The Joyzine Advent Calendar – 24 Days of Free Music Downloads! #7 – The Scaramanga Six

Yesterday we were treated to a trio of tunes by the lovely folk at Blang Records, with festive exclusives from Sergeant Buzfuz, Paul Hawkins (Awkward Silences) and Faux Fibbers. Today we’ve a track from an album that looks certain to feature in our best of 2021 list come the end of the year.

As always, the tracks are completely free to download and there’s no need to sign up to any mailing lists to access the songs (though if you’d like to you can join ours here), but if you’re enjoying the tunes we’d love you to make a donation to the wonderful charity Help Musicians, who offer health and welfare support to musicians at all stages of their lives.

Let’s see who’s behind today’s window…

We’re an excitable bunch here at Joyzine, as evidenced by Andrew Wood’s recent review of The Scaramanga Six‘s new album Worthless Music, which led him to declare “They are the greatest band in the world“, having previously decreed in a review of the album’s lead single ‘Horse With No Face’ that “They should be hoisted high on our shoulders and paraded through the streets every year on what I am henceforth going to call Scaramanga Sunday.

And if that’s not got you excited about today’s Advent Calendar offering, I’m not sure what will. Let’s hand over to Steven Morricone of The Six to introduce the track ‘Dog Form’, taken from the new LP:

This song was written almost entirely on the bass – one of those riff-based tunes that usually goes nowhere, but it seems a cut-and-paste approach with bits of other foetal songs yielded an unexpected result. The howling crescendo of guitars 4 bars in from the start is a blatant attempt at emulating the assault of Sonic Youth, but as with any of our musical Jackdaw-isms it always ends up sounding like something else. All the extra arrangement on this track is lifted directly from the shit Garageband demo done on a phone, including oriental percussion, bad drum machines and a hotel desk bell.

The downtrodden protagonist of this song is based on a ridiculous observation whilst visiting Disneyland with my family – of all the main classic Disney cartoons, it’s still baffling that Goofy is actually a giant anthropomorphic dog, but Mickey Mouse also has a pet dog (Pluto) that is in no way man-like. NOBODY ever questions this. Paul thought he’d try and add to my canine transformation story with some sparse slabs of guitar and wasp synthesiser. Julia then did the same, often hitting her guitar rather than attempting to play it. Gareth came up with the drum fill bit that feels a little bit like the Grandstand theme and Julia doubles the surf lead guitar, again with a wasp synth.

Download ‘Dog Form
If you enjoy this track, please consider making a donation to Help Musicians

Find out more on The Scaramanga Six’s official website and order your copy of Worthless Music on Bandcamp

The Scaramanga Six round of the year with gigs at The Puzzle Hall Community Pub in Sowerby Bridge on 10th December (free entry – details here) and Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on the 11th for The Eureka Machines’ Christmas Shindig (tickets here) before kicking off 2022 with fellow Joyzine faves The Stephen Evens Band at The Parish in Hudderfield on 14th January (tickets here).

Come back tomorrow for more exclusive tracks + check out the tracks from previous windows, all of which are still available to download:

#1: Piney Gir – Everybody Knows It’s Christmas
#2: Lost Map Records: Gordon McIntyre – You and Me and The Ghosts of Christmas Past
#3: Hey You Guys! – I’m Sorry, Peter With Rosie – The Oxen + Peter Richard Adams – The Roaring Twenties
#4: Salt The Snail – Matador Print
#5: Dead Horse – Eating The Reindeer
#6: Blang Records: Sergeant Buzfuz – In The Bleak Midwinter, Paul Hawkins (Awkward Silences) – Christmas Doesn’t Love Me, Faux Fibbers – All The Nutters Come Out At Christmas

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