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Tue
21
Mar

SHADOWMAN Expose 'Secrets And Lies' May 19

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Escape Music will release the brand new SHADOWMAN album on May 19.
 
 
Steve Overland (FM) -­ Lead Vocals
Steve Morris (Heartland) ­- Guitars & Keyboards
Chris Childs (Thunder) ­- Bass
Harry James (Thunder) -­ Drums
 
Special guest on keyboards: Didge Digital
 
Produced by: Steve Morris and Steve Overland
Mixed and Mastered by: Martin Kronlund
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Track List: 1- Gravity 4:34 / 2-Automatic 4:19 / 3- Put It All On Love 4:45 / 4-Contagious 3:26 / 5-Broken Bones 3:53/ 6-Best Things In Life 4:09 / 7-Face The Night 4:23 / 8-No Smoke Without Fire 4:09 / 9-Good Times, Bad Times 2:58 / 10-Be True To yourself 4:21 / 11-Secrets And Lies 3:57 / 12-Stand Up And Be Counted 3:26
 
It has been almost 14 years since the debut album by Shadowman was released ('Land of the Living' ESM098). The album was warmly received by all who had a penchant for good old British melodic hard rock. As you would expect Shadowman had elements of both Heartland and FM deeply embedded in its grooves, yet it was highly original and was often touted as the best British melodic release of 2004.
 
Two years later in 2006 and the eagerly awaited follow up 'Different Angles' (ESM 127) became an important album for this quartet that also includes both Harry James and Chris Childs of Thunder. The unmistakable guitar trademark sound of Steve Morris and the vocals of Steve Overland will always shine through at a very early stage. Somehow they make their music sound effortless, and as we all very well know Steve Overland has a remarkable vocal range. His vocal range suits the classic melodic rock genre and he has a very bluesy side to his talent. His four solo releases on Escape Music are all fine examples of his work.
 
Shadowman are a band that is all about great rock music who will win you over with charm. Quality rock music is so hard to find these days and it is reassuring to know that it hasn't lost its way. 'Ghost in the Mirror' (ESM179), the band's third release in 2008 is an extension of the band's already established sound and the 2011 release 'Watching Over You' helped nurture the band's identity even further.
 
Another six years on and we are presented with the band’s fifth studio release, and it’s certainly been worth the wait. “Gravity” is a marvellous opener which shows fresh ideas and superb musicianship, and this pretty much paves the way for the rest of the album. Along the way we have Steve Morris and his ever present guitar prowess, and Steve Overland just effortlessly gives us brilliant vocal performances throughout. The solid rhythm of Thunder men Chris Childs and Harry James are faultless, and with classic touches from original FM keyboards player Didge Digital we are in for a real treat.
 
Discography: Land of the Living (2004), Different Angles (2006), Ghost in the Mirror (2008), Watching Over you (2011), Nowhere Bound (2017)
 
 

 

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Thu
09
Mar

SNAKECHARMER Deliver 'Second Skin' May 12

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Snakecharmer’s sophomore album, “Second Skin” on May 12.
 
The British hard rock supergroup Snakecharmer was originally founded in 2011 by former Whitesnake/David Coverdale members Micky Moody and Neil Murray along with the perfect mix of high calibre musicians including Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne), and Chris Ousey (Heartland).
 
The band’s debut self-titled album was released in 2013 and musically the record showed a finely crafted hard rock style mixed with blues and melodic overtones, akin to Micky and Neil's former band and Bad Company, with hints of early Foreigner as well.
 
Snakecharmer played live shows regularly in support of the album’s release and built a solid fanbase in the UK and Europe. In 2016, Moody left the band and was replaced by the Irish-born Simon McBride on lead guitar. Simon was hailed “among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” by Guitarist Magazine and has built up an impressive resume playing with outstanding rock, soul, and blues artists.
 
“Second Skin” is the hotly anticipated second effort from Snakecharmer and brings the listener straight back to the good old days of real rock n' roll played with heart and soul. Slightly harder edged compared to the debut, but with roots still firmly planted in the classic hard rock vibe with a hint of late '70s AOR, this new record sounds fresh and crisp.
 
