Pulse1_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:27 PM Page 1 ARTISTIC DERMAGRAPHICS: CLOSING IN ON 40 YEARS Volume 3, Issue 3. July 2013 FREE jason newsted’s M heavy Metalthunder M 9 GIGANTOUR HITS YOUNGSTOWN , LIVE! AT THE MORLE Y CROWD DETERRENT & SUMMER OF HATE, THE DIRECTIONALS, RECORD REVIEWS, CALENDAR & MORE! Pulse2_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:28 PM Page 1 Pulse3_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:29 PM Page 1 ABOUT YOUNGSTOWN PULSE Youngstown Pulse Magazine has had two separate runs from 2003-05 and again from 2009-2012 spanning 20+ issues and featuring cover stories/in- terviews with Tracy Morgan, Eddie Money, Danko Jones, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bret Michaels, Glen Matlock, Clutch, Electric Frankenstein, Ron Jeremy, Kevin DuBrow, Joey T Belladonna, Michael Ruffino, Bible of the Devil, Nashville Pussy, Reverend Horton Heat, Blaze Bayley and he idea that heavy metal is a genre often looked down upon among the many more. mainstream doesn’t really seem to apply these days. Sure, there are still plenty of everyday people who wouldn’t be able to tell the difference be- tween Metallica and Social Distortion — it’s all just noise to them — but that’s ABOUT B.J. LISKO kind of like asking your grandmother to discern the difference when she’s only Pulse editor B.J. Lisko is a 33-time ever really listed to Paul Anka and Rosemary Clooney. Associated Press award winner for writ- INSIDE It doesn’t really apply anymore. ing and graphic design in the state of Metal was the outcast music for a good many years, but its acceptance Ohio. He is a three-time Ohio Sports among people of all ages, backgrounds and creeds certainly seems to be at an Metal thrashing mad 4 all-time high. Writer of the Year and a four-time Ohio Jason Newsted flies the heavy metal AC/DC can be heard on “light rock” stations these days. And even bands like Sports Columnist of the Year — awards flag in Youngstown Motorhead suddenly have a hipness factor among far more people than in he received in his eight-year stint as years past. sports editor of the Salem News in Programs like “That Metal Show” and the ever-increasing popularity of the Salem, Ohio. rock-documentary scene (Anvil, Lemmy, Foo Fighters, etc …) have turned new This is 40 6 Artistic Dermagraphics closes in on Lisko has also been widely prominent people onto the genre. These docs tend to show that aside from the music and 40 years of tattooing in some cases the lifestyle, like anyone else there’s real emotion and real peo- in the Youngstown local music scene as ple behind what was once thought of only as an aggressive platform for out- well not only as a writer but as a casts. player in Turbo Lovers, Hellvis, When Metallica suddenly went huge with the “Black Album” there was White Cadillac and more. Everybody bleeds 8 Youngstown hardcore kings plenty of backlash among the metal community. But some two decades later To reach him e-mail Crowd Deterrent go worldwide Metallica is accepted in the same sentence acts like Pink, Arcade Fire and Nelly. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at the diversity of music on firstname.lastname@example.org someone’s phone, iPod or computer sometime. Welcome to Y-town 9 While die hards might have the same sort of reaction as they did when their ADVERTISING RATES A spotlight on Milwaukee garage underground bands exploded into modern pop culture, ultimately the more ac- Full page - $300 (one month) rockers The Directionals cepting people become of all genres, metal included, the better it is for every- $250 (multiple months) one. Half page - $225 (one month) Don’t get me wrong, you’re not going to have your mother listening to Slayer A step further 11 anytime soon — unless she’s the coolest mother in the world or perhaps the $200 (multiple months) Mill Creek MetroParks’ Live! at the most bizarre — but the barriers and the preconceived notions are falling fast. Quarter page - $150 (one month) $125 Morley increases scope Jason Newsted graces our cover this month, arguably the biggest musician (multiple months) to ever appear in these pages. Newsted is a perfect example of diversity in Eighth page - $100 (one month) music. As the ex-bass player of perhaps heavy metal and hard rock’s biggest $75 (multiple months) band on the planet, he also is rather eclectic in his musical tastes even though Large Business card size ads Album reviews 12 The Zou, Turbo Lovers, Thunder Vest, he has finally returned to the full foray of head banging. Just look at some of his other projects. Echobrain was the band he left $50 per month. Knife the Symphony, Swear Jar Metallica to ultimately do — a wildly pop rock experiment. He’s done produc- Regular Business card size ads tion work on heavier acts (Speedealer), done a bar-band rock ‘n’ roll side proj- $35 per month. Fly on the Wall 13 ect (Papa Wheelie) and also played with Ozzy and Voivod. E-mail email@example.com for News and notes from the Mahoning He’s also one of the most soft spoken, cool guys in all of the music business. specific ad dimensions. Valley scenes. And it’s how a lot of metal artists and fans are, have always been, and will con- tinue to be. Limited color So I suppose now we all can throw the goats, bang our heads, tip a few back positions available. Area events 16 and let loose. Metal up all of our asses apparently. July, early August event highlights ON THE COVER Newsted pic by Fran Strine Sports 19 The return of “Covering the Spread” — LeBron, smooth talkers and the Pittsburgh Pirates B.J. Lisko Editor in Chief facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine - 3 Pulse4_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:32 PM Page 1 MUSIC WORDS: B.J. LISKO METAL THRASHING MAD I JASON NEWSTED RETURNS WITH ‘METAL’ EP, FULL LENGTH, Y-TOWN APPEARANCE n December of 2011, legendary and commercial praise, and for Metal- rockers Metallica celebrated the cul- lica fans it marked Newsted’s signifi- The Best of Newsted mination of 30 years as metal’s fore- cant return to all things heavy. fathers with a week’s worth of show in “I’m bringing it back to the old Pulse editor B.J. Lisko rates the top 5 songs bassist Jason New- San Francisco. school,” Newsted said. “It’s the real sted has been a part of. The event was billed a tribute to their deal. That’s all I want it to be. I want to fans and all those who inspired and/or make sure everyone realizes the purity 5. SONG: Hatred Aside. BAND: Sepultura helped the band along the way. of it.” Newsted’s real first foray outside of Metallica was playing guitar Guests included King Diamond, After a series of club dates in Amer- and handling vocal duties on this brutally heavy and fast Sepul- Danzig, Dave Mustaine, Anthrax, Ar- ica, Newsted spent June touring in Eu- tura track in 1998. It was perhaps, the first glimpse of what mored Saint, Ozzy Osbourne, Lou Reed rope. He’ll spend the rest of his summer and Gary Rossington to name just a on the Gigantour before the band re- Newsted’s solo voice would sound like fronting a heavy outfit few. leases it’s full-length debut “Heavy and it certainly proved he was more than capable of the task. But perhaps the biggest “guest” of all Metal Music” Aug. 6. 