LLEVAR by FIERA. Punk. They were a revolution for my brain, lots of interesting sounds, exhales more freedom than hate.
I guess this book is actually well known but It was such an intense trip ” The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
6.   Bikini Kill or Fugazi?
Jojo: Bikini Kill for sure! You can’t get any better than Kathleen Hanna, surely.
Vicki: Definitely Bikini Kill – they were a massive influence on me growing up, and I probably wouldn’t be playing bands now if it wasn’t for them.
Laura: Bikini Kill, because they were also a massive influence on me too!
7.   What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?
Vicki: Finding a time we’re all free for practice!
Jojo: Ditto that.
Laura: Agree
8.   What are your band goals?
Jojo: Probably to either tour the world with The Cure or Warpaint, release a debut album one day and inspire more women to be in bands (it’s a lot of fun).
Laura: To make music that define us, feeling free to do what we want not worrying about the utility of it. To make a good album, some good videos and yeah, tour the world with Warpaint, obviously.
9.   What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
Jojo: We just filmed our first music video! You heard it here first.
10.    Give your top 5 contemporary bands 
Vicki: LA Witch (who we’re playing with soon), Girlpool (who are just great), Sacred Paws, Chastity Belt, and BEYONCE (who isn’t a band but always worth adding to any list).
Jojo: So I basically agree with everything Vicki has just named so I’ll just extend the above… As of the moment it’s Alvvays (their new album is the bomb!), Vundabar (they are an awesome DIY band from Boston who are my all time favourites), Jay Som (I simple adore Melina Duterte’s songwriting, plus asian girls rockstar solidarity), DIIV (a year later and I still can’t get enough of their second album) and of course Charmpit (megababes of this century).
Laura: Cate le Bon, she frees my mind and makes very genuine, delicate, elegant and quirky, I love her lyrics too. Warpaint, they are the Queens and I love how they make layers and layers of sound that is mixed so softly. I don’t know any other band that makes music like them at the moment. Chastity Belt, they activate my feminist fire and I love their guitar melodies. Wavves, I haven’t stopped listening to them since ‘King of the Beach’ and I fell in love with the beachy Californian sound. It makes me feel young and careless. Angel Olsen, her sound and music is everywhere right now, and she’s my folky crush at the moment.
Find Ghum on Facebook and Bandcamp and catch them live at LOUD WOMEN on 29 September at the Unicorn
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Thee Dinnerladies: 10 Question Interview

dinnerladiesThee Dinnerladies are a “trash garage” band from Walthamstow, joining us on 30 September at our all-ages matinee at The Lexington. The band is three women (Laura, Spangle and Emma) and two men (Lee and Ant), and we sent them 10 questions to find out more about them …

 

1. Who would you most like to cover your songs?

LAURA – I’d like dub versions of them all to be done by Lee Scratch Perry

LEE – Or crushing doom versions with Glen Danzig handling the vocals

2. Choose: Cat or dog? 

SPANGLE – Cat – we have an honouree band member with Lulu the cat who belongs to Laura

LAURA – Definitely Cats. You can’t own a cat, they own you.

3. Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it

Spangle – ‘Puddin’ and with the Viennese Waltz

LAURA – That would have to be ‘Checkouts’. It’s a song is about working in a supermarket (or other dull retail job) and getting sleazed on by oddball members of the public at the till. The song has a “you only shop here cos you fancy me” refrain and ends in a fast raucous shouty bit. Not sure how any one could dance to it but it would be fun to watch them try.

4. Choose: Pixies or Breeders? 

LAURA The Breeders (better hair)…but also Kim and Kelley. ❤

LEE – Pixies because Doolittle got me through a lot of long shifts at Threshers

 

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.

SPANGLE – ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norton Juster. It’s a kid’s book that I still love reading as an adult. A fairly trippy fantasy adventure about a boy called Milo who thinks everything is a waste of time, only to go on an adventure and realise the beauty of life and learning.

LAURA – Hagar the Womb’s ‘The Word of the Womb’ is a fantastic slab of feminist anarcho-punk. It’s brill.

LEE – I saw Hagar the Womb play a few years back at Silver Bullet and they had all their lyrics for new songs in a ring binder which I thought was great.

6. Bikini Kill or Fugazi? 

Spangle – I could (but won’t for this fanzine) write an essay on this. I’m going to have to say Bikini Kill. Punk (especially the DC movement) prided itself on its inclusiveness but very much glossed over the fact that many women felt uncomfortable at these shows – it took someone like Kathleen Hanna to stand up and challenge this notion, make a welcomed space for women and to show that women are as capable as men (this was and is continued to be glossed over).

