Stabby Fork single + Chronica release date

Greetings once more from the poison pen of The Scaramanga Six

Some very important announcements follow, so take all the heed you possibly can then take some more in case you run short of heed over the coming winter months.

NEW SINGLE & VIDEO

We are very proud to present to you another BandCamp single for general consumption – as ever, this is a pay-what-you-like digital release (even if that be nought) where we are the direct recipients of any funds. The important thing is that you can get hold of the tunes right away and start to wring every last drop of enjoyment out of them at your own convenience. We give you:

STABBY FORK

Featuring on side 1, album 2 of ‘Chronica’, this song depicts the horrible aftermath of a flash of rage amid a domestic scene. The character in the song is a man with a lit fuse, unable to deal with the red mist that descends at any provocation. In a previous life of service, his lack of self-discipline earned the court marshal and an early discharge. Nobody likes a loose cannon.

Described by a punter at one of our recent gigs as a ‘demonic cross between Sparks and Chas ‘n’ Dave’, this piano-led song has started to become a regular feature of our intense live performances. As that comparison would hint towards, the arrangement alternates between seething staccato stomp and bouncing joy with more than just a nod to The Spiders from Mars.

YOU DISGUST ME

Recorded in the Chronica sessions, but unable to be jammed anywhere into either parts of the album, this is another piano-based opus with The Scaramanga Six’s almost trademark elaborate overture section at the beginning. The song eventually settles into a pseudo-latin-gypsy-whatthehell? groove with a first-person narrative sung from the point-of-view of a brow-beaten doormat assessing his own self-pity before galloping off on an esoteric chorus that bears no relation to the song, let alone reason.

You can obtain the Stabby Fork single right here, right NOW:

https://thescaramangasix.bandcamp.com/album/stabby-fork

Stabby Fork Video:

To accompany the single release of ‘Stabby Fork’, we have also captured a dark and sickly performance in the form of a brand new music video. The video is directed by the inimitable Ash Pears of Ash TV (www.ashtv.co.uk) and features amongst other things: candlelit spookiness, jerky movements, spitting of feathers, women’s sunglasses and looks of disgust. Take a look at this promo vid here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwJ2g8iCgKg

Please do your best to share both this video and the BandCamp link for the single on your preferred social media platform – we reply on YOUR support and recommendation, which is always greatly appreciated by this jaded old band.

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CHRONICA PUBLIC RELEASE DATE

You can probably tell what all this frantic promo activity is all about – that’s right, we’ve finally got a public release date for the gargantuan new double-album ‘CHRONICA’. Distributed through Shellshock, the album will be on general release to the following schedule:

24/11/17 – CD release, available at many retailers and online shops

27/11/17 – Digital download release, available from iTunes, on Spotify, through our own BandCamp site and many other platforms

Go to our shop page to put in a pre-order direct with us RIGHT NOW.

All just in time for your early Xmas shopping spree! We’ll also be making the super-special heavyweight double-vinyl with gatefold sleeve available from our own shop at www.thescaramangasix.co.uk with a possible shops release coming in the new year.

You’ve had the blurb many times already about the concept of ‘Chronica’. Rest assured that this is the most thorough, intense and well-executed album to date by The Scaramanga Six. Truly an album that you will be able to inhabit, who’s twists, turns and secrets will be revealed with every further listen. To say that we are proud of this record would be understating things to the power of infinity. We’ve been filled with pride at the conception and often difficult births of all our aural offspring over the years, and I know you’re not supposed to have favourites, but we feel this time we’ve delivered a set of twins who’s magnificence eclipses all our previous works. 22 tracks of wilful weirdness over an hour and a half will take you on a bewildering rampage across the Chronic Isle.

The digipack double-CD is on lovely reverse-board finish and comes resplendent with the specially-commissioned artwork by renowned grotesque artist Wayne Chisnall – see more of his amazing work here:  http://waynechisnall.blogspot.sk/

In the meantime, this is the delightful object you may expect to find:

A thing of beauty both inside and out.

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PLEDGEMUSIC EXCLUSIVES BEING SHIPPED

Finally, we can let you know that in the coming weeks we shall be looking to honour all the wonderful Pledges made by the few hundred lovely people that showed their support and faith in us through the PledgeMusic campaign. The funds raised have enabled us to manufacture the album on CD and vinyl to a specification we know you’ll cherish + also take care of the myriad of extra items.

Over the coming weeks, you lovely Pledgers will start to receive bundles of joy sent straight to your door. Please bear with us as we work through the massive list. And of course, feel free to shout about your spoils all over the interweb.

Once again, we thank you.

Paul/Steve/Julia/Gareth

 

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Chronica – The new double-album – Pre-order it NOW!

Pre-order ‘CHRONICA’ via PledgeMusic here:

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

So here we are again. It appears we, THE SCARAMANGA SIX, have emerged from our murky hideout once more, our many busy appendages pumped full, old casings cracked and shaken away, hardened and hungry with abdomens bloated ready to burst forth.

Over the past year and a half, our irrepressible group has been back in Sheffield with engineer extraordinaire, Lord Alan Smyth (we did ‘Cursed’ and ‘The Terrifying Dream’ with him) galvanising a new arsenal of intense material that will come to form this, our 9th studio album. So much has been accrued of sufficient quality that we’ve finally taken the inevitable step of committing to a double-album.