4. SONG: King of the Underdogs. was much more than that. He was a for- “It’s been way overwhelming,” New- BAND: Newsted mer bandmate, and most importantly, a sted said of the response he’s received former brother-in-arms. from fans around the globe. “Just to see If there was ever any doubt Newsted was back full throttle into Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted the mass of people and to see how the metal fold, his “Metal” EP silenced any doubts. “King of the reconnected with his old band night happy everyone has been to see me Underdogs” is perhaps the best tune from Newsted’s re-emer- after night, and it proved to be the cata- again, there’s a humility in it, and it’s gence into all things heavy. lyst to launch a solo band, an EP and an wonderful.” album which the four-stringer will play Newsted hasn’t totally been absent in 3. SONG: We Carry On. BAND: Voivod in support of Wednesday, July 10 as the last decade. He first formed Echo- Newsted injected life into Canadian thrashers Voivod playing on two albums. “We Carry On” is an an- part of Megadeth’s Gigantour at Covelli brain, a much more pop-rock experi- themic thrash tune from the band’s self-titled 2003 release, and Newsted’s bass abilities shine the Centre downtown. ment than Metallica followers were record through. “That was my family,” Newsted said. used to. Soon he returned to the metal “It was such a priority to go to the 30th fold, however, producing and playing 2. SONG: Outlaw Torn. BAND: Metallica anniversary. I was saying all along I can with Canadian thrashers Voivod. He Off of the controversial “Load” album, “Outlaw Torn” is an eight-minute epic and perhaps one of the see the family I haven’t seen for 10 also twilighted with Ozzy Osbourne on band’s most underrated tracks. Newsted’s groove on the four string propels the entire opus. years. Feeling that intensity again, for a series of dates and was part of the re- 1. SONG: Enter Sandman. BAND: Metallica. real, I could sink my teeth into it. It was ality show Rock Star Supernova along- the catalyst that got me going to do the side drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist This is a no brainer. Not only is it Metallica’s biggest track ever, the “Black Album” also was the first “Metal” EP.” where Newsted really formed an identity as a bass player. Newsted’s EP received quick critical CONTINUED 4 4 - facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine Pulse5_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:33 PM Page 1 NEWSTED Continued from 4 Gilby Clarke. A series of shoulder surgeries, however, left Newsted sidelined for the better part of a few years when he took up painting. But metal, Newsted’s metal, espe- cially on stage, is where his heart has always been. “It’s been a very busy time, but everything is going well,” he said of his recent touring. “Each show has gotten bigger. To reconnect with fans that already existed and to per- form for new fans for the first time has been great. The avenue that never changes, even with social media and all that, is taking music to the people. One person, one show at a time. That’s never going to change. The live concert experience can never be replaced. We’re letting the music do the talking.” Newsted is also highly compli- mentary to his surrounding band mates, who he describes as “the best fucking band in the world.” Jesus Mendez Jr. formerly of The Napolean Blownaparts handles the drum duties; ex-Stained ax-man Mike Mushok and Jessie Farnsworth round out the four- piece on guitars. Newsted says with two ex-Metal- lica members on the same bill at Gi- gantour, there’s a chance he and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine may bust out a classic Metallica track or two. “It’s been talked about,” he said. “I’m willing to throw down what- ever he calls out.” He now only fondly remembers his time with his ex-band — a senti- ment that wasn’t always the case, especially as seen in the Metallica film “Some Kind of Monster” where the bassist criticized his former mates for not being able to sit down in a room together to hash things out without a therapist. But Newsted says that is all firmly in the past. “I wish I would’ve known not to take shit personally,” he said. “That’d be the only thing I’d change about my time in Metalica. But in the 12 1/2 years since I left, Metal- lica continues to make their mark. James (Hetfield) is healthier than King of the underdogs he’s ever been. I’m in a great place, too.” “Now that i’m back in the thick of it, the fans will see I’m the same guy. The real deal. I always played, Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is back with a new EP, a full-length album on the way, and a supporting slot on Megadeth’s Gigantour. Newsted will appear at even all the way back to (my days Covelli Centre in Youngstown July 10. with) Flotsam and Jetsam, like it’s my last show and I’ll never get to play again. The fans can always rely on my performance. I don’t think I have to prove myself, but I do have to reaffirm myself.” “The monster is on stage again and screaming out loud.” Catch Newsted on Gigantour July 10 at Covelli Centre down- town. And for more information visit his website at newsted- heavymetal.com. facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine - 5 Pulse6_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:34 PM Page 1 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT THIS IS Artistic Dermagraphics closes in on 40 years of tattooing in the Mahoning Valley 1974 WORDS: GARY ANGELO Contributing Writer 4BOARDMAN brought up my kids in the tat- too studio. Everyone at the shop has their own style. My style is more traditional. Drake, out of the whole group, does a lot of skin drawing. All of us have our own style, but it is similar,” Debbie said. A tattoo shop run by a family does indeed sound like a good was a remarkable year. It was idea for a reality show. Tattoo the point where the early 70s artists deal with all kinds of unfolded into the mid. customers and hear their life Great movies like the James stories as well. Debbie said that Bond flick “The Man With The before the show “Miami