Worthy of Your Time: The Scaramanga Six

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Surely one of British rock’s best-kept secrets, The Scaramanga Six were formed in deepest darkest Huddersfield in 1995 (at that time under the name of Scaramanga) by vocalists and brothers, Paul and Steven Morricone (guitarist and bassist respectively), and have put out several albums, EPs and singles ever since. Influenced by the likes of The Stranglers and Cardiacs, among many others, they play theatrical rock music pretty much made for the perfect adventure movie soundtrack, and so much more. The line-up is completed by long-time member, guitarist and co-vocalist Julia Arnez, and drummer Maraca Gareth Champion.
Earlier this year, they released their seventh album, ‘Cursed’ to widespread. It captures them once again at their full, bombastic pomp. Plenty of members of the UK music press have heaped praise upon the band for their work and their approach, and have won a great deal many fans in the process. They’ve also shared bills with Electric Eel Shock, The Eureka Machines and many more, exhibiting a live show full of flamboyance and danger.
And what’s more, they’ve done all of this while remaining completely independent. All their releases have been released under their own label, Wrath Records, and Paul even set up his own production company, Poison Pen Films, to handle the band’s music videos. Such an approach has ensured they retain their individuality and possess a level of creativity most bands can only dream of.
The band recently put together a compilation which available via their Bandcamp page either as a free download or a ‘name your price’ purchase. Fittingly entitled ‘An Introduction to The Scaramanga Six’, the compilation covers their career from 1995-2010, and features cracking songs including ‘You Should Have Killed Me When You Had The Chance’, ‘Baggage’, ‘The Poison Pen’ and more.
So what are you waiting for? Get on over to their Bandcamp page now and find out what you’ve been missing out on for the last sixteen years. And then go and buy their proper albums too.
 The Scaramanga Six – The Poison Pen
Peter Clegg

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