Gallowtree Season One

Gallowtree Radio details strange events from a town somewhere in England. These events range from literal identity theft to “homeless zombie scum” taking over the world… so predictable, huh? This is very much a story-driven podcast.

Listener’s should be aware that Gallowtree’s concept is noticeably similar to Night Vale, so if you like that podcast, odds are you will like this one. Basically, it’s as if Night Vale was set in a British horrorshow that’s being run by a mentally disturbed anarchist. Although the setting might turn some listeners off, Gallowtree has high production value and good voice acting.

Despire the limited voice cast, I felt that the narrator had a vivid personality and a very loud, creepy voice that suited the tone wonderfully – in particular, the tone and atmosphere. It does wonder for the tone and atmosphere. The writing is a little fast-paced if one is not paying attention. They could easily miss some really good social commentary and important details into a 1984-esque world.

The show has good pacing and good writing, often making references to problems in contemporary society, such as religion, police brutality, politics, and numerous other topics. The 22-minute format reminds me more of a science fiction TV show on the SyFy network than a podcast.

The background noises are so detailed and precise that it only makes you more involved in the insane world it presents. Small things like the echoing background noises sound more like a disgusting sewer than anything else, with rats scuttling across the floor and vault doors slamming ¬†shut so politicians and zombies can’t get in.

This is obviously a labor of love, as it was made by only a few dedicated people who so obviously love the impact Night Vale had on podcasting and audio storytelling. Anyone who is a fan of creative, creepy stories and excellent social commentary should take a ponder at the British craziness that is Gallowtree.

4/5 Stars

2 thoughts on “Gallowtree Season One

  1. Just a quick note of thanks for your review. It is great that there are people out there who ‘get’ our work and we really appreciate the time and effort you took in promoting our little podcast. The more listeners the better. So an heartfelt ‘thanks’. It would be interesting to know if you have listened to any of the season 2 episodes – all available on itunes and podcast garden (among other places). You also might want to check out our little animated short on youtube. Again, many thanks for your kind and positive words.

    Adam Aardvark and Max Black.
    Creators of Gallowtree

    • Thanks for the appreciation. I’m glad that I can communicate with the creators have a very fine show. I haven’t heard any episodes of season two yet, but I will when I have the time. I will surely check out the animated short as well.

      Good luck on any future endeavors.

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