The title of this work is ‘CHRONICA’ – containing an abstract story roughly hewn from a concept of a dystopian island society. A place where everything has fallen into ruin, yet people still seem to have the same preoccupation with the trivial crap they had before. The population trudge through a chaotic existence on top of each other with absolutely no hope of a better life. Society is reduced to its base behaviour yet people still crave superficial fixes. The human condition carries on regardless. There is no outcome, no lessons to be learned. Familiar?

This is our second foray into release through this magnificent PledgeMusic platform, following the hugely successful ‘The Terrifying Dream’ album/EPs/DVD campaign in 2015 which completely funded the manufacturing, post-production and promotion of the album. Flushed with cockiness, we have decided to up the ante this time round – we’re offering Chronica not only on digital download and CD formats, but for the first time ever we’re going to do a plush gatefold double heavy vinyl version, which as you all know doesn’t come cheap. There will be various bargainous bundle offerings, new apparel, unfathomable merchandising opportunities and personalised items of both affable and abusive natures. Along the way, we’ll also fling whatever secret crap we can find that will stick, all completely exclusive to those who pledge.

Once again we thank you for your patronage, and happy hunting for the second time.
Gareth/Julia/Paul/Steve
c/o
The Scaramanga Six

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New Single – ‘DIRTY SUBARU’. Out NOW!

Dirty Subaru is the new single by The Scaramanga Six, taken from their forthcoming ninth studio album ‘Chronica’. Available as a pay-what-you-want download from Bandcamp right here:

thescaramangasix.bandcamp.com/album/dirty-subaru

From 14/07.17, you’ll be able to pledge for the album here:

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thescaramangasix

‘DIRTY SUBARU’ / ‘A CAR’ – Two motoring-related tracks from a land where beaten up racers clog the car parks and lay-bys. Loud and to the point, The Scaramanga Six are in urgent form. Buckle up – we’re gonna do a fast one!

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New Single release: ‘AS WE TAKE THE STAGE / OWNED’

So it appears THE SCARAMANGA SIX have emerged from their murky hideout once more, their many busy appendages pumped full, old casings cracked and shaken away, hardened and hungry with abdomens bloated ready to burst forth.

Over the past 14 months, the irrepressible group have been back to Lord Alan Smyth’s studio in Sheffield galvanising a new arsenal of material that will come to form their 9th studio album. So much has been accrued of sufficient quality that they have finally taken the inevitable step of planning a double-album. The title of this work will be ‘CHRONICA’ – containing an abstract story roughly hewn from a concept of a dystopian island society. A place where everything has fallen into ruin, yet people still seem to have the same preoccupation with the trivial crap they had before. The population trudge through a chaotic existence on top of each other with absolutely no hope of a better life. Society is reduced to its base behaviour yet people still crave superficial fixes. The human condition carries on regardless. There is no outcome, no lessons to be learned.

The Scaramanga Six aim to release this monster in the summer of 2017 on heavyweight double vinyl as well as the usual digital formats via the medium of the PledgeMusic platform that worked so well for their previous album, ‘The Terrifying Dream’. There will be a trove of other pledge-based exclusives made available, some generous and some personalised and abusive. Watch this space for more information about this soon.

THE NEW SINGLE………

For now though, you are offered a pair of epic & expansive tracks from Chronica as a stopgap/taster of things to come. This single release will be entirely digital, and you are asked to pay what you want for the tracks – even if that be nothing. All that The Scaramanga Six ask is that you digest, enjoy and share.

The new single is available via BandCamp right now. Simply follow these links to listen and obtain:

https://thescaramangasix.bandcamp.com/album/as-we-take-the-stage-owned

About the songs:

AS WE TAKE THE STAGE

The core quartet of Morricone/Morricone/Arnez/Champion are bolstered by long-term collaborator, Stephen ‘Evens’ Gilchrist to return to the double-drum assault last heard on the ‘Phantom Head’ album. The distant pounding comes to the fore and the band launch afloat a gargantuan vessel towards the shores of the Chronic Isle full of the foolhardy self-confidence that has chequered their careers. They can’t stop and they won’t stop. This mantra is repeated belligerently as a barrage of drums build and build.

OWNED

Those of you who have attended any of the band’s recent rock rituals may have heard an intense and brutal version of this epic new song, which seems to be a strange dichotomy of internal fury and overt sloganeering. It has undoubtedly been well received, with startled gig-goers finding themselves joining in involuntarily after just the first howl of the chorus.
This studio recording kicks off with an almost teutonic overture featuring the mighty Wasp synthesizer. The scene is set – it’s a retrospective vision of a potential future, all tinfoil and tablets. What follows are three movements of increasing velocity and ferocity. A picture of Chronica emerges as the lyrical content jumps back and forth in time to reveal the cyclic nature of decay – ‘This is not the end’. Musically, the band explores a tapestry of bleak post-punk, krautrock and bludgeoning melodrama.

The photography for this release is the work of Ben Daure using an amazing technique of double-exposure and composition to create these images in-camera. You can find more of his work here: www.grape-productions.com

Thank you for listening.

Steve/Paul/Julia/Gareth
c/o
The Scaramanga Six
www.thescaramangasix.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thescaramangasix

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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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