The hideous transformation of the new album

Drear all,

On Friday 19th November The Scaramanga Six left the studio for what would be the final time for this record. The last song for the new album had just been mixed and there was an air of jubilation, exhaustion, relief and victory. This has been an extremely long road which has taken it’s toll on the band. It was over four years ago that we went to the field-in-the-middle-of-nowhere where we had become accustomed to recording with our mentor Sir Tim Smith to start what would be our third long player with him. In true tradition we were still finishing off ‘The Dance Of Death’ as we started this album, eager to get the ball rolling with new material. Over the next two years the band would sporadically appear in Wiltshire where Tim’s magical studio sat waiting and chip away at fourteen or so tracks to make what was pencilled as ‘A Pound Of Flesh’. The distance and time between each session meant that things went very slowly. As the recordings became clearer and more complete a single ‘Walking Through Houses/I Can See A Murder’ appeared as a precursor to the final album. Then tragedy struck.

As you may know, Sir Tim ¬†fell very ill. Just at this point things were coming together. We had started mixing the tracks and were about to put in a final charge to the finish line. Everything stopped and ‘A Pound Of Flesh’ fell silent. We can look back at this now and know that in the grand scheme of things the personal endeavour of these recordings were nothing compared to the journey and struggle that faced Tim and indeed still does. We simply couldn’t go back to these recordings without him and recoiled to contemplate what to do next.

Some people look at such adverse circumstances and give it all up as a bad lot. The Scaramanga Six decided the best way to act was to fight fire with fire. In no time we found ourselves with an album of new material recording in Humberside with former cohort James Kenosha at his studio for what would become ‘Songs Of Prey’. This new album had leap-frogged the material left behind in Witshire and appeared as the band’s fifth long player early in 2009 with a raw urgency. We wanted to pay tribute to the man who had inspired us and felt that to carry on with as much bombast as possible was the best way.

Time passed and thoughts fell once again to new material. As we started bashing out new songs we knew that something wasn’t quite right – there was a feeling of unresolve. We had ‘a lost album’ and it suddenly hit us all. Could we simply ignore the wealth of music and love we had created with Sir Tim? No. It was at this point early on this year that we decided to start our missing album again in it’s entirety from scratch. A few of the songs were live regulars but the bulk of the material had to be revisited and relearned. Instead of a backwards step we found that we were breathing new life into songs we had previously slid under a carpet and what’s more there was a eagerness to see this album to a natural conclusion. In May 2010 the band entered 2Fly Studios in Sheffield with Alan Smythe at the helm for what would be a remake of ‘A Pound Of Flesh’ from nothing. Alan could draw upon a wealth of experience to capture us as we are and turn it into something new again. It felt strange at first. These were songs we had heard over and over a few years before and we were playing them all again. But instead of a turgid process of replication we found ourselves reigniting the flame we had then adding more and more to it. Over the next six months the band chipped away a day or two at a time to complete the recording. The core of Julia, Steve, Paul and Gareth laid down the tracks and were joined on occasion by Chris Catalyst on keys as well as Lesley and Lins on Violin and Cello. The ‘Fucking Brasstards’ horn section work of Paul, Steve, Rob Paul Chapman and Pat Herb Fulgoni were the only thing salvaged from the previous recording sessions. Finally musical inventor Thomas Truax made a guest appearance adding the hornicator, Stringaling and ‘Dracula’s Eyeball’ to the album.

Someone recently commented that to have to start a work again must have been some kind of bad omen. A curse. But when have we ever had an easy time of things? Every performance or practice seems to be a battle against adversity just to get four people in a room together. Yet we still do it. We believe we are equally blessed and cursed. Doomed to face hurdles in circumstance and frustration in the mediocrity we find ourselves against. But ultimately blessed because with every chord and every beat we transport ourselves into a higher place.

This new album awaits mastering and there will be the usual last-minute running order changes as the artwork and packaging of the record materialises. It will be The Scaramanga Six’s sixth studio album and has a new somewhat appropriate name. ‘Cursed’.

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Free Compilation: ‘An Introduction to The Scaramanga Six’

Hi Readers,

We have created a compilation of tracks from releases by The Scaramanga Six 1995-2010. It forms a ‘best of’ that should give the uninitiated a real flavour of the recorded output of the band over the years. Get yourself an education in one of the most creative and prolific underground rock bands of the decade.

Simply visit our page on Bandcamp at thescaramangasix.bandcamp.com – 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 then please go and buy our albums at http://www.wrathrecords.co.uk/produc.htm or download on iTunes etc.

It was pretty impossible to come up with a list of tracks that sum us up so hopefully this compilation should give you a good look through what we’ve done so far in advance of our new album ‘Cursed’ which will be released early in 2011.

Please share and enjoy!

The Scaramanga Six

New Album Announcement + Norway dates

Hello folks,

Here is a quick round up of recent news and forthcoming activity from the band who slay when they play The Scaramanga Six.

After a brief sabbatical to become a dad Gareth the twatter of drums returns to twat the drums as the band start gigging again. Many thanks go to Stuffy Gilchrist who has stepped in for a few appearances of late. We have just played a few blinders recently, notably a support to the newly reformed and utterly magnificent Ultrasound as well as one or two London appearances where we actually had a good time and a great audience. Some more very interesting gigs coming up though…

First up The Scaramanga Six will be appearing evil at The Well, Leeds on 15th October supporting the irrepressible Gold Blade. Come and marvel at the eternal fitness of John Robb as well as us. Then it is a welcome short return to the southern edges of Norway for a couple of gigs: Sakura Sessions, Birkeland Nov 12th and Tribute, Sandnes Nov 13th. Last time we played we marvelled so much at the beauty of the country and the people that we had to be sheperded back onto a plane at Stavanger by nordic skiiers. We also nearly broke Steve with a particularly late night session drinking what can only be described as liquid Fishermans Friend. Finally The Six will perform at Santiago’s in Leeds towards the end of November.

Whilst the summer scalded all and sundry, The Six were boarded up in a sweaty recording studio working on the next long player. It is now completely recorded and the mixing is half way there. We can confirm that this album will be the most pompous thing we have ever recorded complete with brass and string sectionas as well as a menagerie of other guest instruments including a flexitone, a q-chord and a hornicator. We can reveal that the album, The Scaramanga Six’s sixth studio album, will be called ‘CURSED’. All in all a massive fourteen tracks have been captured for this record – we will wait to see if all appear at once. For any regualr gig attendees there are a few familiar songs from the set as well as a raft of other dark brooding tracks. More details on the release of the album will follow as and when we know…

Finally, it has to be said that with every new piece of work comes even greater renewed entheusiam for this juggernault of a band. We are already working on new new materail for a follow up and seem to play with even more urgency and aplomb than ever, thanks in part to some incredible love and hysterics from audiences and friends. Please keep with us – we will never dissapoint you!

See you all soon,

Julia, Steve, Gareth & Paul.
The Scaramanga Six

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