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THE SCISSORS (UK)

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Psychedelic / Punk / Freakbeat, new wave
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'One of the best live bands in Cambridge.' - Cambridge Music Reviews, March 2016

Carnival freakshow organ, primitive synths, and rock’n’roll guitar powered psychpunkpop.

Their influences are many and varied, but their sound has been likened to: The Teardrop Explodes, The Doors, The Chameleons, Wire, The Damned, Magazine, XTC.

The Scissors' latest album, 'The Scissors Is The Haunted Mirror' is out now on German Shepherd Records (and all usual digital outlets). https://germanshepherdrecords.bandcamp.com/album/haunted-mirror

The Scissors' previous five-track EP 'Afternoons' is available (released 24 Jan 2011)! For more info visit http://www.thescissors.co.uk.


Four piece (Stewart Harris - bass, vocals; Toby Lefever - guitar; Simon Powell - keys; Huw Wallace - drums) The Scissors formed in Cambridge in 2006 as a three-piece; adding keyboards in 2007 to mould the band’s sound into the mix of psych and post-punk that they have continued to develop. The Scissors have played alongside many great acts including Glasvegas, Hey Sholay, The Corrections, ex-Kook Max Rafferty, Make Model, James McCartney (son of Sir Paul), and Jakil. The Scissors have enjoyed warm welcomes in London (Dublin Castle, Camden Enterprise, Hope and Anchor), and in the East of England (The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, Epic Studios in Norwich); they’ve played all over their home town including both the prestigious Cambridge Junction and the Corn Exchange. They're regulars at Mill Road Winter Fair, and on local radio.

Debut album 'Daylight Cinema' still available (last few physical copies!); plus our 'Afternoons' EP from 2011. Go to http://thescissors.bandcamp.com

PRESS

"‘No Go The Lowdown’ is a rocker with a cryptic lyric and the clever effect of all instruments and voice sharing the hook line. We had a brief acoustic interlude featuring antique accordion and acoustic guitar for ‘Attack Of The Phantom Teardrops’ then ‘Phone Calls From The Dead’ and final track ‘Your House Has Ghosts’ are back to noisy pop-rock. Best of all is the slow-burner blues of ‘Why Don’t You Cry’, with theremin textures (always fascinating to watch), guitar fireworks and the vocals from Stewart Harris making the most of the straight to the heart melody.
It was a good advert for the album (although I would have liked to hear the keyboard rushes and emotional turmoil hidden behind the title of of ‘Don’t Hate Me Just Because I’m Yours’).
Their free lyric sheet proclaimed it was ‘a phantasmagorical entertainment to thrill and beguile the senses…’, they certainly proved again that they are one of the best live bands in Cambridge." - Cambridge Music Reviews, 'Haunted Mirror' album launch gig, 12 March 2016

'Rock | Freak-Out | Ska - Coming from Cambridge’s arty rock scene The Scissors burst into swirly Hammond filled Freak-out Pop, with a bouncy Ska edge. Driving and upbeat and uniquely odd, The Scissors will definitely put their own edge to the proceedings!' - Ultrazang, June 2012

'Daylight Cinema is The Scissors' debut offering and has a very late 70's early 80's new wave feel about it. Plenty of energy, songs short and sweet, snappy half snarled vocals over stinging riffs and choppy rhythms, the occasional ska backbeat with psychedelic keyboards swirling behind the mix. Dislodged in time, yet a relevant retro hybrid for the present day, The Scissors clearly have their own sound but the musical references ring loud and clear and the band come over as an amalgam of so many who were around at that time, echoes of The Clash, The Teardrop Explodes, and Echo and the Bunnymen, and even touches of the Doors to go back further – it's quite a mix. Reviewed by Peter Stevenson, Music Maker magazine, May/June 2010

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