Bigelf Cheats The Gallows

posted July 31, 2008

Bigelf Cheats The Gallows

Psychedelic progressive rock band Bigelf has completed work on its longawaited new album, entitled Cheat the Gallows. The follow up to the band's acclaimed full-length Hex; Cheat the Gallows will see an August 12 release via the Custard label.

Cheat the Gallows was recorded at Kung Fu Gardens studios in North Hollywood and produced by Bigelf frontman Damon Fox. The album features 10 diverse tracks of hallucinatory hard rock, showcasing the band's multi-layered arrangements, rich, sophisticated vocal harmonies and Fox's spectacular dual-Mellotron/Hammond organ/Moog synthesizer saturations. With Cheat the Gallows, Bigelf blends strong post-Hendrix ferocity with a potent post-Beatles tunefulness, resulting in diabolically-heavy pop rife with epic guitars, infectious hooks and unforgettably refined melody patterns that will undoubtedly find appeal with classic hard rock fans, vintage prog-heads and heavy metal enthusiasts alike. An in-studio montage featuring images of the band recording Cheat the Gallows can be viewed online at the band's imeem.

The first single released from Cheat the Gallows is the sensational cut "Money, It's Pure Evil". Lyrically, "Money...î is a philosophical look at how the almighty dollar "changes people" while musically, the track rides on a Lennon-McCartney-infused tidal wave of expression. Check out "Money, It's Pure Evil" now below or at the band's MySpace page.

When asked about the new album, Bigelf frontman/keyboardist Damon Fox comments, "Every decade needs a defining rock opera/concept album to stir the pot and get people inspired about music again. I believe "Cheat the Gallows" is one of those albums."

The final track listing for Cheat the Gallows is as follows:

  1. Gravest Show on Earth
  2. Blackball
  3. Money, It's Pure Evil
  4. The Evils of Rock & Roll
  5. No Parachute
  6. The Game
  7. Superstar
  8. Race With Time
  9. Hydra
  10. Counting Sheep

In support of Cheat the Gallows, Bigelf has announced a string of live performances including a special Los Angeles record release show, set to take place on Wednesday, August 13 at The Roxy. A full listing of upcoming Bigelf live dates follows this message.

Bigelf's mesmerizing live performances -- boasting theatrics reminiscent of rock shows from the 70's -- have seen praise from such music luminaries as Alicia Keys, former Nirvana / current Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, Black Crowes head-honcho Chris Robinson and Serj Tankian of System of A Down (who released Bigelf's second record Money Machine through his own Serjical Strike Records). In 2007, Bigelf teamed with pop superstar Christina Aguilera to record a cover of the John Lennon classic "Mother" for the major benefit-album project "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur".

In addition to Fox, Bigelf features Ace Mark (guitars), Duffy Snowhill (bass) and Froth (drums).

Audio: Bigelf - "Money, It's Pure Evil"
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