Over on the LAWeekly blog, Jason Roche writes of how the former Dream Theater drummer—currently in about fifty-eight bands or so—helped inspire Damon Fox to revive Bigelf and finish the recently released Into The Maelstrom:
When Los Angeles prog-rock group Bigelf released their 2008 album Cheat The Gallows, momentum seemed to be on their side. After 15 years of slogging it out in the local scene, the group was gaining support slots on arena-rock tours thanks to their brand of catchy pop-rock melodies filtered through ’70s psychedelia.
The truth? “The band was coming apart,” says Bigelf leader Damon Fox, in conversation at the Canyon Country Store.
The band were dealing with financial difficulties and offstage tension. Fox’s marriage was coming apart, and longtime guitarist Ace Mark left the group in 2010 after the death of his father and birth of his child.
With all of these outside factors coalescing, Fox disbanded Bigelf.
“When you get real low, real dark, and the mojo fades away, you’re not feeling your purpose in life,” Fox says. “The Bigelf purpose went away. At that time, I wasn’t interested in what Bigelf had to offer and there was conflict inside the band.”
Elsewhere, drummer Mike Portnoy was simultaneously going through band friction, a very public departure from Long Island prog-rock greats Dream Theater. Portnoy and Fox had bonded when the more well-known group took Bigelf on the road with them, and stayed in touch during the rough times.
A phone call between the two helped Fox revive Bigelf for Into The Maelstrom – the group’s newest album, which came out yesterday.
Read the entire piece on LAWeekly.com. I’m not very familiar with Bigelf, but will be checking out the new album.
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One listen to big elf and you are back in the seventies polishing your platform shoes and yearning for the new bowie, mott or Sabbath album. Loved Cheat the Gallows. Money its pure evil was a top tune. The new album has a slightly different feel to it and is a great listen