Emotional Response Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records

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Neutrals
Kebab Disco

Nice to see the return of Emotional Response after a bit of a break. Their latest slab o' wax is by Neutrals who, although they reside in Bay Area San Francisco, have a Scottish singer in Allan McNaughton. He reminisces about his upbringing on a song suite which combines art-punk, '70s power-pop and '80s indie-pop influences. 
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Mick Trouble
Here’s The Mick Trouble LP

Mick Trouble - a nearly man of post punk pop. A contemporary of Swell Maps and Television Personalities, if everything stayed on track he would have enjoyed the kind of success and acclaim given to Elvis Costello. That, unfortunately, is not not what happened. He disappeared before he was supposed to record a session for John Peel thus ending a promising career. The original tape for Here’s The Mick Trouble LP - lost since 1980 - was found in a cookie jar in Trouble’s basement. Emotional Response have pressed it on to wax at last.
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Various
Positive Times Infinity (An Emotional Response Compilation)

Released on clear and pink-spattered vinyl for RSD20, Positive Times Infinity (An Emotional Response Compilation) sees the Emotional Response label offer up two exclusive new tracks each by seven of the bands currently associated with them, including Mick Trouble, The Ocean Party, Boyracer and Seablite. 
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The Fear Merchants
Mental

A limited edition re-issue of Mental, 1983’s incredible studio album by the short-lived The Fear Merchants, on yellow vinyl. Previously only released as a cassette on the It’s War, Boys label and now therefore incredibly rare, Mental is a fascinating time-piece of North London’s squat/DIY scene. 
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Unhappy Fly
Unhappy Fly

Unhappy Fly is an intriguing new project from Richard Dudanski (one-time PiL drummer circa-Metal Box) and long-time collaborator Xentos Fray Bentos working with singer/radio artist Sarah Washington and saxophonist John Glyn. Four years in the making and recorded in various locations in Spain and the UK, Unhappy Fly sees each member call on a career’s worth of experience to make a weird masterpiece. 

Various
Typical Girls Volume Five

The Typical Girls series of compilations reaches number five with the latest batch of female fronted punk and indie bands from around the globe. No real household names here (Vital Idles excepted maybe) but that's part of the fun as you delve in and discover the joys of the likes of Table Sugar, Slag Queens and Kamala and the Karnivores. 
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Seablite
Grass Stains and Novocaine

The front cover of Grass Stains and Novocaine by San Francisco’s Seablite instantly conjures up images album covers by ‘90s shoegaze / indie-pop bands. To listen to them, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were a '90s indie pop / shoegaze band. If that’s your kinda thing, then you’ll love this. 
  • Vinyl LP (ER92LP)
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Eleventh Hour Adventists
Eleventh Hour Adventists

Jasmine Pender AKA Rotten Bliss and Jowe Head (Swell Maps, Television Personalities) have joined forces to form Eleventh Hour Adventists. Their music is informed by the likes of Einsturzende Neubaten - the pair met at one of the German experimental band’s gigs. Their eponymous debut LP is a mix of sleazy punk, psychedelic folk and ambient drone sounds.
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Isotope Soap
Monitored by Zu Tse

Emotional Response round up all the releases to date from young Swedish geniuses Isotope Soap on one grey-coloured vinyl album. Monitored By Zu Tse includes the band’s debut mini-LP, on top of two 7” EPs that are only available in their native country, to make for a fascinating 17-track document. 
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Helene Barbier
Have You Met Elliot?

Have You Met Elliot? Is the debut album from French-Candian musician Helene Barbier. The music takes its cues from the classic post punk of The Raincoats and French post-punk / no wave singer Lizzy Mercier Descloux. The songs are melodic yet fractured and angular and rather good. On Emotional Response.
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Seablite
High-Rise Mannequins

Having finished 2019 on a high with the critical adoration dished out to debut album Grass Stains and Novocaine, Seablite kick off the new decade with this 10” vinyl EP to capitalise. Housing five new tracks, spearheaded by its title track, High-Rise Mannequins sees the San Franciscans double down on their fuzzy indie-pop. 
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No Monster Club
Where Did You Get That Milkshake

No Monster Club is the project of the prolific Dublin-based producer Bobby Aherne. Having already released a dozen albums, Aherne's style is a tongue-in-cheek take on pop music, mocking a lot of contemporary pop while being compared to "a stripped-down sugar high Pet Sounds". 'Where Did You Get That Milkshake' is the band's first 7" with contributions from other Dublin contemporaries (the album features a member of indie pop band Ginnels, and the artwork is by the drummer from Squarehead), proving that Dublin's music scene is just as incestuous as Leeds'. The results are a bunch of instantly catchy, off-kilter pop gems. 
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Possum Moods
Northern Times

Possum Moods are an Australian/US indie supergroup and purveyors of sweet DIY pop. They feature Mia Schoen from Sleepy Township and a number of other well-loved Australian Bands, with Harriet and Phoebe from Australian no wave group Olsen Twins and Jen and Stew from Boyracer. The latter pair, a married couple, just happen to run the label Emotional Response, too. Northern Times. This is their third full-length LP and they’ve even used a quote from a Norman Records review in the press release. Limited edition LP of 150 copies on Emotional Response.
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Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries
Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries

Riotous queer-core and vibrant punk pop from San Franciscan five piece Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries who play dayglo riot-grrl inspired pop with serious messages about gender and body image. Fans of the B52s, the Gravy Train and Le Tigre should be taking careful notes.    

