Let me put my realtor hat on for a second to say this: Location, location, location. Now I’ll take the hat off and reason with you: Small-town bands are always at a disadvantage for reasons that are pretty self-explanatory. A smaller population equals smaller chances that population has people who are interested in your music. This makes a band that experiences success despite this all the more interesting.
I completely support that Rigoletto will have that story one day, starting with its EP Prodigal Again. From the first track, you can catch the general feel of the EP: beautiful and dark. From the second track, you can gather that this band is not your ordinary small-town semi-serious band. The third track locks you in – entitled “An Enemy Did This,” it has a La Dispute and/or Mewithoutyou feel, thanks to the dissonant ambience of the song paired with spoken poetry.
If you are looking for catchy tracks, “Lamp Post” is where it’s at. The guitar work frames the bluesy mood of the song, both musically and melodically. This song is also the most complex when it comes to individual pieces. It shows the talent through the well-intertwined medley that flows very smoothly from piece to piece. If you like beautiful lyrics, every song will have sometime to please you, though “Sugar” stands above the rest. “I know I’ve got a sinner’s heart, but I know I’ve got a home in you” frames the ideologies of Rigoletto well without going overboard.
In general the individual artists of the band are all extremely talented, and throughout Prodigal Again they frame their talent in parallel ways, in addition to choosing good string placement. There is never too much drumming or too much guitar in a song; it is all very evened out and well-played. Rigoletto is well on its way to being a small-town band with a big story if it can keep up this work.