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December 2016

Embrace Win Live Band Of The Year 2016 With Interview & Live Review

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A huge congratulations to Embrace who take the FOTF Best Live Band of the year 2016. Over 14,000 Flick of the Finger readers and fans voted and Embrace took taking a whopping 44% of the vote leaving runner up Gary Numan with over 35% FOTF spoke to the band to announce the news and heres what they had to say   “It’s fantastic to win something for playing live because that’s always been where the band really comes to life. It also means more because it was voted for by the people who love the band. 2017 is going to…

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How Much Do You Know About The Coral?

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The Story of the Coral Another combo in a long line of Scouser success stories (from The BEATLES to ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, to The LA’S and former labelmates The ZUTONS), The CORAL have extended their longevity beyond their retro-roots angle and boundaries, albeit largely ignored in the States where they’d signed to Columbia Records. Influenced by a spirited cocktail of neo-psychedelia, country, Motown and Merseybeat, several albums have been served up since the early millennium, whereas inventive hit singles `Dreaming Of You’, `Don’t Think You’re The First’, `Pass It On’ and `In The Morning’, have reached out to a…

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Temper Trap, O2 Academy, Manchester

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Temper Trap pack out Manchester’s Academy 2 on a very cold December evening  Forming in 2005, the Temper trap hail from Melbourne, Australia and relocated to London a few years back. Dougy (vocals) Jonathon (bass) Toby (drums) and Joseph (keyboards and guitar) the band released their debut album ‘Conditions‘ back in 2009 which received some great reviews. The album peaked at No. 9 in the albums charts and into the top 30 on the UK albums chart. The lead single, ‘Sweet Disposition’, won Most Popular Australian Single and Best Group at the ARIA Music Awards of 2010. Their eponymous second…

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Travis, O2 Academy, Liverpool

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Tonight at Liverpool O2 Academy Travis are celebrating 20 years in the music business with a run of 3 UK dates.  Fran Healy was humbled by the sell-out crowd and was quick to say “Travis are 20 years old, we are one of the few bands that are still surviving and it’s thanks to you all!” On a night when the city of Liverpool was in the grips of a local football derby it is a fitting tribute to the band that the venue was rocking. Opening the show was Chicago born Sarah Walk. The 25-year-old performed songs from her…

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Tempesst Enter The FOTF Hall Of Fame

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It’s always cool to hear new music or discover new bands from the other side of the world.  It’s also very warming when you get the chance to cave a quick catch up with said band and their all really sound fella’s who actually give a sh!t about what they do.  This is the 3rd Aussie band I’ve seen in as many months and I’ve got to say – There are some top quality bands coming out of Australia at the moment… and these Brisbanians are definitely up there with the best of them.  Tempesst played a sell out support slot to theAussie band…

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Maker ‘Move Your Feet’

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Maker’s single ‘Move Your Feet’ will have you doing just that. The swagger that the track possesses just immediately embeds itself into your brain and rolls around uncontrollably until your body gets into the groove. ‘Move Your Feet’ has upbeat vibes of T-Rex, not to mention an overall sensibility of ’70s psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll. The track isn’t a brand new release, but that is completely irrelevant when it comes to being Flick of the Finger’s Record of the Week. The song was recorded at Leeders Farm, while being mixed and produced by the band and Nick Brine. A lot…

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Red Faces ‘Kerosene’

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In these dying days, as a brutal 2016 drags itself to a welcome end, guitars can seem rarer than hope. RedFaces are rarer still – a brand new guitar band snapped up by a major label in open defiance of chart stats and marketing departments. Red Faces ‘Kerosene’ Newly signed to RCA and with a debut single – the incendiary ‘Kerosene’ – available now (with a limited 7” due on February 3rd), RedFaces are Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock. Four lads from Sheffield treading what was once a well-worn path, these days the road less travelled.…

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Embrace, Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

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Embrace return to Liverpool to a loyal audience. The guys dropped on Liverpool as a taster for their new album out in 2017. After an interview with Flick Of The Finger in October, I managed to catch Embrace at the Olympia Theatre, for the Liverpool leg of their tour. The crowd was jammed in, and after speaking to various fans I found that people had travelled far and wide to attend. It seems that Embrace still have a very loyal fanbase and have no trouble drawing a big crowd and filling a theatre. After playing as a backing band for…

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David Bowie ‘Black Star’ FOTF Album Of The Year

