Bigelf has broken big to the point that Linda Perry (formerly of 4 Non Blondes) has allowed them to be a focal point of eir Custard Records. Bigelf has been a major force in the United States prog-rock genre for well over a decade, and the added notoriety given â€œCheat The Gallowsâ€ by this bump up in labels will undoubtedly bring many more fans to Bigelfâ€™s side. The disc itself begins with â€œGreatest Show On Earthâ€, a track that creates a very carnival-esque atmosphere that brings with it all the pomp and circumstance of a parade. The rock comes soon after, blending together this atmosphere with a very Arthur Brown-type of approach to the genre.
The drums play a major part in this track, while the act shifts gears a number of times, calling forth acts such as Queen, The Who, and Pink Floyd. Even though the compositions present during the early segment of â€œCheat The Gallowsâ€ â€“ and particularly the aforementioned â€œGreatest Show On Earthâ€ touch upon the seventies, the maturity and talent present in Bigelf make the compositions speak to a current audience. â€œMoney, Itâ€™s Pure Evilâ€ is another stand-out track to be had on â€œCheat The Gallowsâ€. As was the case with â€œGreatest Show On Earthâ€, there is a decided effort by the band to craft a specific way to interpret the track before Bigelf creates the first note. â€œMoney, Itâ€™s Pure Evilâ€ flips the script, adding more than a fair share of â€œPermanent Vacationâ€-era Aerosmith to the mix.
Despite the fact that the tracks on â€œCheat The Gallowsâ€ touch upon seventies and eighties rock, there is still some sense that what the band is doing on tracks like â€œSuperstarâ€ and â€œHydraâ€ is something that is completely of their own creation. There are quite a few individuals that do not know who Bigelf is at this juncture, but hopefully the added notoriety that will be generated by â€œCheat The Gallowsâ€ will ensure that a steady trickle of fans will come to Bigelfâ€™s shows and pick up the bandâ€™s ever-increasing discography.
Top Tracks: No Parachute, Race With Time
Bigelf â€“ Cheat The Gallows / 2008 Custard / 10 Tracks / http://www.bigelf.com / http://www.custardrecords.com /