Bigelf Week: Final Day
Ace: Definitely the fastest song on "Cheat The Gallows". I'm proud of this one, because it's rocking and heavy, yet very melodic and...musical. In the beginning it used to be just three or four minutes long. Then we added the coda part, then another coda, and after that we put an intro on top of those. I had the opening riff lying around for years, so we added it to the intro and Damon wrote the melody and the lyrics.
Damon: This is a really successful yet unconventional band composition. It started as a song called "Scared To Die", almost with the same type of arrangement; heavy intro, then fast riff*ge. Some of the chords reminded me of a lost Bigelf track named "Evil Eye", so I rearranging some of that to fit in. Funny, I remember Ace always being extra excited about this particular song and as fate would have it, one night before rehearsal he was playing this wicked riff and I said, "Holy s***, what is that?" Later, we scraped the intro for Ace's riff and the real identity of the song started to appear. Lyrically it wasn't clicking for me though, I needed some inspiration. That came in the form of a title, "The Evils Of Rock & Roll" was a band name my friend John Scaglione came up with, it was the name of a side project we had. This was the focus I needed, so I nicked it and the words just spilled out(Thanks John!). Only later did I realize the wordplay coincidence to "Evil Eye". Creepy.
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