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One of the first albums of 2016 was David Bowies ‘Black Star’ released January 8th 2016 It’s equally surprising and rewarding to find that David Bowie’s 25th studio album in 49 years is of such finesse and cutting edge. Even though his passing seemed inevitable, there are no signs of letting up on this parting record, conceding to mediocrity or touching on former glories in order to remind you once more of his greatness. The man who fell to earth has already achieved all of that and now, returning to whence he came, he leaves us with an oddity as…

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Cream 3 Album Give Away

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Our friends over at Cream has sent us some christmas goodies to give away to our readers These three albums consist of over 160 quality tunes that have been filling the dance floors all over the globe Flick of the Finger have been working closely with our friends over at Cream and as a thank you to our readers they have given us 3 albums (8 CD’s) to give to one lucky reader.  Simply like our facebook page to win. The winner announced Friday 16th Dec at 20:00 and will be posted first thing Saturday morning  Track Lists Cream Anthems 2016…

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Kula Shaker, O2 Academy, Bristol

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Kula Shaker the psychedelic rock band, led by frontman Crispian Mills have just started there 20 year anniversary K album tour and they arrived in Bristol with a bang. I saw them 20 years ago performing the album and was blown away, would I be blown away again I was asking myself before I entered the venue? It was a wet, damp night and soon as I got in the O2 it felt warm and had a real nice vibe, Josh sticks were burning on stage smelling like india and Kula Shakers back drops looked absolutely stunning. Crispian Mills came on stage looking very…

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The Twang Release Video for Christmas Single

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After a long day in the studio during the summer of 2014, The Twang began tinkering with a tune about a young man sitting at a bar, struggling to make sense of his life. From that day the song took on a life of it’s own. The band quickly agreed that it sounded like a Christmas classic.  They named it ‘On the 24th’ and It’s available now.  They will also play their ninth annual Christmas show to three thousand devoted fans at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on December 17th. Support comes from hotly-tipped newcomers Cabbage, along with a DJ set from Swim Deep.…

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Ash 1977 Anniversary tour, O2 Ritz, Manchester

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Ash asked the question, “Do you know the time I Knew a girl from Mars”? This crowd did. There are albums that from time to time almost define a generation, Ash’s debut LP 1977, named in honour of the year Star Wars hit cinema screens and “opened” by the scream of a TIE Fighter. Which was the same backing track the band took to the stage this evening. 20 years have passed since three young lads got themselves together in Norther Ireland, the band was made up of Vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler along with Bassist Mark Hamilton and Drummer…

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Chameleons Vox ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is 2016’

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Back by overwhelming popular demand, CHAMELEONS VOX are delighted to reveal they will be returning to the hallowed halls of the Manchester Academy for their third annual hometown celebration. Chameleons Vox: Home Is Where The Heart Is… 2016.   Now becoming something of a yearly tradition for the cult Mancunian band and their devoted fan base, the third annual instalment follows rapturously received former years in residence at the venue.  The Home Is Where The Heart Is series has seen the Chameleons Vox mastermind Mark Burgess unearth forgotten gems and glittering rarities from the band’s coveted back catalogue for these…

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James and The Charlatans, Echo Arena, Liverpool

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James and The Charlatans bring Madchester to Liverpool Echo Arena When you mention Manchester music, James along with The Charlatans, normally get overlooked in the bigger scheme of things in favour of the likes of the Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, New Order and the Fall. It was a quick trip down the East Lancs Road, for all tonight’s bands, Manchester comes to Liverpool. No Rivalry in the Arena tonight, “Nothing but Love”. Sees The final show on the road with their 14th studio album, and tour ‘The Girl at the End of the World’. Possibly as last minute as…

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Painting Chaos – New Music Video

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The local band Painting Chaos has been very busy with new music, and with new music comes a badass video. Today they released a music video for their new song, “A Way Out”, from an upcoming album that have fans anxiously awaiting a release date. The song is a clever mix between strong, clean vocals and a hard rock guitar foundation paired with a moody warehouse video setting. The lyrics tell a pretty powerful story and I am hyped to see how the rest of the album compares. We’ve linked the video for your viewing pleasure. Flick of the Finger…

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INTERVIEW: Fun Lovin Criminals

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Today we had the pleasure catching up with the man! Brian Fast Leiser of The Fun Lovin Criminals. So, what can your fans expect with the up and coming tour? We try not to play the same set list, it gets stale and tiring, we never plan really so not sure what we are doing. I do know we like doing gigs on Fridays or Saturdays so people can let loose and do what they want, drink shit loads of tequila without worrying about going into work with a hangover. Where do you call home? I been here in England for 10 years now…

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Maccabees Announce Extra Date For Alexandra Palace

