"Paying the Piper at the Gates of Dawn"

I had really meant to get this post up a little sooner, but you know, things happen.

Psychedelic prog-rockers Bigelf released their new album, Cheat the Gallows, last Tuesday. This disk, like their previous release, Hex, is a mix of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath, resulting in a sound the band has referred to as The Evil Beatles. Blabbermouth.net: “If Bigelf did exist in the heyday of ELO, Queen, or ‘Ziggy Stardust’-era David Bowie, not only would Bigelf be mentioned in the same breath as those acts... they'd give ‘em a fucking run for their money.”

One of the funniest – and probably most revealing – things I’ve read about Bigelf is that they are 30 years behind and five years ahead of what’s happening in music. “Our genetic codes are from the great ones, the great acts and rock groups of the past,” singer Damon Fox said in a recent interview. “We’ve been exploring taboo grounds for a long time, and the oxygen is really thin up here. It’s a very high mentality, and there’s very little room for error. When you get into those psychedelic and progressive rock categories, you’re battling some of the greatest shit that ever existed, so you’re either going to be great, or you’re going to suck.”

Bigelf worked with former 4 Non Blondes front woman Linda Perry on Cheat the Gallows, which was released on Perry’s Custard label. She also contributes vocals on a couple of the songs. The first single, which coincidently is also my post today, is a song titled “Money, It’s Pure Evil.” It’s a look at the dark side of fame and the people who get caught up in the Hollywood dream. Or, as Fox describes it, “The train’s off the track, but people are too busy looking at it to do anything about it.”

Money, It’s Pure Evil.mp3

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