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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The Scaramanga Six – News March 2014

Greetings from the poisoned pen of The Scaramanga Six.

NEW FREE UPDATED COMPILATION

First up, for all listeners new to the ways of The Six, a newly updated pay-what-you-like free compilation of our work can be found here:

http://thescaramangasix.bandcamp.com/album/an-introduction-to-the-scaramanga-six

Listen and download this compilation for free or pay what you like. Most importantly though, if you like what you hear tell more people about The Scaramanga Six and share. We rely on you good folk with excellent musical tastes to help us reach the uninitiated. Without your support we may as well stay locked away in a cupboard. Please post this link anywhere and everywhere you possibly can.

NEW MATERIAL ABOUNDS

2014 has proved to be a fertile breeding ground for new material so far. The group have already started recording sessions for what will be the eighth studio album which is as yet untitled. Recording once again with the masterful Lord Alan Smythe of Sheffield (Cursed, 2011) at the controls, The Six are slowly piecing together the fragments of upwards of twenty new cuts. The cruel and claustrophobic conditions in which the band work has given rise to a working title of ‘Fritzl-style’ though a recent strenuous rehearsal has led to the batch of songs now being entitled ‘Sucking and Chucking’. The release date for this slew of work is not set as the band are still writing new things but all will become clear as the year drags on.

APRIL / MAY APPEARANCES

The Scaramanga Six have decided to appear for a few sporadic shows during April and May, often supporting themselves as a double-header. Here is a run-down of forthcoming appearances:

FRIDAY 11th APRIL – The Puzzle Hall Inn, SOWERBY BRIDGE
‘An EVILning with The Scaramanga Six’ – special double-set show
www.puzzlehall.com

SATURDAY 12th APRIL – The Parish, HUDDERSFIELD – ‘Pure Rawk Venue of the Year 2013 winner!’
with Knuckle and The Orchid Family.
https://www.facebook.com/ParishHudd?rf=182144888481302

SUNDAY 20th APRIL – Penelope’s, SHEFFIELD
with support TBC
www.penelopes.info

FRIDAY 25th APRIL – Brixton Hill Studios, Brixton LONDON
A very special and intimate studio show/party – all welcome, but let us know you are coming!
www.brixtonhillstudios.com

SATURDAY 17th MAY – The Fox and Newt, LEEDS
‘An EVILning with The Scaramanga Six’ – special double-set show
https://www.facebook.com/thefoxandnewt

There are more gigs planned for the summer including one or two festival appearances. Keep your eyes and ears peeled and don’t stop watching this space – ever.

Cheers,
Gareth/Julia/Paul/Steve

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Phantom Head crushes critics

The results are in from our recent press campaign around the new album, ‘PHANTOM HEAD’ and it seems that we have spanked the bottom of critics and offered a soothing balm to the raw buttocks of our plaudits. What the devil have they been saying, you may ask? Read on….

THE SUN said: “This self-styled evil pop-group persist in producing great albums that demand loudly – to be heard. 4/5”

VIBRATIONS said: “Must surely rank amongst their finest work to date”

SPLIZZ MAGAZINE said: “There are some dark sounding art rock songs that sound like Nick Cave crossed with The Editors”

DROWNED IN SOUND said: “A cult phenomenon of a band known for their thunderous flamboyant style of rock; and a relentless presence in the Leeds rock scene since the mid 90s”

THE QUIETUS said: “Another great album from a band that really deserve a much bigger audience”
http://thequietus.com/articles/12279-scaramanga-six-phantom-head-review

LOUDER THAN WAR said: “The guitars are tight, the melodies are memorable and effective and the production is spot on”
http://louderthanwar.com/the-scaramanga-six-phanthom-head-album-review/

PURE RAWK said: “Think bands like Magazine and Wire or even Bowie’s Berlin output with a fixation on death, murder and dystopia and you wouldn’t be far off the mark. Unsettling, but brilliant stuff”
http://www.purerawk.com/2013/04/16/album-review-scaramanga-phantom/

UNPEELED said: “A top notch, modern rock record”
http://www.unpeeled.net/albums.html

SOUNDSPHERE said: “The Scaramanga Six produce a sound which conveys similarities to The Stranglers at their best and vocals as powerful as Bowie back in the day”
http://www.soundspheremag.com/reviews/cd/cd-review-the-scaramanga-six-phantom-head/

CONTACT MUSIC said: “If you like your music somewhat dark and bizarre, Phantom Head has a great deal to offer you”
http://www.contactmusic.com/album-review/the-scaramanga-six-phantom-head-album-review

COUNTERFEIT MAGAZINE said: “Highly recommended”
http://www.counterfeitmag.co.uk/reviews/the-scaramanga-six-phantom-head-wrath-records/

ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS said: “After listening to the album, we can safely say that this album is one huge, often sad, dark and angry rant! And it’s something that we love.”
http://www.entertainment-focus.com/music-review/the-scaramanga-six-phantom-head-album-review/

MY DAD ROCKS said: “It’s this kind of touch and skill, in both delivery and recording, that means this album rates highly amongst the swathe of indie rock offerings out recently”
http://www.mydadrocks.co.uk/indie-music-reviews/3477-album-review-scaramanga-six-phantom-head-wrath-records-out-now.html

ROOM 13 said: “Eclectic brilliance! 11/13”
http://www.roomthirteen.com/cd_reviews/13264/Scaramanga_Six__Phantom_Head.html