Bassist Neil Murray says “It’s been a rather long journey, but finally I’m very pleased to announce that Snakecharmer are soon to release our new album, Second Skin. The band has now found its own unique musical identity and in particular Laurie Wisefield and Chris Ousey have contributed some very powerful and melodic songs, which still have the Snakecharmer blues-rock distinctive trademarks. The band works in a very democratic and collaborative way, which means that sometimes there is a lot of discussion before decisions are finally made, and it was great to have a more objective viewpoint from producer Gary Stevenson, who also fired the band up with his ideas, enthusiasm and sonic skills. We can’t wait to get out on tour and play some of the new songs, together with the best of our established classics, both Snakecharmer and Whitesnake, and showcase our new virtuoso guitarist, the brilliant Simon McBride.”
 
Strong, passionate, rocking, and blues-laden, “Second Skin” is quality British hard rock at its very best!
 
Tracklisting:
1. Sounds Like A Plan
2. That Kind Of Love
3. Are You Ready To Fly
4. Follow Me Under
5. I'll Take You As You Are
6. Hell Of A Way To Live
7. Fade Away
8. Dress It Up
9. Punching Above My Weight
10. Forgive & Forget
11. Where Do We Go From Here
 
SNAKECHARMER:
Chris Ousey - vocals
Laurie Wisefield - guitar
Simon McBride - guitar
Adam Wakeman - keyboards
Neil Murray - bass
Harry James - drums
 
UK TOUR DATES:
May 05 Cardiff, The Globe
May 07 Bingley, Bingley Arts Centre
May 10 Hull, Fruit
May 12 Sheffield, The Plug
May 13 Tavistock, The Wharf
May 14 London, O2 Academy Islington
May 18 Glasgow, 02 ABC2
May 19 Newcastle upon Tyne, 02 Academy
May 20 Alva, Scotland
May 24 Preston, Guildhall
May 25 Milton Keynes, The Stables
May 26 Frome, Cheese And Grain
May 27 Holmfirth, Picturedrome

 

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Wed
07
Dec

THUNDER Will 'Rip It Up' In February

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New Album - It's Called... "Rip It Up" - Released Feb 10th 2017
 
Yes people, we're extremely chuffed to announce that our new studio album is finished, and it is AMAZING! We can say this of course because we've heard it, so you'll have to trust us..
It was recorded in 3 sessions (March, June and August) and it's a real step up in every direction. There are 11 brand new cracking tunes, all written as ever by Luke. He also produced it, and our old mate Nick Brine recorded it at Rockfield in Monmouth (as with Wonder Days).
This time we made a few changes, with some new mixing ears wrapped around it in the form of the talented Clint Murphy at Modern World, and Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, who mastered it in New York USA.
The album artwork was done by a fantastic Norwegian artist (yes he's an artist) called Magnus Gjoen. His work focuses on how things are not always what they seem, which we think is a bit like us..
 
There will be formats galore, and also like Wonder Days, there will be a whole bunch of Thunder Store Only exclusive items. All of these will be available to pre-order tomorrow morning at 09:00, so pop back here and check it all out babies!
Paul Anthony will get the world exclusive first play of the title song "Rip It Up" at 08:10 tomorrow morning on Planet Rock, so tune in, have a listen, and spread the word. With your help, on February 10th 2017, we're going to Rip It Up, all over again...
 
Thanks
BCDH&L
 

 

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Thu
28
Jul

THUNDER Announce Official Bio 'Giving The Game Away'

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We're pleased to announce that our first ever book will be called “Giving The Game Away', and it's the definitive Thunder story in all its glorious detail.

We'll be launching it at the Louder Than Words literary festival in Manchester on November 12th.
We'll be 'in conversation' with Joel McIver, our long suffering author (he who interviewed us 1000 times for the book).

From Thunder Online: "As and when it feels appropriate, we'll burst into acoustic performances, and Joel will do his best to exercise some control over the proceedings.
Once we're done, we'll mingle for a short while with the assembled throng, chat and sign the book (which can be pre-ordered along with tickets).

Tickets and pre-sales for the book will go on sale at 09:00 on Friday morning, and this is fair warning so you all have an equal chance to get your hands on one or two. It's an intimate event, so those who want to attend will need to be quick.

See you there

Thanks

BCDH&L"

 
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Thu
21
Jul

THUNDER Announce First Ever Australian Dates

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Look Out Aussie, Here We Come!
Yes yes it’s true. 
It’s only taken us 28 years to get there, but in March 2017, we will play our first ever shows in Australia..
Yes yes it’s true.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, and there's a pre-sale happening on Wednesday too. All ticket links will be posted here:WWW.MJRPRESENTS.COM/THUNDER
In the meantime the venues and dates are below.
We really can’t say any more, we are way too excited..
Yes yes it’s true..
BCDH&L
Tuesday 7th March - Factory, Sydney NSW
Wednesday 8th March - Corner, Melbourne VIC
Friday 10th March - Triffid, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 11th March - Capitol, Perth WA

 

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Mon
15
Feb

One On One With Mitch Lafon - THUNDER

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THUNDER's DANNY BOWES joins Mitch on episode 195 of One On One With Mitch Lafon
 
 
In the episode's only interview, vocalist DANNY BOWES discusses THUNDER latest release All You Can Eat, last year's Wonder Days, the business of Thunder, why North America has been so hard to 'conquer', his relationship with Luke Morley, getting a record label after years of being independent, the Farewell not actually Farewell tour, and much more.