Ink” Golden Gun” came out and di- came out, the Lenz family was rector Tobe Hooper’s master- approached by Powder House piece “The Texas Chainsaw Productions, a Somerville, Massacre” taught the bell-bot- Mass. company, about a reality tomed youth the importance of show on Lenz’s Artistic Dermo- not giving a strangers a lift. graphics. Captain Beefheart & The “I turned it down for per- Magic Band released, “Uncon- sonal reasons,” she said. “I am ditionally Guaranteed,” and the a mother of two of the artists at iconic New York City band our shop, Drake and also Jack, Televison played its first con- and I run the business. They cert appearance at the Town- wanted to see how my life was, house Theater. It was also the and I felt that it was too much year Gerald Ford was elected overplay. I have tattooed at President of The United States. Poland resident Dustin Bach, left, is shown getting a cover by Artistic Dermagraphics owner Debbie Lenz. “I started getting tat- conventions and they will film And one Youngstown family you, but they do not ask per- was just beginning its near 40- tooed at Lenz’s Artistic Dermagraphics in March. A friend of mine recommended them to me. I have been nothing but happy sonal questions. It was great to year tattoo dynasty. since and I have to keep coming back,” Bach said. (Youngstown Pulse/Gary Angelo) be offered that, but at the same John Lenz started a local time, I don’t have any regrets,” cultural phenomenon that be- We then moved to Boardman wards everyone was asking him were getting tattooed and were Debbie said. came the biggest name in local in 1989 in a building that used about the concert. Some girl making enough money to get Today Debbie runs the shop and area tattooing. to be an old motel. I remember had her head down at the bar inked. Meanwhile, John and the business feels like fam- Lenz’s Artistic Dermagraph- we were tattooing a client and and suddenly raised her head needed extra help at the shop, ily. ics originally began as Lenz’s he said to us, ‘I think I spent up and asked John, ‘Are you J. as he was garnering more busi- “I have seven kids and three Tattoo Studio. The original stu- my honeymoon here.’ Then in Geils?’ I wasn’t into tattooing ness and popularity in the area. out of seven work here,” she dio was located on Parkview 1998, we moved to our current until I met John. I started At the time, he was the only said. I am the mom and the Avenue on Youngstown’s South location.” working with him in 1978. I artist working at the shop. It boss and my favorite daughter Side. Debbie said John always was drawing designs and talk- was then Debbie’s job to step and co-worker, Roxana works Current owner Debbie Lenz loved tattooing and he retired ing to people. I started tattoo- up to the plate with her artistic here, too.” talked about the shop’s rich in 1996 because he suffered ing in the early 80s.” skill. Drake and Jack have been history. from a brain aneurysm. Debbie Debbie said that during the “In 1980, I tattooed my tattooing since 1999. “There were only 250 tattoo took the reins and ran the busi- 70s the majority of the tattoo brother,” she said. “It was hor- “It wasn’t what I thought I shops in the whole country in ness. customers at the time were bik- rible, and so I decided to put would do for a living when I 1974,” she said. “When John “John’s nickname was ‘J. ers, blue collar gentlemen, and tattooing down until after my was younger,” Drake said. “As I first opened the shop, he Geils,’” she said. “He went to a women who wanted to get son Drake was born. John said got older, I knew tattooing was started it on the south side on concert with some friends in small tattoos. She said that in that we needed to hire more something I would like to do. Parkview Avenue, and in 1981 1974 and they went to a local the 70s when the mills were people because it was getting we moved to the uptown area bar on Glenwood Ave. After- still going strong, mill workers really busy at the shop. I CONTINUED 4 and had a large shop up there. 6 - facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine Pulse7_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:34 PM Page 1 THIS IS 40 Continued from 6 “Today with tattoos, there is a lot more custom work, and people Everybody considers my tat- want more original and meaning- tooing style as new school with a lot of color and more ani- ful tattoos. In the early days it mated.” Jack on the other hand, said was more just picking a design he has a more traditional style of tattooing. For Jack, being a off the wall.” tattoo artist is a wonderful ex- perience, working in the family business and most importantly — Debbie Lenz getting to know customers well. Owner, Artistic Dermagraphics “I like to make my tattoos as clean as possible,” Jack said. gave Bach an intricate tribal “It’s definitely an experience tattoo. working and growing up in the “I started getting tattooed at business. It’s a part of our life. Artistic Dermagraphics in Sometimes we feel we are psy- March, and a friend of mine chiatrists, in a way. When you recommended their business to are tattooing someone, it’s a me. I have been nothing but personal thing because you are happy since, and I have to keep in their energy field. When it coming back,” Bach said. comes to tattooing, I do every- Artistic Dermagraphics also thing, but I like to do a tattoo houses piercer Lisa Rouse. In with a clean line, clean shading December of this year, it will and just a clean tattoo.” mark Rouse’s 15th year at the Debbie said that today tat- shop. To Rouse, working with toos are more accepted in the the Lenz family feels just like mainstream, and there is more that — family. variety and individuality when “My bosses are fantastic and it comes to designs. Leetonia resident Gary Kilgore gets tattooed by Jeremy Caughey, an artist at Lenz’s Artistic Dermagraphics. Caughey has I am working with family,” she “Today with tattoos, there is said. “When you work with worked at Lenz’s for 22 years and said during that time he has met a lot of interesting people. Kilgore is proud of the tattoo a lot more custom work, and family and friends, it’s not he is getting by Caughey. “I am getting a tattoo of my Scottish heritage and religion done,” Kilgore said. (Youngstown people want more original and work. Today, what is new now meaningful tattoos,” she said. Pulse/Gary Angelo) with piercing is microdermals. “In the early days, it was more Navals and noses are always just picking a design off of the popular. I will always do the wall.” triple 4 helix and I have been Drake said that he works doing a lot of those,” Rouse with customers of all walks of said. life. Every tattoo has a unique Both the industry