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Due to unprecedented demand The Maccabees have announced a third and final show at Alexandra Palace June 29th. This follows their previously announced shows in Manchester and at London’s Alexandra Palace selling out within 24 hours. Without doubt, these shows will be one of the highlights of 2017. The must see shows will be a chance to bid farewell to this much loved band, following their announcement to split in August, much to the dismay of the musical community. This followed a brilliant 12 month period where the band scaled new heights; headlining Latitude Festival and getting their first number…

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Ten Fé ‘Overflow’

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Today, Ten Fé share the brand new video for their current single ‘Overflow’ – taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Hit The Light’ which is due for release on the 3rd February 2017.  Recorded in the studio built into the Berlin HQ of Kompakt Records in Berlin with Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), ‘Hit The Light’ is a highly accomplished album with a captivating concoction of styles. The record seamlessly fuses intricate contemporary electronics and the band’s signature energetic mix of Americana, Manchester baggy and soulful vocals.  Named ‘Hit The Light’ after the big theme of the album: coming…

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Q&A with ‘COLOUR’

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‘Colour’ was last weeks FOTF Record of the Week so this week we caught up with the lads to see what they had to say… When did you form as a band and what inspired you to make music together? “We formed in early 2013. In the early days we banded around a few prewritten songs and the idea that we wanted to be a big band that people could get behind. We were fundamentally into the same type of music and that’s just got more and more true since then.” Can you briefly describe your music-making process? “Songs start…

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Richard Ashcroft, O2 Arena, London

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The former Verve frontman thrills under the Docklands big top with material new and old. An awful lot of bad things have happened this year. Richard Ashcroft’s ‘These People’ album and the subsequent tour promoting it were not either of those things. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t own a single recorded work by Richard Ashcroft; either as a solo artist or from when he was fronting The Verve. This wasn’t a problem on Friday night at The O2. His highly regarded new album has been play-listed by right-thinking radio stations across the country and the finest cuts…

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Glass Mountain ‘Glacial’

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Released earlier this year, Glass Mountain’s “Glacial” is a mesmerising masterpiece. A heartbreaking ode to unrequited love, the band’s first single and accompanying video have taken the UK music scene by storm. Bradford-born and bred Glass Mountain have caused quite a little stir since appearing on the scene just earlier this year. Their debut EP “Glacial” is a critically acclaimed compilation of five very refined tracks – testament to the fact that Glass Mountain was formed “from the broken ashes of several other bands”, as they so aptly put it themselves. Their first single “Glacial” stands out especially, and is accompanied by…

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Black Grape, The Electric Ballroom, Camden

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Black Grape descend on iconic Camden venue to continue the 21st anniversary celebration of ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’. The Electric Ballroom swung to memorable beats as Shaun Ryder, Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge and the 2015 reboot of Black Grape re-ignited the flame that shone all-too briefly in the mid-nineties. One thing’s for sure; Black Grape fans might like their music, but they obviously like the pub in at least equal measure. Twenty minutes before the band were due to start, an agoraphobic would still have felt a bit twitchy amid the open space on the floor of the ballroom.…

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Super Fury Animals, The O2 Bristol

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The Welsh band Super Furry Animals were the closest Britpop came to the adventuring spirit of the Beatles/pink flyod. Their indie rock, psychedelic pop, dance, country, glam and space-folk mashup was as pioneering as their aesthetic was madcap – they sang witty songs about unicorns and alien abductions, toured festivals in an army tank, filled stages with milk floats and yetis! I never forget seeing them at Glastonbury festival back in 1998 it was a great set and when they sung the song ” the man doesn’t give a fuck” a man came out of know where on top of…

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Ocean Colour Scene Big News Announcement

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If Ocean Colour Scene announced that some big news was to be issued at 20:00 tonight…. What would you most like the news to be? Ocean colour Scene Play Manchester O2 Apollo tonight (Thursday 8th Dec) Flick of the Finger will be there to catch all the action. Check back soon for the full set of images and review. If you didn’t catch the review form Leeds with Shed Seven & The Bluetones have a read here See you all at tonights gig!

