Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.

2016 has been a typically busy year so far for The Six. Having a slight break from live appearances might have lulled people into false sense of insecurity. But we have been hard at work in the background and are already half-way through recording our next long-player. Since December 2015 we have been sporadically beavering away at recordings once again with Lord Alan Smyth at the helm in his Sheffield studio. We currently have the bones of 18 new tracks down and there will be more. More news on how and when we plan to release this monstrosity will follow later in the year. In the mean time, take a look at the appearances page as we have just announced a sprinkling of live shows throughout the rest of the year.

In the mean time…pucker up fools!

Me and Julia

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Feb 2016 News – Pure Rawk Awards etc.

Greetings one and all,

Apologies for the radio silence from THE SCARAMANGA SIX over the last few months – we have been busy fattening up for winter and raising new broods. 2015 has come and gone, and was a hugely enjoyable year for our musical assault group: The rampant success of our first ever PledgeMusic campaign led to the release of our 8th studio album ‘The Terrifying Dream’ plus a trio of EPs containing a plethora of new material, a DVD release compiling our music videos and documentary of our Chicago trip a couple of years previously and a set of triumphant live engagements helped to carve our musical initials into many new eardrums.

2016 is getting off to a flying start – much news to impart, so here goes….

PURE RAWK AWARDS

Once again, we have been thoughtfully nominated in several categories for this year’s PURE RAWK awards. We would sincerely appreciate it if you could throw a vote or two our way – we have some very stiff opposition this year as you’ll see! All you have to do is go here:http://purerawk.com/awards/vote-now/ and cast your votes. We are nominated in the following categories:

Band of the Year
Best album (The Terrifying Dream)
Best artwork (The Terrifying Dream)
Axe Hero of the year (Julia Arnez)

There are of course plenty of other great bands nominated and you may also want to vote for Eureka Machines, Tropical Contact, Mr. Shiraz and The Idol Dead amongst others – they are all winners.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

Some shows coming up which will be announced on our gig page shortly but the nearest one is actually performing at the Pure Rawk Awards:
SATURDAY 12th MARCH – Pure Rawk Awards, Boston Music Room, LONDON

10th anniversary of Pure Rawk
Feat. THE SCARAMANGA SIX, ROLE MODELS, THE IDOL DEAD + many more to be announced.

Tickets can be obtained from: http://www.seetickets.com/event/pure-rawk-awards-2016/boston-music-room-tufnell-park/937563/

COMING UP

What now for band raised by puffins? Well, we’re gearing up for the next album is what. Rehearsals and recordings have already begun in earnest – many updates and running commentary can be found on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thescaramangasix

Cheers,
Steve/Paul/Julia/Gareth
c/o The Scaramanga Six

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BUY THINGS

Our new album is now available through the website and it looks something like this:

Terrifying Dream front coverTake a trip to our shop by clicking here and you can buy the album, as well as the three EPs (each with three exclusive tracks), a tote bag, and our stylish new Batface shirt in not one, not two, not four but THREE colours.

We think you will agree, as you fumble for your credit card, that there is something for absolutely everyone.  Happy shopping!

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PledgeMusic update/Pure Rawk victory

We come bearing some excellent news….

First of all, an update on the PledgeMusic campaign for the funding of our brand new album & accompanying EP releases over the next few months. The big news is that down to YOUR support, we managed to hit 100% of our funding target within only 16hrs of the Pledge campaign starting at 00:00 on the 1st of March.

To say that we were overwhelmed by the response is an understatement. This is a huge vote of confidence for us and the faith you have shown in our little pop group is both humbling and invigorating. In this, our twentieth year, we are rejuvenated and more willing to rock than ever before. In real terms, this means that we are now completely able to honour our commitments and promises – we have secured enough funding to pay for the rest of the recording/mixing/mastering as well as the manufacturing for the CD releases, T-shirts and DVDs.

But it doesn’t stop here – it’s actually early days for the campaign. The album release is not due until the middle of June – until then, we are continuing to accept your pledges. The more we can raise, the more justice we can do this album release with promotion etc, and it may also enable us to add further exclusives to the pot. It is also important to remember that this album (and all the other exclusives) will not be available through more traditional channels (shops, iTunes, our website etc) until long after all our Pledges have been delivered. Exclusive means exclusive – that is how this exciting PledgeMusic platform works.

If you have already added your pledge, we offer you our sincerest gratitude. For those of you yet to investigate this, here is a reminder where you need to go:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/scarasixdream/

Delivery of the first EP release, ‘The Eye & Skin Machine’, will commence in the next couple of weeks. This first release will include four exciting new tracks:

1. Out Of My Tiny Mind
2. Rule of Thumb
3. Lukewarm
4. Pulling Teeth From a Phantom Head

We’ve made a Paul-tastic new promo video for the lead track to enable you to get a juicy taste of our finished new material:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YdbRaxerek

The second piece of good news is our success at the PURE RAWK Awards, which took place in London last Friday evening. Again, down to YOUR wonderful support, we managed to scoop two out of the three awards in which we were nominated. We were the dumbfounded and gracious winners of:

‘AXE HERO OF THE YEAR’ – for Paul Morricone
‘VIDEO OF THE YEAR’ – For ‘I Will Crush Your Heart’

The full list of winners can be found here: http://www.purerawk.com/2015/03/pure-rawk-awards-2015-winners-announced/

There was certainly a dominance of the whole thing by artists from our home region of West Yorkshire too, with multiple wins in other categories by our contemporaries Eureka Machines & Tropical Contract and Mikey Shiraz from the mighty Parish venue in Huddersfield. So, a great year for Yorkshire it seems.