and the story and a meaning behind it. shop have come a long way in Today it seems that tattoos are the past 39 years. more of an introspective state- “Today, the spectrum of tat- ment. Drake and Jack also toos has widened,” Debbie re- both said that tattoos can be a flected. “And people of all ages way for individuals to cope — 60s, 70s and even 80s — are with the death of a loved one. getting tattoos.” “We have had people who had family members and chil- Artistic Dermagraphics is dren who have died at a young located at 8254 Market St. in age who got tattoos done as a Boardman. To book an ap- memory of their lost loved pointment call 330-726-6677 ones,” Jack said. and for more information and Drake is currently working pictures of various tattoo work on a tattoo on Chris Vass, a done at the shop, visit the Youngstown firefighter. Vass’ shop’s Facebook page at face- mother, Diane Vass, passed book.com/artisticderma- away in 1997 and his tattoo was graphics. done in honor of her memory. Drake said that after 16 years, Vass still eels that heartfelt closeness. Got a business you would like to see At left is tattoo work done by Debbie “A lot of my tattoos are featured in Youngstown Pulse? painted in homage of my Lenz on Poland resident Dustin Bach. Nominate one by e-mailing mother,” Vass said. Above is piercing work done by Artistic Debbie’s client, Dustin Bach, firstname.lastname@example.org Dermagraphics piercer Lisa Rouse. a resident of Poland, was get- (Youngstown Pulse/Gary Angelo) ting a cover up done. Debbie facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine - 7 Pulse8_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:39 PM Page 1 Show of Supreme Force Crowd Deterrent founder “Samoan” Rob Bohn and the band perform in Germany on their recent European tour. The group has also toured Japan and for the seventh-straight year will put on the Summer of Hate fes- tival July 12-13 at Now That’s Class and The Grog Shop in Cleveland. The band will also perform at East Coast Tsunami fest in September alongside Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Cro Mags and many more in Reading, Pa. (Photo courtesy of kevienpictures/facebook.com/kevienpictures) YOUNGSTOWN HARDCORE KINGS CROWD DETERRENT GO WORLDWIDE Y WORDS: B.J. LISKO well respected,” Bohn said. “Anywhere around the world. many,” he said. “Shows to the people Pulse Editor In Chief I’ve been, Germany, Japan, Las Vegas, They also put out a compilation of there are a big deal. It’s like a reward al- people always ask me about Summer of unreleased tracks recorded from 2009- most. They’re excited about it. Here a OUNGSTOWN — One of Hate. It’s kind of a niche fest, but with 2012 titled “Show of Supreme Force.” lot of times people take shows for Youngstown’s most respected how well it’s gone, I don’t see it stop- Arguably most impressive, however, granted.” bands worldwide hardly even gets ping anytime soon.” is the band’s inclusion at East Coast Despite the lack of a hardcore venue recognized in its own town. The 2013 version of Summer of Hate Tsunami Fest in late September in in Youngstown, and the fact it’s been But for “Samoan” Rob Bohn and highlights a more punk rock feel on Reading, Pa. alongside Hatebreed, years since Crowd Deterrent has been hardcore staples Crowd Deterrent, night one with bands like The Unseen, Bouncing Souls, E. Town Concrete, able to play their hometown, Bohn and they’re quite content to go under the Wisdom In Chains, Race Riot, and Shadows Fall, Street Dogs, Cro Mags his bandmates aren’t losing any sleep radar in the Mahoning Valley — espe- Rabid Reason, and gets back to tradi- and many more. . over it. cially with the admiration they’ve gar- tional hardcore for night two with One Bohn says the band plans to record a “There’s plenty of people here who nered in hardcore circles globally. Life Crew, Merauder, Stout, Lifeless, new EP in time for the show. have been successful with music,” Bohn “Anyone into hardcore who knows Crowd Deterrent, Life After Death and “It’s the second biggest hardcore fest said. “But those people hardly get any Youngstown knows what it is,” Bohn many more. in America,” Bohn said. “It’s definitely credit ever. I’m not a guy who brags said. “To get kids to understand where “It’s come to the point where it’s a lot motivation to get a new EP out.” about anything I do. Most people (in we’re coming from here just seems im- easier to put together than it used to Bohn has split his time in Crowd De- Youngstown) don’t have anything to do possible. We don’t really worry about it be,” Bohn said.” We understand what terrent with punk outfit Race Riot, both with the world that I’m in. We’ll keep anymore.” we’re looking at especially with hard- bands consisting of most of the same writing and recording. We’ll go overseas Crowd Deterrent recently completed core.” members, as well as playing guitar in again. It’s fun. It’s just what we do.” a successful tour of Germany. They’ve Crowd Deterrent has spent the better Cleveland Misfits-punk stalwarts Amer- Tickets for Summer of Hate can be also toured Japan, and for the seventh part of the last decade cranking out ican Werewolves. purchased at crewlife.bigcartel.com as straight year Bohn and bandmate Steve solid and brutal music — a mix of punk, Bohn also runs his own label, Unholy well as ticketweb.com. Serednesky will put on Summer of Hate metal, thrash and New York hardcore House, which releases Race Riot and For more information on both the — one of the most recognizable festivals — both independently as well as select Crowd Deterrent recordings as festival and all things Crowd Deterrent in all of the genre. The two-day event through independent label Warbird En- well as T-shirts and a variety of mer- including music, videos and to pur- takes place July 12 at Now That’s Class tertainment. chandise. chase merch, visit the band online at and July 13 at The Grog Shop, both in The band’s most recent release is a Crowd Deterrent plans to make tour- crowddeterrent.bandcamp.com and Cleveland. video for “Worldwide” — a tribute to ing overseas an annual event. raceriot59.bandcamp.com. “It’s not really a big festival, but it’s the Swing on Sight Family crews “People went crazy for us in Ger- 8 - facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine Pulse9_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:40 PM Page 1 THE DIRECTIONALS WELCOME TO Y-TOWN ... 706 Steel St. cedarsyoungstown.com JULY iiiii 5 Fri. Katianne Timko (Music Video Release Party) Sami The Great. 