After witnessing my first BigElf live experience the previous week on the Progressive Nation Tour, there was no way I was going to let this headline show slip. Having recently signed a deal with Powerage Records in the U.K things are looking good for this much underrated unique band. If you've not claimed witness to how devastating this band is live then where the hell have you been?
With his two tons of keyboard equipment taking center stage, Damon Fox strides out with his signature Madhatter Top Hat and begins to perform what can only be classed as keyboard athletics. With arms legs and feet performing a sound akin to a heavy metal evil version of The Beatles, this band performs out of their skins. With a voice not too far off an early Ozzy with its own twisted and toned delivery, Fox is simply hand feeding the audience as they stand in sheer delight. It's as if the 80's 90's and 00's never happened as we are transported back to a time of polyester and polygamy, with the dirty distortion of Ace Mark's Gibson/Orange combination and hammering Hammond of Damon Fox pushing through the venue. 'The Evils Of Rock N' Roll' and 'Gravest show On Earth' from their latest opus 'Cheat The Gallows' fill the venue with an eerie pomp that could perform the soundtrack to one of Rob Zombies latest horror offerings.
With a few minor technical difficulties aside, this is a performance that sends ghoulish shivers down the spine and makes your hair stand on end when you know you are witness to something very special indeed. With a medley of 'Money' as an encore the only negative point is that there were less than forty people here to dig the 70's groove and style of BigElf. With a show this energetic and tight in front of so few people BigElf could easily have not bothered putting in any effort. 2010 is the year this band finally breaks through and man do they deserve it, BigElf will be on everyone's lips and turntables next year, if not I'll be a Madhatter!
The Evils of Rock N' Roll
Gravest Show on Earth