The only thing that gives us as much satisfaction as rock action, is the ability to deliver GOOD NEWS to you. Long may it continue. We called for your allegiance and YOU rallied to our cause like a Game of Thrones style army.

We thank you once more,

Paul/Julia/Steve/Gareth

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ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with great excitement and aplomb that we, THE SCARAMANGA SIX, in our twentieth year of existence can announce a plethora of brand new releases for 2015. Following a year of feverish recording sessions and creative mind-bending there now exists a rich glut of fresh new songs almost ready for your aural pleasure.

We can now reveal that our eighth studio album will be entitled ‘THE TERRIFYING DREAM’. This will be immediate and expansive at the same time, full of colour and arrangement all housed within dramatic pop sensibilities. Songs about the distortion of reality that are dreams and things that go bump in the night. Ever woken to find yourself transformed into a gigantic beetle? This is the album for you.

Prior to the long-player, a series of three EPs will also be released one after the other continuing on the same sleep-deprived theme. The first EP will be entitled ‘THE EYE AND SKIN MACHINE’ named after a recurring childhood nightmare suffered by Paul where he is chased by a revolving ball of flesh intent on absorbing him. EP no.2 will recall a similar infant dream that plagued the young Julia and will be named simply ‘WORM NECKLACE’. The final EP of the trilogy will urge the listener to snap back into reality and will be titled ‘THE SLEEPER MUST AWAKEN’.

All releases will be available through our very first PLEDGE campaign. You can help directly fund the release of our new album and EPs as well as gain access to new T-Shirts, freebies, a DVD compilation, great bundles of the back catalogue and a few surprise offerings. You can pledge your support to The Six in many ways and will become rich, not least with our undying thankfulness. Full details of what’s on offer will appear once the pledge campaign goes live on 01/03/15.

Full Schedule of releases:

01/03/15 – Pledge Campaign launches

13/03/15 – ‘THE EYE AND SKIN MACHINE’ EP released
13/04/15 – ‘WORM NECKLACE’ EP released
13/05/15 – ‘THE SLEEPER MUST AWAKEN’ EP released

13/06/15 – ‘THE TERRIFYING DREAM’ Album released

We thank you in advance for the undying support you show to the persistent noise mongering that is The Scaramanga Six. Through all things life throws at you one thing is apparent – rock and roll is the winner.

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Pure Rawk Awards – vote for The Six!

Quite amazingly, THE SCARAMANGA SIX have been nominated in several categories for this year’s mighty PURE RAWK AWARDS which celebrates all that is independent and rocking from the last 12 months.

We would dearly appreciate your support by voting for us by following this link:

http://www.purerawk.com/awards/

And click on the ‘vote now’ button. You will need to complete the whole thing – there are about 20 categories to get through, but included in the nominations are loads of fantastic contemporaries of ours such as Eureka Machines, Tropical Contract, Mr Shiraz, The Dowling Poole etc. It seems it was a good year for the rock.

We’re down for:

Band of the Year
Axe Hero of the Year (Paul Morricone)
Video of the Year (I Will Crush Your Heart)

The award ceremony itself will be taking place on Friday 6th March at Boston Music Rooms, Tufnell Park London. Tropical Contact, Mr Shiraz and Chris Catalyst will be playing live – tickets are available here:
http://www.purerawk.com/awards/buy-tickets/
OK, thanks in advance!

That’s all for now, but some huge announcements will be made shortly concerning brand new releases, gigs etc – watch this space.

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Scenes of Mild Peril – OUT NOW

We bring you news of a brand new release by the band who torture from Yorkshire. While we’ve been busy beavering away on the next studio album, we have compiled a CD & DVD 2-disc set featuring 14 songs in both audio and visual format made from a pair of ‘in the studio’ live performances at Bridlington in Jan 2013 & London in April 2014.

Those of you familiar with the ‘Hot Flesh Rumble’ CD from a few years ago will know the score – a set of material that spans recent and older albums all performed with vim & vigour, warts & all. ‘Scenes of Mild Peril’ contains the first airing of 4 brand new songs amongst this arsenal of tunes, which may ultimately appear in more sophisticated form on the forthcoming studio album.

Go to our shop page to get your grubby mitts on a copy of the highly limited release.

Tracklist:

1. The Stepford Bands
2. You Should Have Killed Me When You Had the Chance
3. Missing
4. Blunt Force Trauma
5. The Man Who Couldn’t Sing
6. Arabella
7. Seven Chances
8. I Can See a Murder
9. I Didn’t Get Where I am Today
10. Misadventure
11. Unclean
12. Pulling Teeth From a Phantom Head
13. I am the Rain
14. It’s Just a Matter of Time

This is actually The Scaramanga Six’s first foray into DVD release – there may be a video anthology released at some point in the near future, so keep your eye peeled and your ears pricked. It won’t work the other way round.