6 Sat. Rare Breed 12 Fri. The Directionals ALBUM Andy Powder & The Drips 13 Sat. Neon Avenue Alert New London The Aces 14 Sun. West End Ensemble (free) 19 Fri. Class A Bandits 20 Sat. Pilot the Mind Fall Recruiting From Borealis 24 Wed. Them Bastards M Idle Shades 26 Fri. The Mangatones The Automatons ilwaukee garage rockers The lie Parker and Miles Davis, which vorite venue? Directionals are set to perform helped shape the sound of the new at Cedars July 12 with ALBUM record, “Shapes and Colors.” TD: The north east coast has a strong 27 Sat. “Let’s Get Weird” and Andy Powder and the Drips. garage scene which is a huge part of the party presented by Youngstown Pulse caught up with the Cedars is just one of a host of music we play and also the southern Drama Free group just before they hit the road for shows on your summer tour. west coast is very receptive to surf rock. an extensive U.S. tour. What are some of the biggest chal- However, the best show we have played lenges you face on such an exten- so far has been in a village called 28 Sun. Ghost Horse Give our Youngstown Pulse sive U.S. jaunt, and do you think Dinkytown in Minneapolis. Everyone Commanche readers a little background on rock bands can still break through was just on, all the bands were great, Angelo LaMarca The Directionals. How/when did in the states without the former and the people hosting were incredibly Modern Life AUG. you form and what's the band all benefits of much more commer- hospitable. about? cial radio airplay from years ago? Our favorite venue has to be in our hometown of Milwaukee. It’s a small iiiii TD: We’re trying to define an aspect TD: We’re trying to operate as effi- place with a north woods lodge vibe up- of rock ‘n’ roll that has been overlooked ciently as possible because the costs of stairs from the bar, and we've always 2 Fri. Army of Infants for a few decades. Combining 1950s touring are so high. We have a sort of had great turnouts there. Side note: We Skull R’z Bane rock ‘n’ roll and progressive songwrit- gas efficient minivan, as well as keeping played our first show there. Chapless Larry ing wrapped in a garage rock package. the gear we haul as minimalistic as pos- We’re all very partial to Austin, We were all playing in other bands sible while still being able to bring the Texas. We have all had great experi- around Milwaukee and developed tight thunder. Well being away from our ences there and there are just so many 3 Sat. Mad Anthony friendships through playing shows to- families at home can be a real chal- great bands playing all the time. We ALBUM gether. Eventually we were all, “Dudes lenge. two shows coming up there back to let's start a band together!” and then we There are a lot more tools available back in Austin. 9 Fri. Full Moon Canoe did, and it’s been awesome ever since. for up and coming bands then there were before — it’s easier for just about What can Youngstown expect The River’s Own There's definitely a strong anyone to create a demo at home to when you hit Cedars July 12? Buffalo Ryders garage/indie/surf rock vibe to tour on. Every band is different but your sound. Who are some of what it comes down to is the ability to TD: Youngstown for the first time so Monday’s - Bring Your Own Vinyl! your influences that helped shape write great material and market your- you can expect us to bring a lot of posi- $1-$2 beer specials the band? selves well. tive vibes and a strong, energetic live show. Tuesday’s - Live Jazz (Free) TD: We're all fans of the Dead Where would you say are the Kennedys, the Strokes, the Ramones, stronger crowds in the U.S. for For more info on The Directionals and Buddy Holly. We’re also all jazz en- the type of music you do? Best visit thedirectionals.net. thusiasts so we love the sounds of Char- show? Favorite city to play? Fa- facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine - 9 Pulse10_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:40 PM Page 1 10 - facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine Pulse11_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:41 PM Page 1 THE SCENE Live! at the Morley expands scope Series runs through Aug. 28 and features variety of musical acts, art walk Numerous area residents enjoy a Live! at the Morley performance at the Judge Morley Performing Arts Pavillion in Mill Creek Park. This season Mill Creek MetroParks marketing manager April Stanislaw has booked numerous acts ranging from local favorites to critically acclaimed tribute acts. The series runs through Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy Mill Creek MetroParks) Y WORDS: B.J. LISKO new groups, invite local artists “When I thought of it, I 2013 Live! at the Morley Pulse Editor In Chief with a good following while still wanted to see how I could make “The feedback from performers keeping it tried and true to the series better, more fun and concert calendar OUNGSTOWN — Mill what we’ve been about.” what I could do to involve more who had never played there July 10 — Winslow (soul/funk) Creek MetroParks mar- Stanislaw has booked local than just performing arts,” she July 13 — Yellow Brick Road (music keting manager April acts like The Zou and Winslow, said. “We hadn’t really done before is always about what a of Elton John) *admission show Stanislaw has already helped and later in the summer trib- much with local artists at the set up a wide variety of musical utes to Elton John (Yellow park so I thought it was a great great venue it is.” July 17 — The Strange Familiar (pop) talent through the Live! at the Brick Road), The Police (Driven way to combine the two and to — April Stanislaw July 24 — Chardon Polka Band Morley series at the Judge Mor- To Tears) and Michael Jackson help the artists who don’t have (polka) ley Performing Arts Pavilion. (MJXpressions) will liven up that many local outlets where Mill Creek MetroParks July 28 — House Band (Sunfest Now she’s looking to take the park. they can exhibit their work.” things a step further. “We’re trying to incorporate Regardless of age or musical marketing manager event/rock ‘n’ roll) Live! at the Morley began more bands throughout Ohio taste, Stanislaw says the envi- July 31 — James Everett Band (coun- June 12 and runs through Aug. and trying to bring in a little bit ronment is perfect for music try) 28 featuring various musical younger of a crowd,” she said. lovers of all ages. August 7 — Natalie Sprouse & The talent ranging from local “We’re really trying to please “The feedback from perform- Youngstown music scene fa- everybody and hit every genre ers who had never played there play in front of family, friends Boys (blues) vorites to critically acclaimed you can imagine.” before is always about what a and even their kids. You won’t August 14 — Don Burns Orchestra tribute acts. Stanislaw says the biggest great venue it is,” she said. “The leave dissatisfied.” (big