New album – Steve Albini/Chicago

Greetings to you all,

Exciting times are afoot for the band that refuse to f**k off, THE SCARAMANGA SIX. It is with great pleasure that we can announce details of our next recording session….

Hot on the heels of last year’s release of ‘Cursed’, we are about to embark on our most audacious caper yet with a completely new set of songs – The bands’ seventh studio album will be recorded by the legendary Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago this April. The flights have been booked and we have a letter from Mr Albini to show the US homeland security, which means it is definitely happening.

What’s more, the band have swollen ranks to become a six-piece for the first time in many years with the inclusion of a full second drum kit played by Stephen Stuffy Gilchrist and the piano by Gentleman James Kenosha. So that’s a brutal sound with two full drum kits, yes you heard right.

Work is already furiously underway on a barrage of new material and despite the increased numbers, The Scaramanga Six are aiming at a more distilled and desolate sound with more space and dramatic tension than ever before. You may have noticed many new tracks lurching into the set for the first time at recent shows – there will be more to come.

It is going to be a very strenuous recording session as the band attempts to record and mix the entire album in less than a week, playing mainly as live and aiming to capture the rawness and immediacy of performances. We are confident that the result will be up there with some of the great records Mr Albini has engineered (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Wedding Present, Shellac etc – the list of ‘greats’ goes on forever) over the years. Add to all this, the logistical nightmare of getting all of Julia’s shoes into the luggage allowance (as well as a few instruments) and we’ve got a real challenge on our hands – bring it on, we say. Rest assured, the end result will sound nothing like as glitzy and jovial as the stage musical Chicago, though we may consider slipping in a cover of ‘If You Leave Me Now’ by power ballad maestro’s Chicago if time allows. We’re sure he’ll appreciate that.

The name of the new long player is as yet undecided but details of this and more new shows throughout the summer will be revealed once we get through this once-in-a-lifetime ordeal of a recording session. We are more excited and creatively focused than ever before – who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

For now though, some details of a couple of forthcoming northern gigs where the band will ‘man up’ ahead of the voyage across the Atlantic and reveal this slew of intense new material:

SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY – The Well, LEEDS

Robot vs Shark present:

THE SCARAMANGA SIX

DRAWINGS

Doors: 8pm Price: £4

SUNDAY 11TH MARCH – The Parish, HUDDERSFIELD

Fatcat bookings present:

THE SCARAMANGA SIX

MR SHIRAZ

From about 7pm onwards. Free entry.

Please spread this news around like jam on hot, buttery toast.

Regards,

Steve/Paul/Julia/Gareth/Stuffy/James

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