Quotes from the DANNY BOWES interview:

On the initial reaction to record company's request to record All You Can Eat: "The band wasn't overly impressed with the idea of having finished an album and going straight back in to the studio to re-record it live, but we, in the end, thoroughly enjoyed it."

The future of the band: "Providing we stay happy and healthy, we'd love to release another record in 2017. We have momentum and an international presence which is growing. The ripples of love for the Wonder Days album are still coming home to us now."

Luke Morley: "He's a constant. He's always been there. We are inextricably linked, always have been and always will be. There is no way around that."

North America: "The video for Dirty Love that went number one Dial MTV for six weeks. We sold a quarter of a million albums in America and hadn't even set foot there. We were thinking, 'wow, this is it.' The problem was a man named Kurt Cobain had other ideas. Overnight, the record company changed from being interested in bands like us to being interested in bands like Nirvana."

"We had a tour booked with David Lee Roth and Cinderella in the summer of '91. It was three months in huge sheds. We'd shipped all our equipment, our bicycles, and absolutely everything out there to start this tour. We were so excited and with about five days to go, our American manager rang up and told us to unpack. He said, 'the tour is not selling. It's not about this kind of music anymore. You guys are going to get the reputation for being the house band on the Titanic."

For more about THUNDER visit:
Online: http://www.thunderonline.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderonline
TWITTER: @thundertowers
Official YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thunderonline
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3SfrwwVPGtjYTI3vwQ4hEU

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

 
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Fri
16
Oct

THUNDER - Wonder Days (Review)

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2015
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Europe
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Melodic Hard Rock
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75
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Catch Up Review / As a fan of British classic hard rock group Thunder since their debut album way back in 1990, this for me has to be the least played album of their catalogue since 1999’s Giving the Game Away.
But is that because of the quality of this record or the sheer girth of releases consumers have been flooded with this year?
I think a little of both. True enough that I hadn’t given this the time it deserved due to so many other releases demanding my time, but I also failed to connect with the album on the first few listens, so it got pushed aside at the time of its release.
 
Now revisiting it over the last few weeks I can see the good and not so good of it pretty clearly.
Basically I’m still not connecting with some of the tunes and find myself skipping to my favourites.
 
I’m not convinced the guys have got the flow of the album right either. I find the storming second track The Thing I Want superior to the mid-tempo beat of the title track and then the mainly acoustic The Rain kills the momentum completely.
It’s not until the bluesy The Prophet and the semi-acoustic Resurrection Day that I get truly interested again, but that’s lost the minute the plodding Chasing Shadows kicks in.
Broken is a pretty good Thunder ballad.

Too much emphasis on bluesy mid-tempo tunes, which is pretty much my least favourite style when it comes to bands like Thunder. Overall I think the songs that just aren’t strong enough this time around. But that’s me comparing this to the band’s overall classic catalogue – a raft of albums any band would be proud of.
I’ll hope for another album in the not too distant future.
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Thu
27
Nov

THUNDER - Wonder Days - New Album New Label New Website New Everything

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THUNDER - Wonder Days - New Album - New Label - New Website - New Everything

From the very latest THUNDER Newsletter:

Six years after the release of our last studio album, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve recorded a new one.
Sorry for the tome, but we feel there is a lot to talk about..

What’s it called? 
Glad you asked, it’s called Wonder Days, and it’s really good. 
There are 11 cracking tracks, very classic Thunder at times, some heavier riff-tastic stuff, and a couple of ballads for good measure.

 

When it is released?
It’s out on February 16th next year, but see below for info on pre-ordering.

What’s the tracklist?
1.   Wonder Days
2.   The Thing I Want
3.   The Rain
4.   Black Water
5.   The Prophet
6.   Resurrection Day
7.   Chasing Shadows
8.   Broken
9.   When The Music Played
10. Serpentine
11. I Love The Weekend

Will I like it?
If you like anything we’ve ever done, you will love this. 
There are no fillers, every song is great in its own way.
In fact if you don’t love it, Harry says he will give you your money back (joke).