band) Stanislaw is in her second challenge since taking over the sound is great, the stage is Visit Mill Creek MetroParks August 21 — Driven To Tears (Police year as marketing manager and series has been reaching out to great. It’s in a beautiful park online at millcreek- realizes variety is the spice of a broader audience. It’s some- setting. People can picnic or metroparks.org for more in- tribute) life. Or in this case, the spice of thing she hopes the 2013 calen- buy food there as well. It’s just formation. Artists can August 24 — MJXpressions — Invinci- Live! at the Morley. dar helps to alleviate. a fun time and a great family download art walk applica- ble (Michael Jackson Tribute) *ad- “It seemed like every year we She also has incorporated an experience. It’s alcohol free and tions via the website, and for mission show were getting the same artists,” art walk at the series where a great place for families to more questions contact Stanis- Stanislaw said. “So what we re- local artists can display their come. It’s a great way for the law at April@MillCreek- August 28 — Easy Street (show tunes) ally wanted to introduce was work. artists to expand and be able to MetroParks.org. facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine - 11 Pulse12_Layout 1 7/1/13 10:35 PM Page 1 RECORD REVIEWS BACK The Zou 2 KCAB Turbo Lovers’ B.J. Lisko reviews The Zou; The Zou’s Khaled Tabbara reviews Turbo Lovers Turbo Lovers Kills Part 1 Hopelessly Addicted Soul Records Cracked Piston Recordings www.thezouhasawebsite.com facebook.com/theturbolovers The Zou have spent the better part of the last The Turbo Lovers have done it all again on their decade crafting well written indie rock while fifth full-length album “Hopelessly Addicted.” It’s steadily becoming arguably Youngstown’s biggest the latest installment of arena-rocking, beer-swill- act. Lyrically and musically the band has always ing, punk-soaked jams from the band that has put taken its listeners on an introspective and highly Youngstown’s music scene on the arena-rock map. relatable journey. This album reeks of whiskey and cheap beer, “Kills Part 1” — the first of a two-album concept and the band’s writing is at an all-time high. — goes a step further. The band pushes the envelope with the prog-rock “Pink Lin- On “Hopelessly Addicted,” the band channels the swagger of AC/DC and the wit coln Overture” which segues seamlessly into the pop/electronica of the album’s of a slightly-more-serious Spinal Tap into well-crafted and sharply executed songs. single “Soon! Ok?” — possibly the best song the band has ever done. The entire The performances are killer and singer/founder B.J. Lisko’s slurring growls add track is one hook piled on top of another with lead vocalist Khaled Tabbara and the an electrifying bite to the snarky lyrics. entire group’s positively soaring vocal delivery. It’s a theme continued throughout “No Chance In Hell”, “Kicking Dog” and “Bounded By Rock” have the grime of especially in the album’s closer “Ain’t There an Easier Way?” an old-school basement punk album but would feel equally at home in a huge sta- That the band can combine influences like The Who, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits dium being chanted by the fervent audience of headbangers. and Butch Walker yet all the while remain in a category all their own is remarkably Stand out track “Do It All Again” sums up the experience of the record. It re- impressive. minds us that most rock ‘n’ roll has severely gone astray. In a world that is overrun If The Zou are in fact Youngstown’s biggest and most popular act, “Kills Part 1” with pretentious overdone and insincere music, this album is what rock promised is going to make them even bigger. The band’s best effort to date. — B.J. Lisko us a long a long time ago - finally delivered. — Khaled Tabbara Thunder Vest self-titled facebook.com/thundervest Pittsburgh’s Thunder Vest wear their influences on their self-titled Iron City- soaked denim debut. Fittingly the band covers two of the bands they sounds like most — New Bomb Turks (“Automatic Teller”) and The Hellacopters (“Riot On The Rocks”). But in addition there’s nine original punk-rock anthems ranging from the Chixdiggit sounds of “Burning Like A Star” and “Cigarette Girl” to the Johnny Thunders meets Turbonegro styled “Bruno.” All the solid punk rock ‘n’ roll bases are covered as Pittsburgh has produced yet another swaggering piss and vinegar band of misfits. — B.J. Lisko Knife The Symphony /Swear Jar split Phratry Records When it comes to new music, Phratry Records is a glimmer of hope. This Cincin- nati-based label has released fine efforts by United Sons of Toil, Mad Anthony (an- other awesome band who has played Youngstown) Aperiodic, Caterpillar Tracks and Ampline. These two Cincinnati bands Knife The Symphony and Swear Jar are living proof that this great era of music still lives and breathes while restoring faith in the state of new music. This split release is reassurance the great scenes of Washington D.C., Champaign, Ill. and Chapel Hill, N.C. circa the mid -80s to early 90s is by far not an afterthought. The newly released Knife The Symphony/Swear Jar split, is just my cup of tea when it comes to 2013. Jerry Dirr, drummer of Knife The Symphony, also runs the Cincinnati Label Phratry Records and Knife The Symphony has really cranked out three impressive cuts on this split release. The track “President’s Speech” is pure ear candy, reminiscent of early Tar with splotches of Naked Raygun. The blast of “Wooly Mammoth,” evokes a one-of-a-kind dynamic energy. The best moment though is “The Crown” as it evokes the memory of “If It Kills You” by Drive Like Jehu. Swear Jar on the other hand, captures that mid-80s kind of splendor which rekindles the spirit of bands like Saccharine Trust and even a little bit of the Aussie noise-rockers Feedtime during the bands more discordant moments. There is a minimalist No-Wave edge which is obviously hinted in the songs, “Sweat Stings,” and “Fight Song.” Fans of noise — with just the right amount of artistic precision, anger, emotion, black coffee, creativity with a nice dollop of Dischord Records nostalgia — cannot pass this release up. — Gary S. Angelo 12 -facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine Pulse13_Layout 1 7/1/13 7:41 PM Page 1 FLY ON THE W LL News and n on the Mahoning Vall scene $85 for Day 1 and $85 for Day followed by Tufney, Remains of at the Belmont Ave. bar Tues- 2.