The Ocean Party
The Oddfellows’ Hall

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Various
Typical Girls Volume Four

Emotional Response has had great success so far with their girls-to-the-front compilation series Typical Girls, so much so that they have been deluged with a wealth of the highest grade material from punks and post-punks and now have enough material for two more editions! Wasting no time, they are consequently releasing volumes 3 and 4 simultaneously! Volume 4 features cool artists like The Primitives, Cruel Summer and No Love.
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Even As We Speak, Boyracer, Action Painting!, Secret Shine
Four Band Compilation (Ex-Sarah Records Bands)

Just in time for the Sarah Records package tour of summer 2018 is this four band compilation featuring all the bands involved in the live extravaganza. Boyracer, Even As We Speak, Action Painting and Secret Shine all contribute a couple of new or unreleased tracks each. Now 'scuse me while I find my anorak.   
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Sleaford Mods
A Little Ditty / I'm Shit At It

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Boyracer
Fling Yr Bonnet Over The Windmill (The Sarah Singles)

Boyracer have released many records over the years but some of the best things occurred when they were signed to Sarah Records. Always an odd fit with the label's more poetic stance, Boyracer were always a punk band if a romantic one. This collection compiles the three singles they recorded for Sarah in the early '90s.  
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Action Painting!
Trial Cuts (1989-95)

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Even As We Speak
Feral Pop Frenzy

Hang on  - that's not the original sleeve. Where did that wolf come from? (it's a Dingo) Anyway wolf or no wolf (Dingo?) this is a great album. Even As We Speak were the brightest and shiniest Sarah records band. As if the Go Betweens thought ah fuck it let's become Saint Etienne and made an album of technicolour pop. Essential re-issue on Emotional Response.  
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Various
The Amazing Singing Record

The Amazing Singing Record contains eight up-and-coming artists from Arizona. Each act contributes two songs. From the wonky country of Gene Tripp, the soothing analogue pop of Electrsad, lof-fi beauty of Amatuer Hour, The throat-ripping anthems of Cereal Milk, the overdriven riotous energy of The English Teeth, the reverb-drenched pop of Diners, the melodic indie of Nanami Ozone to the emotional indie-rock of Lil Bobby Jr. this will be of great interest to fans of US indie rock. Limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs on Emotional Response.
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Various
Typical Girls Volume Three

Emotional Response has had great success so far with their girls-to-the-front compilation series Typical Girls, so much so that they have been deluged with a wealth of the highest grade material from punks and post-punks and now have enough material for two more editions! Wasting no time, they are consequently releasing volumes 3 and 4 simultaneously! Volume 3 features ace artists like Rata Negra, Sick Bags and Karen Meat.
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Karen Meat
You’re An Ugly Person

Built on a foundation of mid-fi girl group inspired songs, Karen Meat, AKA Iowa resident, Arin Eaton released her first recordings, She’s Drunk Like The Rest Of Us, as a cassette in 2016. With her debut album You’re An Ugly Person, she keeps her mid-fi aesthetic, but the girl group sound is replaced by a kind of deadpan funky pop. LP on Emotional Response.
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Blues Lawyer
Guess Work

Blues Lawyer weren’t supposed to last long, two shows in fact, but they decided to keep going. Founding members Rob I. Miller and Eylse Schrock met in a record store and realising they shared a fondness for Flying Nun bands such as The Clean and The Bats, started a band. Guess Work is their debut album, combining the punk and pop of The Vaselines, Television Personalities and Wire. LP on Emotional Response.
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The Just Measurers
Flagellation

There was only ever 300 copies of Flagellation, the one and only LP by The Just Measurers, pressed back in 1983, so it’s no wonder that this really weird DIY punk record has recently been changing hands for the best part of 500 notes. Emotional Response saw fit to reissue the LP, so now you can grab a copy without breaking the bank...and you should, too.
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Robert Storey
Come Up And Hear My Etchings

Compilation of songs from underground London musician Robert Storey. Includes tracks released between 1986 and 2016 as Orchestre Murphy, Nobodies, and more. His handle on harmony and vocal delivery recall some of Scott Walker's tamer moments as a solo artist. Catchy without losing any complexity.
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Various
Typical Girls Volume Two

WIth a quote from The Slits proudly raised as a banner over the whole thing, Emotional Response present the second volume of their Typical Girls compilation series of ass-kicking punk / pop-punk bands. This set features bands from all over the Western world (including Black Abba, Skinny Girl Diet and Midnight Snaxxx), none of whom are taking any shit.