OK we get it, tell us more about the recording process..
It was recorded at Rockfield in Monmouth (where we made The Thrill Of It All in 1996). It was engineered by Nick Brine (he was the boy assistant on TTOIA), and mixed by our old mate Mike Fraser (he did Backstreet Symphony & Behind Closed Doors). In essence we got the A Team back together in our favourite studio, and it felt very good indeed. Ben being diagnosed with cancer was a massive shock, and it knocked us off track somewhat (as it would), but he went through it, and we did our best to support him, whilst continuing to work on the album. He’s thankfully been given the all clear recently, so that’s a huge relief all round. He’s not on the album much of course, and he has a way to go to get back to normal, but he will, and we’re all very happy about it.

Is the new album going to be on vinyl?
Yep, in fact it’s going to be available in a good few formats, in all kinds of fabulous Thunder Bundles, with signed stuff and exclusive items, limited edition this and that etc. 

Of course you’ll still be able to get the regular version on iTunes and Amazon etc, but we hope you’re going to like our Thunder Bundles.

We’ve worked very hard with our new record label earMUSIC to make all these extra formats really good, with exclusive brand new songs, some great live recordings, different covers, and Thunder stuff never released before.

When can I get it?
You can’t get it until Feb 16th 2015, but all the bundles will be available to pre-order tomorrow night at 7pm via our brand new website. 

It’s at the same address www.thunderonline.com, but it’s been redesigned from the ground up, so a massive big up to The Thin One for all his sweat & toil on the code.

If you want the iTunes and Amazon standard versions, these giants tend to be laws unto themselves, so it’s best to check those sites direct. 

We will of course get the links up as and when we know they’re selling the album.

OK, you split up, I bought the 20 Years & Out tee shirt, why come back? 

We thought you might ask that, and it’s a valid question..

We honestly had no intention of coming back when we went our separate ways in 2009, but we had no crystal ball, and didn’t know then what would happen in 2013.

We could have said we were taking a break like other bands have done, but that wasn’t what we felt, so we thought it would be misleading to say it when it wasn’t true.

Having been away for 2 years, we freely admit we were lured back for fat a pile of cash in 2011 when we did High Voltage, and the show was great, but as with 2008, we all had other things going on. Annual Xmas shows seemed like a good solution, and they were also great. They always sold out, so it was obvious there were still a lot of Thunder fans, and we were happy & grateful. The problem was we were still busy with other things, so we went back to them each January. 

It changed when we did the tour with Journey & Whitesnake last year. We were unsure if it would send the wrong signals when we agreed to it, but it’s not like you get asked to do an arena tour every week, so we said yes. We were not prepared for the reaction. It was almost like we were the headline band, the crowd every night was so good, and there seemed to be so many people wearing Thunder shirts, it felt a bit like we’d become more popular in our absence. We started wondering if maybe we should make a new record, but once again we were all busy, so there was much soul searching, while we debated whether or not we could all commit to doing it again properly. This went on for months, until Luke decided to start writing anyway, and when we heard the tunes, there was no choice, they were so good we simply had to do it. 

Whether or not you choose to believe it, that is the truth. We have never been cynical or manipulative, just human beings, with lives and families and the usual pressures. 

No grand plan, we’re just not that organised…

If you want a taste of how the new songs work live, click here to check our new Wonder Days video, live in Tokyo.

You’ve got me excited, so when are you playing live again?
Our 3 shows in March at Leeds First Direct Arena (12th), Birmingham NIA (13th) and Hammersmith Apollo (14th) are going to be very special, not only because we’ll be playing in arenas in our own right for the first time, but we’ll be playing these new tunes, which will be amazing. The huge cherry on the top is that we’ll hopefully have Ben back, fighting fit, and ready to rock.

Links to the shows and the tickets are also on our new killer website www.thunderonline.com

Did we perchance mention that we have a new website?

Thanks a million for all your support over the past 25 years.

We haven’t always been active, but you’ve always been there, and we’re very grateful.

We’re back.

Ben, Chris, Danny, Harry & Luke
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Tue
01
Jul

THE JONES GANG AND PAUL YOUNG SET TO ROCK THE ISPS HANDA LADIES EUROPEAN MASTERS

The Jones Gang and Paul Young set to Rock the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters

The Ladies European Tour is pleased to announce that a superb line-up of musical entertainment will support this year's ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, taking place at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Denham from 3-6 July.