¬† Jade, Fresh Kiss and Shake- day, July 9 and feature Matt 1st Annual Royal Oaks’ Steve The Flaming Ice Cube to Mulichak Memorial host Noni Designs, More information about the down Band. “Wheels” O’Nesti, Dominic The Flaming Ice Cube, lo- workshops, including online Leonelli, Joe McCormick, Jon cated at 1449 Boardman-Can- registration, is available at Huff, Johnny Dam, Tim Wolfe, Golf Outing set The Royal Oaks is presenting field Road, is pleased to www.flamingice.com, or by Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit, Alien Ray Zawondi and Tim Ross. its 1st Annual Steve Mulichak announce Noni Workshops calling The Flaming Ice Cube at Ant Farm highlight 90s rock Memorial Golf Outing Satur- featuring Nora Bellows Aug. 330-726-4766. show in Austintown day, July 20 at Knoll Run Golf 10-11.¬†Bellows is a nationally 90s rockers Fuel, Hoobas- Course in Coitsville. The 4-per- The Voice takeover at Buffalo recognized knitting teacher, tank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm son scramble costs $65 per author and designer.¬†Nora will make a stop as a touring Wild Wings Boardman Gina Panico will be taking Crickets throwing party golfer and $260 per team. Din- also taught literature and com- package Wednesday, July 10 at over Buffalo Wild Wings in ner/beverage tickets are $25. for Golden String position at the University of Crickets bar on Midlothian Rodeo Music Hall in Austin- Boardman Friday, July 12 look- Registration is limited to 34 Maryland, where she earned a Ave. in Youngstown is throw- town. Tickets are $28 and are ing to raise money to audition teams and the deadline is July Master of Fine Arts in Creative ing an Independence Day Fes- on sale at Shotz in Austintown, for NBC’s “The Voice.” 15 per- 8. Hole sponsors are $100 per Writing and a PHD in Renais- tival with proceeds benefiting Biketown Harley-Davidson in cent of all food sales will be do- hole. sance English Literature.¬†She Golden String, Inc. Austintown or can be pur- nated to her cause. All Breakfast will be held at 8 will be teaching two work- Friday, July 5 will include a chased online at www.real- remaining proceeds will be do- a.m. with a shotgun start to fol- shops.¬†Day one features her fish fry and music from the rock104.com. nated to The Arts in Schools. low at 9 a.m. beautiful felted handbags and Barflies at 8 p.m. and the For more information con- Day Two will feature hand knit Magma Project at 10 p.m. tact John Kennedy at 330-559- flowers from her book Noni Saturday will be cook-out Shakers Comedy Contest set 1367. Checks should be made Shakers Summer Comedy Flowers.¬† day with 50 cent chili dogs and Contest is down to 16 comics payable to The Royal Oaks. 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Written by James Rado party will be held Saturday, a Youngstown Strong T-shirt nounce its return to Downtown Oakland and his return to the and Gerome Ragni, with music July 20 at Refuge, 1155 and be entitled to drink and Youngstown after a one-year Youngstown theatre scene. by Galt MacDermot, the Amer- Churchill Road, Youngstown food specials at participating hiatus. VexFest is a free all-day HAIR runs Friday and Sat- ican Tribal Love Rock Musical and will feature the roast of establishments. There will be festival full of eclectic music, urday evenings at 8 p.m. from first hit Broadway in 1968 and Brian Markle. live musical acts, DJ's, and food, vending and beverages. July 26-Aug. 10. For more in- was controversial for what Bands performing include transportation between Fed- This year will mark the 9th in- formation or to order tickets many considered to be anti- Nick Mock, A-Mac and XCP. eral St. and remote locations. stallment of the music and arts call the theatre at 330-746- American sentiments. How- The event is designed to be a Sign up at any of the partici- festival, featuring local and 0404 during box office hours ever, HAIR is as pro-American celebration of the annual pating locations, email touring acts playing in front of (Wednesday and Thursdays an artistic work as anyone will BeardStock festival set for Fri- firstname.lastname@example.org an all day crowd that has in- 4:30-6 p.m.). find, then and now. A 21st cen- day, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4. , or contact Shawn McGehee cluded over 7,000 fans. tury audience will connect with The festival itself (52 E. 330-881-4573 or Joe Hellman VexFest 9 is bringing back the still resonating Quarry St. Newton Falls) fea- 330-550-8353. the two-stage set-up located in themes: poverty, envi- tures numerous bands over the Participating locations in- the heart of Downtown ronmental destruc- three day period including Fri- clude MVR, The Royal Oaks, Youngstown. tion, racism, and day headliners Impending Lies O'Donold's, 9ine, Imbibe, Bands can submit to play the the psycholog- and Winslow; Saturday head- Warehouse 50, Lemon fest through sonicbids.com. ical effects of liners Kriadiaz and Kitchen Grove,Avalon Downtown, and war, to Knife Conspiracy; and Sunday Roberto's. name a headliners Patent Pending and few. ‘Forbidden Youngstown’ Freshman 15. 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EOS Whole Fitness presents BelliFit @ Calvin Center 5:45- The Strange Familiar @ Live! at the Morley, Mill Creek Lisko (every Thursday 10-2) 6:45 (ongoing) Park 80s Dance Night @ Greyland Thursday Lounge w/Richard Elmsworth @ Lemon Grove (ongoing) Sunday, July 28 Ghost Horse Commanche, Angelo LaMarca, Modern Life Tuesday, July 9 Friday, July 19 Nightlands, The Building @ Cedars Trivia Night @ Lemon Grove (ongoing) Class A Bandits @ Cedars EOS Whole Fitness presents Hot Yoga, 9-10 a.m. @ Calvin EOS Whole Fitness presents BelliDance conditioning @ Rust Belt Theater Company presents Forbidden @ Cedars Center Calvin Center 5:30-6:30 p.m. (ongoing) Youngstown @ Calvin Center The House Band @ Live! at the Morley, Mill Creek Park EOS Whole Fitness presents Kids Zumba/Yoga Hybrid (2- EOS Whole Fitness presents Level II & III choreography @ Live music @ Vintage Estates 10 years old) 1-2 p.m. @ Calvin Center Calvin Center 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ongoing) Free Association art opening, B.J. Stepan curated show Wednesday, July 31 EOS Whole Fitness presents BelliFit @ Calvin Center 5:45- EOS Whole Fitness presents BelliDance Level I intro @ @ Greyland James Everett Band @ Live! at the Morley, Mill Creek 6:45 p.m. (ongoing) Calvin Center 4:15-5:15 p.m. Park EOS Whole Fitness presents Hot Yoga @ Calvin Center 7:30-8:45 p.m. (ongoing) Satuday, July 20 Wednesday, July 10 Pilot the Mind, Fall Recruiting, From Borealis @ Cedars Friday, August 2 Winslow @ Live! at the Morley, Mill Creek Park Rust Belt Theater Company presents Forbidden Army of Infants, Skull R’z Bane, Chapless Larry @ Friday, July 5 Youngstown @ Calvin Center Cedars Guys at the Grove presents Dr. Freshbutter, bassist E.J. HAIR @ The Oakland Center for the Arts Milo Buenos @ Funny Farm, Mojo’s Pub Austintown Friday, July 12 “Mean Gene” Parker @ Lemon Grove The Directionals, ALBUM, Andy Powder and The Drips @ Katianne Timko (music video release party), Sami The Wednesday, July 24 Cedars Them Bastards, Idle Shades @ Cedars Great @ Cedars The Zou, The Sneaky Hand @ Lemon Grove The Chardon Polka Band @ Live! at the Morley, Mill Saturday, August 3 EOS Whole Fitness presents Crack of noon Zumba @ Rust Belt Theater Company presents Forbidden Creek Park Mad Anthony, ALBUM @ Cedars Calvin Center 12-1 p.m (ongoing) Youngstown @ Calvin Center HAIR @ The Oakland Center for the Arts Damian Knapp @ Vintage Estates Adam Jacobs @ Vintage Estates Milo Buenos @ Funny Farm, Mojo’s Pub Austintown Lars Brondum @ Greyland Figure Drawing w/Tribe of Eos @ Greyland Friday, July 26 The Mangatones, The Automatons @ Cedars Rust Belt Theater Company presents Forbidden 16 - facebook.com/youngstownpulsemagazine Pulse17_Layout 1 7/1/13 9:26 PM Page 1 ROYAL OAKS ROCK SHOW! , SATURDAY JULY 13 hope for the homeless 3 w/album, them bastards mega overlord OAKS golf outing! , SATURDAY JULY 20 1ST ANNUAL STEVE MULICHAK MEMORIAL OUTING! 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Pulse18_Layout 1 7/1/13 9:22 PM Page 1 SPORTS COVERING THE SPREAD Fans need to let LeBron go already F Dealing with extreme political correctness in sports; Can the Pirates keep success up? I D WORDS: B.J. LISKO ormer Ohio State Presi- sports. Keep in mind, the Bucs’ divi- Problem is, the Cardinals and Pulse Editor In Chief dent Gordon Gee is an Report it. Let the people de- sion, the NL Central, produced the Reds (with arguably the idiot. Let me just preface cide. Move on. World Series champions of of best pitching staff in baseball), f Cleveland sports fans are this next section by saying that ——— the St. Louis Cardinals who are slumping at the moment. going to be upset over Le- immediately. And golfer Sergio on’t look now Pirates came into the playoffs two sea- That’s not going to stay that Bron James winning, Garcia is pretty stupid at times, fans, but your team is sons ago with the worst record way. they’re going to be in store for too. the first in the majors to of any postseason team. The For Pirates fans, I hope the a lot more disappointment. But we’ve reached an all- reach the 50-win mark. As I Cardinals simply peaked at the team can hang on and at least For the past three seasons, time new high in political cor- write this the team is in the right time. secure a Wild Card spot. But many Cleveland fans have rectness in sports. midst of its longest winning That’s the worry — that don’t be surprised if it comes bounded together not over the First it was Garcia joking streak in nearly a decade. Pittsburgh is doing the same crashing down late in the sea- Cavaliers, Indians or Browns, he’d serve “fried chicken” to The question remains. Can before we’ve even hit the All- son. but over the Mavericks, Thun- Tiger Woods every night of the the Pirates keep it up? Or will Star break. The Bucs should very much der and Spurs, all in an effort U.S. Open should he happen to they collapse down the stretch? I’m going to offer up a simi- break their 20-year losing sea- to support what has become a stop by. Then came Gee’s ver- While I don’t feel Pittsburgh lar prediction to the one I gave son streak — but don’t look for much more near and dear pas- bal tirade on the Catholic faith is even the best team in its own early last season when I was much else. time to their hearts, LeBron and Notre Dame. division, when a team hits a doing these sports columns for Sorry Pirates fans. I hope losing. Both were blown entirely out streak of inspired baseball like a living. I’m wrong for your sake. There’s another side to all of proportion. Stupid? Sure. the Pirates have done, they cer- The Pirates are a better team Love the column? Hate the the LeBron hysteria, too, in Front-page worthy? Hardly. tainly can throw a wrinkle in than a season ago. They have a column? Let us know at that of LeBron sympathizers The Golf Channel, who had the playoff picture. legitimate shot at the playoffs. email@example.com who would love nothing more its own Tiger Woods damage then to welcome King James control plan in full effect just a back to his Cleveland castle. few years ago when announcer That’s not going to happen. Kelly Tilghman joked that The Heat aren’t losing anytime Tiger was playing so well the soon, either. other players might have to All the purported talk of the “lynch him in a back alley,” supposed eventual demise of treated the Sergio incident like the Miami Heat’s Big Three in it was Watergate. LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Their own announcer made Chris Bosh simply ended in the the same mistake, was sus- team’s second straight NBA pended a week, and then it was title. NBA insiders had many never brought up again. thinking Miami couldn’t get it Sergio made a joke gone hor- done. They were too soft. Le- ribly awry at a black tie cocktail Bron wasn’t aggressive enough. dinner and they talked about it Wade is too old. Bosh is a bust. for a month straight. Literally. Try none of the above. If They didn’t stop. Even after the back-to-back NBA titles is a golf started, they asked every- team in its demise, I’d like to one from announcers to other know what one looks like in its golfers to friends of friends of ascendency. sisters cousins boyfriends I was just as upset with the about what they thought of way LeBron left Cleveland, too. Sergio. It was another slap in the face The Spaniard never had a to a city and fans who have chance. Even after he apolo- been filled with nothing but gized profusely ad nauseum. heartache which I won’t re- I don’t condone anything count here. Gee or Garcia said. But it’s ob- The Cavaliers had two first viously a slow news day when it round picks in the NBA draft. takes over the headlines. And They’ve got ex-coach Mike believe me, after eight years as Brown back at the helm, and a sports editor in Salem, Ohio, 4366 Boardman Canfield Road, Canfield (In Peaberry’s Plaza) they possibly have the best I know a thing or two about young prospect in the league in slow news days. 855-JL-PILATES (855-557-4528) Kyrie Irving. The 24-hour news media jleighpilates.com Let it play out. Cleveland will culture really needs to stop be a playoff team sooner than blowing things up like this, and you might think. Then we can digging every single perfect po- all root for the Cavs to win the litically correct person out of Eastern Conference in lieu of the woodwork for commentary Good for one free private pilates session teams we can’t even name a on it. player on. 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