The Debutantes
Adams Apples / Kids

Taken from their critically acclaimed cassette EP, ‘Adams Apples/Kids’ is the latest 7” release from Irish, sun-soaked, indie slacker pop band The Debutantes. Featuring Leon Butler on guitar and vocals, Paula Cullen (The September Girls) on bass and vocals and Sarah Grimes (also of The September Girls) on drums, playing heartbreaking pop through a dreamy wash of layered noise, fuzzy vocals and strummed out guitars.

Terry Malts / Kids On A Crime Spree
Our Love

Split 10” release with two tracks apiece from Terry Malts and Kids On A Crime Spree, both making lovely fuzzed-up indie-pop on the West Coast of the USA. Our Love’s four tunes are punchy, sparky and buzzy, all with solid pop melodies running through the middle. 10” on the Emotional Response label.
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Even As We Speak
The Black Forest

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Seafang
Solid Gold

More indie pop from the ever busy Emotional Response. What we have hear are two fuzzy and catchy slabs of old school indie with nods towards the Darling Buds and Shop Assistants as well as a healthy dose of shoegaze blur. It is full of vigour and fun and the lead guitar is very busy indeed twirling all over place.  

Wanda Junes
Hi Fi Record Album

Wanda Junes are a group who are, quite firmly, from rural America. They take the relatively traditional forms of US folk / country, and marry them with touch of lo-fi indie thinking. The sardonically-titled Hi Fi Record Album is sometimes quiet and thoughtful, sometimes hollerin’ and hootin’, but always worth hearing. On Emotional Response.
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Bad Daddies
Over 30 Singles

Over 30 Singles is an anthology charting the career of this here punk band Bad Daddies, aka B.D. Included on this compilation are some of their ultra-limited 7” singles and cassette releases. If Bikini Kill, The Urinals, Melt Banana or The Bags are your thing then you should probably check this out.
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Razz
Time Frames

Razz are led by ex-Pets guitarist Dan Wood whose guitar and songwriting skills revive a classic new wave sound making it relevant for today. Backed up by members of Reptoids, Talkies and Sob Stories, Time Frames is blistering rock record with memorable melodies, 'ooo-ooos' all in the right places and a cracking debut. On Emotional Response.
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Sob Stories
Debut 12-inch

Taking their cues from the joyous jangle of ‘80s guitar bands, Sob Stories' aptly titled Debut 12-Inch sees the Bay Area band whizz through guitar pop without leaving you time to get bored. The band are led by Joel Cusumano, previously of power-pop band Talkies, so his melodic credentials all check out. 12” EP on Emotional Response.
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Andy Human & The Reptoids
Kill The Comma

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Even As We Speak
Yellow Food: The Peel Sessions

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Sparrow People
I Thought Of You / Baby Foxes

Sweet and winsome Australian pop from people who were one in the rather great Minimum Chips. It sounds rather similar to those marvellous purveyors of strum 'n' sing the Cannanes in that everything sounds like people picking up instruments for the first time. It's naivety though is what gives it it's charm.  

Mick Trouble
It’s The Mick Trouble EP

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Natterers
Toxic Care

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UV-TV
Go Away EP

Florida punx UV-TV turned heads with their debut LP Glass earlier this year. A short five months later and they’ll be dropping this EP on Emotional Response (City Yelps, Sleaford Mods). The three-piece tear through two new bits and cover tracks by The Primitives and Screaming Sneakers with bratty exuberance.

Pregnancy
Urgency

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Hulaboy / The Safe Distance
Split

Here's one of those good old fashioned split albums and both sides feature former Boyracer and current Emotional Response honcho Sir Stewart Anderson. Hulaboy is his long running collaboration with Eric Stoess of Hulahoop and they make bittersweet pop with nods towards Postcard and Flying Nun. Over on the flip is the Safe Distance, a band he formed with Simon 'Crayola' Williams of Sarandon, Crayola etc. They make scratty 80s indie with Bogshed/the Ron Johnson roster as influences.  
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Crayola Summer
I Know Who We Are

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Suss Cunts
5 Song EP

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Florence Raynaud
Singes

Florence Raynaud, the frontwoman of Croque Madame, here presents her first solo release, a 7” single. Singes is centred around Raynaud’s highly characterful French language vocals, with a cluster of strings and piano and bouncy pop rhythm section around her. A very strong debut. 7” single on Emotional Response.
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The Ocean Party
Beauty Point

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Lögnhalsmottagningen
Äntligen en ny EP med Lögnhalsmottagningen!

