They are like the thrilling rock opera black sheep sibling to the red carpet glitz of the West End, but with no less pomp.
And now Scaramanga Six fans will be able to delve into the Rocky Horror-esque dark yet wry depths of their finest recent moments, thanks to the release of a new live in session album that has documented two years of non-stop gigs and shenanigans.
Released just shy of the band’s 20th birthday and including live videos, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Morricone, hopes that Scenes of Mild Peril 2013-2014 will at least be a much-welcomed memory job for the band in their twilight years.
“It’s a good thing for us to document as it captures a really good period for the band and also because simply we’ve not got much at all to show for our first six to seven years.
“That’s because we spent a lot of time mucking around and getting drunk - just as all good bands do.
“The album is something fans have been asking us to do - I’m not sure why they want to see us to be honest - but it was a good chance to do something a bit unusual and that we hope our fans will find interesting.
“It documents two very different line ups – from our early 2013 six-piece when we had two drummers and a pianist who are our floating members and our current stripped down four-piece.”
Combining older songs with new releases such as Arabella, it summons up the tense, atmospheric and sometimes seductively sinister sounds that have helped the Huddersfield-made band stand well apart from hum drum main stream rock.
It follows on from 2013’s Phantom Head, which was recorded with one of the most legendary producers of all time, Steve Albini and with the help of their fans, who helped them stump up the cash to make the hop across the big pond to Chicago, ending a short break from their whirlwind touring schedule.
“We’ve just started touring again and it’s been great to get back on the road.
“I’ve moved from Huddersfield back to Weston Super Mare, where I grew up, which came with its challenges at first but has made us even more focused now as a band.
“We live by the old mantra ‘if you want something doing, just do it yourself’, something we showed in Phantom Head which came about after we rang Steve up to ask him if he’d produce for us.
“Now we’re already working on our album for 2015, which is going to take a different path again from what we’ve done before. We like each album to mark a new era in our sound.
“Phantom Head was quite raw but this next one is going to be voluptuous, with some heavy arrangements – but it’s still going to be furious in sound, of course.
“Instead of writing most pieces on guitar we’re using a piano and some different styles – we’ve been working with a musical saw player, Rhodri Marsden and a cellist, for two and there’s going to be an element of Burt Bacharach in it too, so expect something a bit barmy.”
And for those wondering what acts as the catalyst behind Scaramanga Six’s inspiration, it is the almost spiritual like pilgrimages up mountains, where they get up close and personal to rock of a totally different kind.
“We’ve been all over the place, even including the Three Peaks – Mount Snowdon was one of the most memorable.
“I think by looking at bits of rock it somehow helps us to galvanise the rock we produce.
“We’re into rock of all kinds - it’s about time we had more rock band hikers around.”
Setting off on tour with Eureka Machines, they have dug their walking boots in deep on the next stage of their climb to conquer the flamboyant face of rock.