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The Greasy Slicks 'Manipulator'

Album Review: The Greasy Slicks

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Many young bands manage to put on powerful and engaging live shows in front of small but loyal fan bases, yet when it comes to recording and releasing that first batch of songs, this is the real litmus test to show ones quality and metal. The Greasy Slicks can be proud of their melody-rich mature sounds which, despite their youthful appearance, packs an abundance of experience and energy into the record. The album manages to capture all of their raw vigour. Yes, it is indeed a good début album. The album opens up with ‘Hawks’, a raw and almost visceral…

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Andy Bennett Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’

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Andy Bennett releases his first solo album, Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’, since his decision to leave Ocean Colour Scene behind in 2015, consisting of a collection of ten new songs with glorious threads of The Beatles throughout. ‘Hole in the Road’ opens up the album, which is an infectious, tantalising ballad-like slice of musical and lyrical poetry. It basks in warmth and sincerity, while the strings add an idyllic fullness. If released by a well-known established act then this would be a huge sing-along anthem in packed arenas up and down the country. ‘Drift Away’ delivers a floating, aching melody that…

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The Maccabees ‘The Farewell Shows” As They Call It A Day

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The Maccabees play live for the last time: The Farewell Shows Two Nights At Alexandra Palace And One At Manchester O2 Apollo Announced For June/July Last August The Maccabees split, much to the dismay of the musical community. This followed a brilliant 12 month period where the band scaled new heights; headlining Latitude Festival and getting their first number one album with the acclaimed ‘Marks To Prove It’. Now we have the chance to bid this much loved band a proper farewell with two must see nights at London’s Alexandra Palace and one show at the Manchester Apollo next summer. Without…

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Flare Audio ‘Isolate’ Ear Protection Review

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Hearing is a beautiful thing; allowing us to communicate, socialise, alerting us to trouble, work more effectively and listen to music. My career as a music photographer puts me at substantial risk of noise-induced hearing loss.  With music being such an integral part of my life, it’s important that I find adequate hearing protection, shielding me from damage without ruining the enjoyment of listening. Flare Audio have released Isolate, a new form of earplugs that come in two versions, Aluminium and Titanium, with the latter said to be “revolutionary solid titanium micro earplugs that isolate you from noise like never…

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Planet Rock Roadstars tour, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow

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The tour started back in November at Southampton and has taken in 16 dates around the country It’s been a showcase for up and coming new blues rock acts, Simo from Tenesee, Aaron Keylock from Oxfordshire and Stockport’s, Federal Charm. The idea of this tour is that each act has a 45 minute slot and they rotate each night. I am covering three shows so that I catch each act headlining. First up was Sheffield and a new venue to me, Greystones. Opening act this time around is Federal Charm who comprise of Nick Bowden, guitars and vocals, Paul Bowe, guitars,…

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Bullet For My Valentine, Academy, Manchester

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Triple Metal Bill wit support from Killswitch Engage & Cane Road Tonight Manchester Academy is hosting three bands all of whom fit in or around the heavy metal, metalcore and nu-metal genre. The popularity of this genre is evident from the fact that all three bands are playing two nights at the venue with both dates being completely sold out. First up are relative newcomers Cane Hill from Louisianna deep in the American south. Although not a particularly big name in the heavy metal world they still drag a fair crowd away from the bars in the early evening. Next up…

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Biffy Clyro, Manchester Arena

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“Mon the Biff, Mon the Biff, Mon the Biff” was the chant from the crowd that Heralded Biffy Clyro onto the stage at a Packed Manchester Arena. Originating in “Killie” as Kilmarnock is affectionately known, and possibly Scotland’s finest export. Biffy Clyro, have forged a relentless hard driven path to bring the Ellipsis tour to Manchester Arena. Biffy Clyro Manchester Arena The Mood was set by tonight’s support Band Based in Long Island NY, Brand New. Brought the right edge and visual diversity and hard edge rock to the fore, judging by the amount of crowd participation, this was a…

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Stone Roses to Play Leeds Reading

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Mysterious Lemon posted put across Leeds & Reading… As usual the mystery continues with the Roses as Lemons appear across both cities – could this mean that the roses play at next years festivals…? We’re  pretty sure it will lead to something along those lines following recent Roses events – but only time will tell for now. Read the Roses review from the Etihad shows this here here The roses are already set to play: Wembley Stadium, London – Get Tickets Saturday, 17 Jun 2017at 5:00 PM Hampden Park, Glasgow – Get Tickets Saturday, 24 Jun 2017at 5:00 PM There has been talk and…

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Record of the week: Colour ‘Slow’

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Average bands sound like their heroes, good bands sound like other good bands and great bands sound like themselves. “Colour” are a great band.  Having burst on the scene last year with singles ‘Strangers’, ‘Nowhere’ and last month’s ‘KAFÉ’ EP, championed by BBC Introducing, Clash, Shortlist and The Daily Mirror amongst others, they are set to release their brand new EP ‘The Famous Boy Making Things’ in February 2017.  THE FAMOUS BOY MAKING THINGS EP RELEASED 24TH FEB 2017 The EP was produced by Dan Swift (Kasabian, Snow Patrol) and was recorded at the band’s own Canvas Sound Studio on the northwest…

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