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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’:
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.
The Scaramanga Six
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.
The Scaramanga Six come to you cap-in-hand with a favour to ask. I think you may know where this is leading…..
In our last annoucement, we explained about our drum-twatter, Mr Gareth Champion and his emergency Appendectomy ordeal a few weeks back. His recovery from some serious complications around this was looking good, but then a more rampant infection set in a few days ago that hospitalised him once more, scuppering his ability to join us on the voyage to Chicago which was planned to take place next week.
He’s back on the mend, but as a show of solidarity for our fallen comrade we have decided that it is best to re-schedule the trip to Chicago to record our new album at Electrical Audio Studios to later in the year, rather than proceed with the original booking sans Gareth. It has been a bit of a complex juggling act, but we have found a slot that is feasible for all members of the band, and also the studio (with their brilliantly kind level of understanding and flexibility) in July. This will mean taking an extra hit on the costs of re-arranging flights.
Despite our suave appearance and lavish musical arrangements, it seems that our bank balance doesn’t match the luxurious demeanour of our little band. Pride can be one of the most stubborn and costly of qualities – thus far it has stood us in good stead musically, but it has come to a point with this new album project where we must cast this aside and ask for your help to fund this last logistical aspect. We’re not really in the habit of burdening you, our dear friends, with anything more than the end results of our creative flights-of-fancy and have taken all financial responsibility for previous productions squarely on our own chins. But we must continue with our fiendish plan to delivery to you what we think will be our best long-player to date.
In order to help us with this project, there are a few things you can do:
1. Order any physical copies of our back catalogue direct from our shop on this website:
As you know, we are in the (semi)fortunate position of running our own label, Wrath Records so any influx of sales will be able to be put wholly into the new album project, with no deductions (apart from small Paypal fees of course).
2. Order any digital copies of our back catalogue direct from our Bandcamp page:
3. Simply make a donation to the ‘SIX APPEAL’ by clicking on the Paypal button that appears under this message – the amount is set to £5, so if you want to donate more, then please just multiply the amount of items in the order.
SIX APPEAL Paypal Donation:
What we can offer in return is something we’ve never done on any of our previous albums – a credit in the sleeve notes to thank you. For anyone who donates or purchases our wares to the value of £5 or over, we will gratefully list you in the album credits, where you will appear alongside ourselves and Mr Steve Albini who will be engineering the whole shebang.
We thank you in advance.
Just a quick one to say that unfortunately our extravaganza at The Well in Leeds this coming Saturday has been cancelled. We are not in the habit of pulling things at the last minute, but there has been a combination of factors that has led to the postponement of this event by the promoter – mainly a cancellation by the support act and a difficulty in securing a sound guy/door guy for the night.
Also, our ‘lead drummer’, Mr Gareth Champion has just undergone an emergency appendectomy and is currently recuperating at home, trying not to be jumped on the stomach by his little boy. He’s going to be out of commission for a few weeks, but fingers crossed may be well enough to rejoin the action for the Huddersfield gig on the 11th March. Get well soon Gareth – anyone wishing to offer get well messages or simply point a virtual finger of cruel gloating his way, please reply to this post.
Many apologies to any of you who were planning to come down and watch us rock – we will re-schedule another Leeds date for some time in the nearly future.
Steve of The Six
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
Doors: 8pm Price: £4
SUNDAY 11TH MARCH – The Parish, HUDDERSFIELD
Fatcat bookings present:
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
From about 7pm onwards. Free entry.
Please spread this news around like jam on hot, buttery toast.
Happy New Year to you and yours,
Everyone’s favourite evil poplords, THE SCARAMANGA SIX, return for the first gig of 2012 in Leeds – after hiding away in our secret underground base for the Xmas period to work on a dearth of intense new material in readiness for the next album caper later on in the year, a lot of which you can expect to hear at this very gig.
This gig will also be special as it will be the debut of our new double-drummer line-up as we welcome Stephen ‘Stuffy’ Gilchrist back into the fold on 2nd drum kit. The end result is aurally IMMENSE, believe you me. Details:
SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY – The Packhorse, LEEDS
THE SCARAMANGA SIX
We know you’ll probably all have school the next day, but we’d love to see you down there nonetheless.
It is with great pleasure that I can announce the immediate release of a new single by the UK’s most prolific and consistent underground rock band, THE SCARAMANGA SIX. Taken from our current album, ‘Cursed’, we have selected a song which has been a staple of our furious live set for some time. So, do you want trouble?
Well, you’re going to get TROUBLE!
‘Trouble’ is a 4-minute rock & roll rampage that incorporates a full brass-section into the band’s already dense sound. ‘Over-the-top’ is probably understating it somewhat – definitely not a theme tune for the dour or joyless. Despite the initially aggressive tone to the lyrics, the song is actually a word of warning to those who attract carnage. To quote an old Chinese proverb, ‘The sparrow never lands where the tiger roams’
The release is backed by our version of the Cardiacs classic song, ‘Everything Is Easy’, which was recently included on the very limited edition loyal companion album to ‘Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute to Tim Smith’. We were honoured to be asked to contribute to this marvellous project and would encourage you to get hold of the main album NOW if you haven’t already done so.
The single is available RIGHT NOW as a ‘pay what you like’ download on our Bandcamp site here:
All proceeds from this release will go directly to help our good friend and mentor, Tim Smith, on his continued path to recovery, so please dig deep.
The single release is also accompanied by the completion of a glam-tastic new POP VIDEO. Follow these links and you will be greeted by possibly the most ridiculous visual spectacular ever to be put to one of our songs, all courtesy of our very own Paul Morricone on direction duties. Watch it right now here – you will not believe your own eyes:
We would like to thank our video stars, Maria Millionaire, Gisele Batrice, Pixie Munroe & Belle Rouge for a truly ferocious performance. Also, the crew on the shoot: Chris Brearley, Ben Daure & Phil Whitehead.
One final thing – we rely on the support of you, our friends and Sixophants, to help spread the word about our deeds. Please feel free to share, forward and post news of this single/video on any site or network you can. We really appreciate the support and hope to reward you with even more relentless evil pop in the future.