7. What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?

Spangle – on a personal level the fact it’s taken me 37 years to be in band. It means you start from scratch with how it all works, learning an instrument and gaining the confidence to go out and do it, challenging to say the least especially when you have a toddler and full-time job to take care of. On the plus side it shows you are never too old (or young) to do what the hell you want to do.

ALL – Juggling our very important dinner lady duties of serving hot meals, while also trying to be in a rock n’ roll band.

8. What are your band goals?

LAURA – To play in Manzes Pie and Mash Shop in Walthamstow and get paid in food.

LEE – To have our songs released on vinyl – that’s the dream. Also to play as many gigs as possible and to HAVE FUN! They have always been the 3 goals since we started.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

LAURA – We believe in free school dinners! And we like leopard print.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands

LAURA – I love Good Throb, Kitten Forever and Lil’ Tits – all brilliant bands featuring some very LOUD women.

LEE – For me The Cowboys, Liquids, ShitKid and our mates Smiler have also been getting a lot of play in the dinner lady canteen.


Find Thee Dinnerladies on Facebook and Bandcamp and Instagram, then come see them at Little LOUD WOMEN on 30 September, 2pm to 5pm at The Lexington

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The Noise & the Naive: 10 Question Interview

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The Noise & the Naive are a brand new “power pop duo” from Newcastle, joining us on 29 September at The Unicorn in Camden. We’re really excited about getting to know Anne and Pauline better, so we sent them 10 questions!

 

1.   Who would you most like to cover your songs?

Anne & Pauline: Duchess Says

 

2.   Choose: Cat or dog?

Anne & Pauline: cats are baddest

 

3.   Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it?

Anne & Pauline: Glitter Green: a muscle show // Vintage Mechanical: a waltz that would go wrong

 

4.   Choose: Pixies or Breeders? 

Anne & Pauline: The Breeders, because of Kelley Deal’s outfit in Safari.

 

5.   Recommend a book that you think our readers might not have 51Cw-EXnrAL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_heard of 

Pauline: Hyperbole and a Half, a graphic novel that manages to make depression funny.

 

6.   Bikini Kill or Fugazi? 

Anne: Bikini Kill, one of the best band names ever. Also realising with this question that I should listen to Fugazi more!

 

7.   What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?

Pauline: settling who’s the Noise and who’s the Naive

 

8.   What are your band goals?

Anne: to be like Shonen Knife – keep playing music until we’re 82!

 

9.   What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

Anne: I am the Noise

 

10.  Give your top 5 contemporary bands 

– Melt Banana – they come from the future

– Deap Vally – loving how their sound fills the space

– Otobokebeaver – because of this:

– Grand Blanc – a cold and dark look back at the French eighties

– Angel Olsen – a music you can listen to with your mum

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Find The Noise and the Naive on Facebook and catch them live at LOUD WOMEN on 29 September at the Unicorn

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Rabies Babies: 10 Question Interview

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Rabies Babies – drawing by Lorna Tiefholz

Rabies Babies are awesome – they played the first LOUD WOMEN Fest and we’ve been dying to see them again ever since. We posed 10 questions to Lorna Tiefholz, ahead of their appearance at our family-friendly matinee at the Lexington on 30 September.

1. Who would you most like to cover your songs?
I’d love to hear what Holly Golightly would do with a Rabies Babies song, or Jane Weaver or Ela Orleans. Artists who we love and who sound nothing like us. It would be so interesting to hear. We do a cover of The Primitives ‘Crash’, I think we do it ok. It sounds more like a crash than the original version. I’m not sure if anyone recognises it as The Primitives song though.

2. Choose: Cat or dog? 
Cat because we sometimes play a song about Laura’s cat called ‘Mousetrap’, but we like dogs and some of the lyrics in another of our songs ‘La La La’ is inspired by a dog barking.

3. Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it?
‘I Fought The Floor And The Floor Won’ with one of those dances where the dancers wear really sparkly costumes, pout and kick their legs around and end up doing the splits.

4. Choose: Pixies or Breeders? 
Breeders. Last Splash is one of the greatest albums ever made. (And I have tickets to see Breeders play soon!)

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of 
A couple of years ago I went into a Berlin record shop and asked the guy working there for recommendations. He handed me a pile of records and one of them was ‘Komm Her!’ by The Inserts. I would love to see the Inserts live. They are like the Berlin version of Rabies Babies. They don’t play often. It is my dream to one day do a gig with them.

