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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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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