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Father
Pop Chops

27 song compilation of Stoke On Trent's answer to Guided By Voices. During the '90s Father released a slew of remarkable lo-fi albums where beneath tape recorder hiss lay unbelievable brilliant compositions referencing Pavement, early Hood and of course GBV. The best bits have now been collected on this jam packed compilation.   
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The English Teeth
The English Teeth

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Bent
Mattress Springs

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Bent
Snakes and Shapes

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Broadway
Debut

“Der-ner-ner-ner, der-ner-neeeer, on broadwayyyyy”. Those coming here for rousing soul cuts ala The Drifters will leave empty handed. However, there is a soul of sorts to what Broadway do, if you can trace that path down to The Fall and Sleaford Mods. Much like the latter, many a track here fuses cheap Casio drum loops with laconic half-ranted vocals. Two thirds of the band are the much-vaunted Aussies Art Rush and David Nichols.
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Croque Madame
Croque Madame

Croque Madame is a coming-together of some very individual creative minds: Dave Perlis, Rob Storey and Florence Raynaud. The French vocals of Raynaud lend an irresistible glamour and breezy sleekness to the project, and this debut album has the feel of an instant alt-pop classic. Out on Emotional Response.
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Various
Typical Girls

Typical Girls takes its title from a lyrics of song by The Slits, and it showcases an array of modern female-fronted bands who’ve taken up their might fem-rock mantle. Awesome punks from around the world are here, including Rakta, The Splits, Slum Of Legs and Shopping. Released on Emotional Response.

Various
F*Ckin’ Ziggurat

Fancy zine / book assembled by Emotional Response, featuring deep interviews with lots of cool bands from around the world, including No Monster Club, Primitive Calculators and Quaaludes. And the 70 beautifully-bound pages are accompanied by 17 songs on an accompanying CD, so you can read about and hear the bands at the same time. F*ckin’ Ziggurat!

City Yelps
The City Yelps Half Hour

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Shark Toys / UV-TV
Split

This split single on the Emotional Response label gives you 2 tracks apiece from Florida’s UV-TV (appearing on vinyl for the first time) and LA’s Shark Toys. Bold and loud indie-pop that’ll put a spring in your step. And the coloured vinyl comes with a download code that includes one more song from each!
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Tangible Excitement! / Ginnels
Split

Here’s a split between Irish group Ginnels and excellently-named new band Tangible Excitement! (the exclamation mark is part of the name). Fizzy, energised indie-pop from both sets of players: Ginnels just about have the edge on jangle though. Pressed to various different colours of vinyl: which one you get will be a surprise… On Emotional Response.
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Primitive Calculators
I’m Fucked / Bad

Primitive Calculators took more-or-less 3 decades off between their early work and their later, Nick Cave-prompted return: now they have some brand new music for us to hear. I’m Fucked / Bad is a pair of strong, Suicide-via-Australia vibed synth-pop, pressed to coloured vinyl by Emotional Response.
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Linton and Stewart / The Aislers Set
Split

A V Linton is a legend of underground indie pop.  The Aislers Set were a much loved band as we all know but even further back there was amazing work in the 90’s with Henry’s Dress, but the last release from The Aislers Set was in 2003, making this an exciting return. On the A-side, Linton is helped out by Stewart (of Boyracer), which means two tracks of melodic underground fun! 500 coloured vinyl copies on Emotional Response.

Enemy Anemone / Cougar Vox
Split

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Various (The Safe Distance, The Declining Winter etc)
A Tribute to Crabstick

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The Safe Distance
Do Some More Songs

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Hard Left / Bad Daddies
Split

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Boyracer
Pete Shelley EP

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Victorian Slang
Victorian Slang

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Kate's Bush
3 Song Flexi

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Boyracer / American Culture
Split EP

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Hulaboy
Exes and Enemies

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The Cannanes
Hit The Wall EP

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The Safe Distance
Songs EP

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Kickback$ / Shindaggers
Split EP

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Cheap Red
Butterfly EP

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Thee Headless Kings
The Untimely Death Of... EP

Garage-indie-soul-doo-wop-fun from the Emotional Response stable. A rollicking heart-on-sleeve kaleidoscope of 50s styledrock and roll and and 60s soul icons, (think Booker T, Al Green), coupled with a healthy dose of garage punk, filtered through the off kilter singular vision of frontman Justin Burch, (Soft Paws/Inspaceno!). Also stars Stewart and Jen (Boyracer). You get a 4 song 7 inch EP, limited to 100 colour vinyl copies, with full colour insert and 11 song full length download.
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Various
Box of Tricks

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The Cannanes
Hit The Wall

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Lögnhalsmottagningen / Bad Daddies
Split

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Kate's Bush
Kate's Bush

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Luke Wyatt
Teen Hawk

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