Book would be ‘Love & Rockets’ comic books by Jaime Hernandez = tales of crap punk 9781606998656_L&RNS8bands, superheroes, wrestling, underage drinking and crushes. We can all relate to that.

6. Bikini Kill or Fugazi? 
Bikini Kill, (even though I do quite like Fugazi). I love the film The Punk Singer, and when Laura’s son was a little baby we used to sing ‘Les & Ray’ (by Le Tigre) to him.

7. What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?
Our guitarist’s son is almost 3 years old. He is fantastic but sometimes it makes practicing or gigging difficult because babysitters are expensive and/or unavailable. I would love to see studios with creche facilities. Can you imagine that? It would be brilliant. Recently we did an all day gig at a pub and the sound man got arsey about a toddler being near the stage. This is a problem that dads in bands rarely have, but mums in bands often have to deal with. We are very excited to be playing at the Little Loud Women gig so Laura’s son can come along and enjoy the gig too.

8. What are your band goals?
Our band goal has always been to have fun. We have been going 18 years, and we have had a load of fun, so we are doing ok. Our other goal is to fight sexism and sexual assault within the punk music scene, sadly this is needed more now than ever and over the last couple of years we have actually lost friends because we’ve been a bit mouthy about standing up to sexual assault. We have a couple of anti-assault songs and usually do a consent speech half way through our set (we probably won’t do this for the Lexington gig – we’re going to make that performance kid friendly).

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
We do not sound how we look and we do not look how we sound.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands

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Oroboke Beaver – drawing by Lorna Tielfholz

Otoboke Beaver
Sauna Youth (or Monotony)
Skinny Girl Diet
Shopping
Moon Duo
These are bands that I love seeing play live, and have released excellent albums. All of these bands are tight and have something original about them and are made up of really mind-blowing fantastic musicians.

 

Find Rabies Babies on Facebook and catch them live at Little LOUD WOMEN on 30 September at the Lexington

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Argonaut: 10 question interview

12303958_1355736944486396_4849102679619219517_oArgonaut are a beloved LOUD WOMEN band – they played our very first event, and many more since then. We posed 10 questions to frontwoman Lorna, guitarist Nathan, keyboard/guitarist Abby, and bassist Joules, ahead of their appearance at our family-friendly matinee at the Lexington on 30 September.

1. Who would you most like to cover your songs?

Lorna: OMG That’s a brilliant question. So many bands I love … NIN, Cyndi Lauper, Yeah Yeah Yeahs … I think it might have to be Tori Amos cuz when I was 17 ‘Crucify My Love’ was one of my favourite songs and she has so much passion that I would love an acoustic version of one of Argonaut’s songs with her singing.

Abby: Someone quite disco-ey. Like Divine?

Nathan: Nirvana

Joules: Brotherhood of Man. That’s my standard answer to that sort of question.

2. Choose: Cat or dog?

Lorna: Has to be dog cuz I had two lovely dog friends when I was a child. Worthington and Candy were my childhood pets. Love dogs.

Abby: Cats – because they’re awkward buggers. Oh I love them.

 

3. Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it? TV?

Lorna: ‘Vintage Dress’ definitely. I would love them to wear fantastic vintage clothes and Doc Martin boots and dance in a Goth, grunge 80s/90s dance fashion.

4. Choose: Pixies or Breeders?  

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Lorna: “My old college folder from when I was about 17/18 years old. Loved Suede and Kurt, Levellers and L7. X and lips like Loud women. xx”

Lorna: Pixies are the best!
Pixies is a massive influence and for me leaving school in the early 90s and going to clubs in Birmingham and dancing to the Pixies was so amazing. ‘Where is my Mind’ is a favourite for me. Love the Breeders too. ‘Cannonball’ was and still is a great dance song.

Abby: Both incredible, but it’s got to be the Pixies. It’s the combination of Frank and Kim’s voices and the manic energy of the music.

Joules: Both. Except if you’re talking about now, then, Breeders. Pixies aren’t Pixies without Kim.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.  

Abby: Record: Les Georges Leningrad‘s ‘Sangue Puro’ – it’s life affirmingly mental noise. Sort of defies description really. Book: ‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazan – frank ’60s tale of young French woman who escapes from prison and her subsequent thrills and spills.