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GIGS coming up + other tidbits

A brief missive from the poison pen of The Scaramanga Six to inform you of a plethora of live performances coming up over the next few months. After a few ‘evilnings’ whereby we have sole control over the amount of aural punishment being dealt to the punters, we are honoured to have also been personally invited on a trio of special Halloween extravaganzas by the legend that is Ginger Wildheart and also a tourette of shows with our old bumchums/arch-enemies, Eureka Machines. Tickets are selling like the proverbial hot cakes for all of the Ginger/Eurekas dates, so please follow the links below to acquire yours – and remember, every one of them is a winner. Read to the bottom for all details and a few more morsels of info that may have you slavering….

SATURDAY 13th SEPTEMBER – Hunter’s Inn, EXMOOR
The Heddon Valley Music & Beer Festival
Feat
THE SCARAMANGA SIX (Headline set)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HeddonValleyBeerFestival
Festival entry: £5
Camping available – £30 per pitch, details and full line-up in the link above.

FRIDAY 3rd OCTOBER – The Parish, HUDDERSFIELD
An evilning with THE SCARAMANGA SIX
Two sets of intrigue, mayhem and mystery….
Doors: 8pm
Price: £5 or so.

SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER – The Dog & Partridge, BOLTON
An evilning with THE SCARAMANGA SIX
Two sets of thrills, spills and chills…..
Doors: 8pm
Price: £?

THURSDAY 30th OCTOBER – Fibbers, YORK
Feat:
THE GINGER WILDHEART BAND
EUREKA MACHINES
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
Tickets: http://www.fibbers.co.uk/events/THE-GINGER-WILDH/index.html

FRIDAY 31st OCTOBER – The Slade Rooms, WOLVERHAMPTON
Ginger Wildheart & Friends’ Extra-special Halloween Hootenanny, feat.
THE GINGER WILDHEART BAND
EUREKA MACHINES
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
TROPICAL CONTACT
OAF
DJ’s Ginger Wildheart, Chris Catalyst, Rich Jones, Random Jon Poole
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1443650149245814/
Tickets: http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk/-/show-details/102896

SATURDAY 1st NOVEMBER – The Roadhouse, MANCHESTER
Feat:
THE GINGER WILDHEART BAND
EUREKA MACHINES
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/712239542202127/
Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/event/ginger-wildheart-band/the-roadhouse/813135

FRIDAY 14th NOVEMBER – Barfly, Camden, LONDON
EUREKA MACHINES
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
Doors: 8pm
Price: £10
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504422936354865/
Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/eureka-machines-tickets/131121

SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER – The Vault, RUGBY
EUREKA MACHINES
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
KELTIK FISH
Doors: 8pm
Price: £5.50 (adv), £8 (on the door)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442219342715120/
Tickets: http://vaultrugby.ticketleap.com/eureka-machines/

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER – The Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS
EUREKA MACHINES
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280972

When we play, we slay – and we would be overjoyed to be able to slay at a venue near you. We don’t have a booking agent and generally do shows that people ask us to do. Perhaps you could help set us up with one? – please get in touch.

Facebook community – Our Facebook page is gaining momentum and these days seems to be the place where all the action is regarding random outbursts, daft photos and exclusive live videos direct from the band. If you are not already a ‘liker’ of our page, we would like to invite you right now to go and add yourself to the number – please come and say hello, we may not bite. Facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/thescaramangasix

New release news – Finally, a brief mention of a couple of releases in the pipeline. First up, we have put the finishing touches to a new live-in-session album and DVD (in the same vane as the ‘Hot Flesh Rumble’ album we released a few years back, but with an extra disc featuring the visuals to go with the live performances). The new release will be called ‘Scenes of Mild Peril’ and will contain a set of 14 tracks plucked from the guts of our back catalogue plus 4 brand new ones! These live tracks were recorded through 2013-2014 at Bridlington and London. Release details will come to you very soon – will certainly be available at the forthcoming dates with Ginger/Eurekas.

Work is continuing in earnest on the next studio album – it is looking very likely that this will be a huge bloated double album with veerings into some unusual directions, lavish arrangements and more macabre intensity than we have achieved before. Watch this space for news of the release and accompanying campaign.

We thank you
Gareth/Julia/Paul/Steve
c/o
The Scaramanga Six

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HOT GIG ACTION

We’ve got a few shows coming up in the next few months, including three in November with our best friends/mortal enemies Eureka Machines. Tickets are on sale now and the London and Leeds gigs are already selling very quickly. Head over to the Appearances page for the full list…

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Sheffield Show Cancelled

We’re sorry to say that the gig at Penelope’s in Sheffield on Sunday 20th April has been cancelled. Muchos apologeticos to any of you planning a trip over to the city of steel to see us then. We’ll get another one scheduled for some time in the nearly furture – watch this space.

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