Ticket holders will not only be able to enjoy the world class golf during the championship, but after play on Saturday they will be able to enjoy a live rock concert by The Jones Gang in the tented village. The Jones Gang features members of The Who, The Faces, Small Faces, Roxy Music, Foreigner, Bad Company and Thunder ' a line up which has shaped rock history.

Singer Paul Young will be a special guest joining The Who's Kenney Jones on drums,Foreigner's Rick Wills on bass, Steve Smith on keyboard as well as singer Danny Bowesand guitarist Luke Morley from Thunder. 

'The main thing is that we have fun and we want everybody else to have fun and listen to a good band. That's what we achieved at Wentworth tremendously well. Even if people aren't watching the golf they can come in and watch the band.'Speaking ahead of their appearance at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, Rick Wills said: 'We're really looking forward to coming to the Buckinghamshire, especially now that we've done our first golf event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. I think the setting at the Buckinghamshire is actually nicer because although the tented village at Wentworth was fantastic, it wasn't a very nice day, so hopefully the sun will be out and everybody can really have a good time. If it's a nice day people can have some entertainment, hang around, have a few drinks. It's such a lovely setting with the river and it's a superb place. When you drive in, it's like, wow!

The ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters is the flagship event of the Ladies European Tour (LET) and well as the world-class golf, there will be plenty of entertainment and activities for all the family to enjoy. Every day there will be Q&A sessions in the tented village where spectators can pose questions to sporting celebrities, free golf lessons for kids and adults in the PING Swing Zone and free face painting over the weekend. Thursday is ladies' day when you can make a date with Strictly Come Dancing's Anton du Beke while Friday will be cocktail night.

Tickets for the concert, which will take place from 7.30-9pm on Saturday, 5th July, will be on sale at the gate for '15, but anyone who has spent the day watching the golf will be able to stay on and watch the gig free of charge. At just '20 for a one day adult entry ticket, it represents fantastic value for money and children under 16 will be admitted free of charge if accompanied by an adult ticket holder. 

Buy your tickets now at http://tickets.sky.com/Golf/

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Wed
04
Jun

TERRAPLANE DEBUT ALBUM REISSUE DUE JUNE 16

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TERRAPLANE DEBUT ALBUM REISSUE CELEBRATED WITH RARE DOUBLE SINGLE RELEASE

Hear No Evil Recordings/Cherry Red are celebrating their upcoming expanded edition reissue of TERRAPLANE's debut 1985 album BLACK AND WHITE with the release of a rare double digital single: I SURVIVE / GIMME THE MONEY (City Records Version) on June 9.

More widely known as inimitable British hard rock heroes THUNDER, Danny Bowes (vocals), Luke Morley (guitar) and Harry James (drums) formed the more pop-orientated Terraplane in the early 80s, releasing their debut single 'I Survive' in 1983.  Building up a loyal following in London, and with support from Kerrang! magazine, they eventually found major label recognition when they signed to Epic Records, releasing "Black And White', their debut, in 1985.

'I'm The One' features none other than Jools Holland on organ, and 'Couldn't Handle The Tears' has guest vocals from Ruby Turner.

After 1987's "Moving Target' LP, Terraplane split up, with its principle members forming the harder rocking Thunder, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Thunder split in 2009, playing live only occasionally since then, but has recently decided to start work on a new album.  The band will be on the bill with Aerosmith at the Calling Festival at Clapham Common on June 28.

Black And White: Expanded Edition is due for release June 16, remastered with eight bonus tracks and 16-page colour booklet including rare memorabilia and extensive liner notes by Malcolm Dome, and featuring interviews with Luke Morley and Danny Bowes.

 

Pre-order Terraplane - Black And White: Expanded Edition here:

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4672

 

Terraplane - Back And White: Expanded Edition Track Listing:

1. Don't Walk Away

2. When You're Hot

3. I Can't Live Without Your Love

4. Talking To Myself

5. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore

6. I Survive

7. Right Between The Eyes

8. Black And White

9. I'm The One

10. Get Your Face Out Of My Dream

11. Couldn't Handle The Tears

 

BONUS TRACKS

12. Beginning Of The End

13. Let The Wheels Go Round

14. Get Your Face Out Of My Dream

(Demo Version - Previously Unreleased)

15. All Night And Day (Live)

16. Tough Kind Of Life

17. I Survive (City Records version)

18. Gimme The Money (City Records version)

 

Links:

www.cherryred.co.uk

www.hearnoevilrecordings.com

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