Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Scissor decade! Tenth anniversary of our first gig!

Ten whole years ago this very day, The Scissors played their first ever gig! Has it really been that long? Back then, we were a trio of Stewart, Toby and original drummer Dan Sly (pictured).
Many thanks to Richard Rose who booked us for that first ever gig, at the now vanished Cellar Bar 8, round the back of the Grafton Centre. What a place (with a lap dancing club adjoining)!
Sadly I couldn't locate footage of that early gig, but here's a pretty early track, the original demo version of Lucy for London...

Many thanks to everyone who's stuck with us over the decade, we couldn't have done it without you! Onwards, to the next ten years! Or hundred!!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

'Malawi' charity album out!

German Shepherd Records' new charity album, fighting famine in Malawi, is out now (and features a brand new track from us)!

Here's more about it...

'Malawi is in a state of emergency and facing its worst food crisis in many years. Parents are unable to feed their children and millions are going hungry.

A horrible combination of floods and drought throughout Southern Africa has devastated crops, leaving many families on the brink of starvation. It’s only set to get worse over the coming months. During this time of crisis a daily meal is a vital lifeline for vulnerable children in desperate need of nourishment.

In April, the President of Malawi declared a state of national disaster. 6.5 million people are facing chronic hunger. Severe droughts have left the country short of one million tonnes of maize needed to feed its people in the months ahead. The government of Malawi estimates that more than eight million people – half the country’s population – could need food aid by the end of 2016.

£12.20 is all it costs for the charity Mary's Meals to feed a child for a whole school year. We are asking you to donate a minimum of £3 for this album which will include music we have previously released as well as brand new tracks - all money raised after Bandcamp and Paypal fees will be then sent via Mary's Meals to Malawi'

Get it here

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Salford Music Festival! and Malawi!

We're thrilled to be playing at The Eagle in Salford this Friday (30 September) as part of Salford Music Festival! Now in its seventh year, this grass roots, no-nonsense event, is part of the musical life blood of the city. Bob of Aural Delights has more info on his blog...

We're on a great bill alongside The Junta, Cambridge's Bouquet of Dead Crows, and Kit B. And it's free entry!

We'll also be promoting the forthcoming 'Malawi' famine-busting charity compilation out on 1 October on German Shepherd Records, which features (among other delights) a brand new track from ourselves, 'Glossy Magazines'. It's a song you might be familiar with if you've been to any of our gigs this year, and we're very proud to have it included on this worthwhile album.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Summer's not over yet!

Pic by Donna
Big thanks to all who came to the Portland on Saturday and made the psych-punk-fest that was The Machismo's last stand such a great night! The Moonstrips were on top mind-melting form, and C John Freeborn also dazzled with his intricate wordsmithing and guitar sounds!

But summer's not over yet! Next up we're excited to be back on the bill at a great little festival not far from Ely - Knackfest 2016 is at Karma Farm on 20-21 August, with some great acts in a truly lovely location (Karma Farm). Book your pitch for Sat 20th August, or make a full weekend of it and arrive on Fri 19th, by emailing karmafarmcampsite@gmail.com and quote "Knackfest" to make your booking, or stay on for longer and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Isleham Fen. Please note places are limited to around 100 people for camping. Music all day Saturday, with further open mic acoustic slots on Sunday lunchtime weather permitting - bring your instruments! KF is self-catering, local shops/farm shop nearby. Real ale on site this year! Donations encouraged at £5 pp so the organisers can pay some basic expenses, otherwise it's just camping fees to Karma Farm. Book a yurt if not already taken? Kids welcome!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Machismos, Moonstrips and more!

We're proud to be playing with amazing psychedelicists Moonstrips, and the legendary Machismos on 30 July at Cambridge's Portland Arms! The night will be compared by Virgil deVoyde, and all proceeds go to Down Syndrome Association.
£3 entry on the door

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Pond Life at Strawberry Fair

We're delighted to be playing Rebel Arts Radio's 'Pond Life' Stage at this year's Strawberry Fair!
We're on at 12 noon, ahead of a whole bunch of amazing bands - it's going to be a fantastic afternoon at the Pond!