BEAT 2 A CHORD said: “Hats off to them”
http://beat2achord.com/the-scaramanga-six-phantom-head/

7 BIT ARCADE said: “While some bands falter with age, and some just fade away, there’s no such fate for the Morricones & Co., who simply go from strength to strength”
http://www.7bitarcade.com/music/article/the-scaramanga-six-phantom-head/

SLOUCHER said: “Fuck being subtle”
http://sloucher.org/2013/04/12/the-scaramanga-six-phantom-head/

SOUNDBLAB said: “The album’s energy-levels are frequently manic, and you can positively feel the intelligence of its makers behind the riffs.”
http://soundblab.com/content/content/view/id/5150

What do you think? Send your comments in a stamped addressed envelope to: The Scaramanga Six Crawly-bumlick competition, PO BOX 66.6and a half, Nempnet Thrubwell. You could win a yacht or something.

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PRE-ORDER ‘PHANTOM HEAD’ RIGHT HERE!

I told you we would tell you how to pre-order our new opus, so here it is. Please use the Paypal button below to pre-order your CD copy of ‘Phantom Head’ or the link to get the digital version through iTUnes – the release date is 01/04/13, but we’ll try to get any pre-orders out to you as soon as we get the merchandise, which may even be before that date.

PRE-ORDER ‘PHANTOM HEAD’ CD album – £10.00 (plus £1 P+P):





PRE-ORDER ‘PHANTOM HEAD’ Digital album through iTunes – £7.99:

http://tinyurl.com/Scaramanga6

We thank you.

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The Scaramanga Six 2013

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Phantom Head is coming…..

It gives us great pleasure to finally announce the release of our new album ‘PHANTOM HEAD’.

For this, our seventh studio album, we decided to make an ambitious pilgrimage to Chicago Illinois to record with the best engineer in the world, Mr Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, The Stooges, Shellac etc etc) in his own Electrical Audio studio. To get that authentic ‘Albini sound’, the recordings were all done completely live with minimal overdubs onto 2” tape using all analogue equipment and the bare minimum of post-production. To add further ambition to the project, we decided to bolster our aural assault squad with a second drummer (Stephen Gilchrist) and piano player (Gentleman James Kenosha), making this the first actual 6-piece Scaramanga Six line-up for many years.

Phantom Head will be released on 12” Vinyl, CD and digital formats on 01/04/13 by Wrath Records, with distribution through The Genepool. More details on how to pre-order will follow.

The album will contain 12 brand new tracks – the entire output from our Chicago sessions, and despite the swollen ranks, the resulting recordings will be our most spacious, bleak and intense yet.

To mark this announcement, you can hear a track from the album at the Soundcloud link below courtesy of our PR partners, I Like Press. The song is called ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ – a fast and twitchy affair featuring the double-drummer onslaught and some seriously scratchy guitars with gnarly subject matter that comes on like some kind of fictitious episode of CSI:Huddersfield.

The Scaramanga Six – ‘Blunt Force Trauma’:

https://soundcloud.com/i-like-press/the-scaramanga-six-phantom

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Leeds Empire MS Society benefit gig

A night of awesomeness coming up soon:

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Septembery Greetings

Apologies for the radio silence from the mouthpiece of Huddersfield’s infamous tyrannopop group, THE SCARAMANGA SIX, of recent. We have recoiled and have been languishing like a freshly-fed snake following our strike across the Atlantic for the recording session with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Thank you once again to those of you who helped with our appeal to make up the funding shortfall – you have helped to make this reality.

We’ve been meaning to tell you all how it went – the answer is ‘swimmingly’. The entire album plus (and we mean this literally) whistles and bells completely recorded in the space of 5 days. The rough cuts we have straight off the desk thus far are sounding more bleak and immense than we could have ever hoped for. The ambitious attempt of incorporating a second drummer and extra piano-player into the line-up has been successfully realised as all tracks for the album were recorded more-or-less live with Mr Albini’s trademark grit. It’s going to be clattering and intense. A total of 12 new songs have been put out of their misery onto 2” tape. You can find a few dog-eared photos of our adventure on the Six Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/thescaramangasix/photos – and don’t forget to ‘like’ us (if that’s possible) if you haven’t already.

Chicago – now that’s my kind of town. The plan ahead is that Morricones, Paul & Steven will be heading back over there at the start of November to celebrate their joint birthday and spend a further few days mixing the new recordings. The results of our endeavours should start to leak out at the end of this year with a full album release planned for early 2013. How, who, what, when and why will be advised in due course.

In the mean time, we have a handful of public appearances planned – details as ever in ‘appearances’. All in the Yorkshire area I’m afraid, but rest assured we should have some shows further afield in the future to help promote the album – let us know if you can set us up in your manor.

Steven/Paul/Julia/Gareth/Stuffy/James
c/o
The Scaramanga Six

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Postcards from the Windy City

The Scaramanga Six are currently ensconced in the legendary Electrical Audio studio in Chicago putting together their new magnum opus with Mr Steve Albini.  They have even taken some pictures as evidence, and these are they:

Band in Control Room

The Drum Zone, photographed from a vertiginous height

A giant bell that will be involved in the recording process

The bare bones of all twelve tracks have now been laid down.  Vocals, guitar extras, piano, stylophone, organ and that massive bell are next to be added.  YOU will hear more about the creation of the new album in due course.

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