Nathan: New Beaches or Mermaidens albums? So many amazing female bands coming from Australia and New Zealand at the moment, the Antipodes always seem like a wonderful parallel universe, so many great bands that feel just that little bit misaligned and left of centre. I really enjoyed recently reading the Siouxsie and the Banshees biography, great ground zero inspiration and a good excuse to listen to the records.

Joules: Album: Solex vs The Hitmeister. Crafted almost entirely of samples from the bargain bin of the artist’s (Elisabeth Esselink) Amsterdam record shop, not that you’d ever know. Ethereal and a bit angsty. Book: The Manual (How to have a Number 1 the easy way) by The KLF. A bit obvious perhaps but I love it. Hopelessly dated but the attitude is still DIY 101.

6. Bikini Kill or Fugazi?

Lorna: Bikini Kill. Love the power in Kathleen Hanna‘s voice and great fun tunes. Kathleen Hanna is such a big ball of energy and a massive influence on the whole Riot Grrrl movement in the 90’s and today with her new band. Saw Julie Ruin twice and they were amazing.

Abby: Bikini Kill, though I like Le Tigre way better. It’s bloody Kathleen innit? Nuff said.

Nathan: Bikini Kill. I loved them since I saw them with Huggy Bear. I only heard Fugazi once I read about them in connection with Riot Grrrl. I have a Fugazi record, must listen to it more!

7. What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?

Lorna: Sometimes because I’m the front woman I feel like I should be up there speaking out about things to the audience, but I’m quite a shy person when it comes to public speaking, so I tend to shout out about our lyrics instead.

Abby: Nathan’s jokes.

Nathan: Writing your best songs for a mostly imaginary audience.

Joules: Balancing rockstar ambitions with family life.

8. What are your band goals?

Lorna: To find a fantastic drummer. To release songs together more and have fun!

Abby: A nice outing sometime soon.

Nathan: To write songs for an unimaginary audience? Would be lovely for more people to hear our new album and to come to our shows.

Joules: To have fun. Mission already accomplished. Fuck everything else.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

 

Joules: New album Argonaut Forever imminently available to pre order at www.keymailorder.com

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands

Lorna: 1) The Baby Seals Seen them a few times live and bought their CD at LOUD WOMEN Fest. Very good tunes.
2) Pete Fij & Terry Bickers . Saw them live a few weeks ago at Aces and Eights . It was an acoustic set and absolutely beautiful. Both used to be in 90’s bands Adorable and House of Love/Levitation.
3) Suede – Night Thoughts. A really beautiful album . Been into Suede from when they first came along in early 90’s got all there first 12″ singles and albums. Saw them live in 90’s too at the Hummingbird. Great live! Brett Anderson’s voice is so amazing.
4) Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial. A fantastic album, it really grows on you the more you listen to it. Nathan and I both love them.
5) Chastity Belt. Heard them on 6Music and I really liked them. Think they are playing live in September.

Abby: 1) MIA – innovative, witty ‘up yours-ey’ pop tunes. 2) Sink Ya Teeth – amazing band recently discovered at LOUD WOMEN Fest. Charley Stone says they’re a bit like Silver Apples, and I agree. 3) Velodrome – this is actually one woman, Katherine Christie Evans, who just has this utterly beautiful soprano voice accompanied by gorgeous and very original music. 4) The Menstrual Cramps – the singer is really arsey in a brilliant and inspiring (and funny) way, and the guitarist and bassist are just so very cool. Their songs are ace too.5)  U S Girls – like MIA, this band (actually also just one woman (Megan Remy) have been around for a while, and deserve way greater recognition than they get. Megan writes great and very original pop songs about overtime and periods. She also has this unique feline voice.

Nathan: 1) Kane Strang – when I saw him Lorna told him he looked like me when I was young and he replied ‘maybe he’s my dad!’ 2) Noveller – I am really into guitar pedals and Jazzmasters at the moment and she is the queen of both! 3) Scott and Charlene’s Wedding – greatest songs, greatest name, great people and two of the best shows I saw last year. 4) Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – a heavenly match, loving the single and really looking forward to the album and live shows. 5) Car Seat Headrest – so young and clever. Let’s see how that works out for him…

Joules: The Lovely Eggs. Fantastic, loud and absolutely bonkers tunes with from husband and wife duo who are accompanied on the road by Holly’s mum to look after their young son. Holly’s guitar work is astounding (especially live) and David’s drumming is an engineer’s dream.

Find Argonaut on Facebook and catch them live at Little LOUD WOMEN on 30 September at the Lexington

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