Foxy Shazam is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 2004. The band is composed of lead vocalist Eric Nally, guitarist Loren Turner, pianist Sky White, bass player Daisy, trumpeter and back-up vocalist Alex Nauth, and drummer Aaron McVeigh. The band released their debut album The Flamingo Trigger independently before signing with Ferret Music, under which they recorded their second album, Introducing. The following year, the band recorded its first major label record with producer John Feldmann. Foxy Shazam signed with Sire Records and released its self-titled major label debut in 2010. The band's fourth studio album, The Church of Rock and Roll, was released in January 2012. Gonzo, the band's fifth album, was released April 2, 2014.
Formation and The Flamingo Trigger (2004-2007):
The band formed in 2004 and released their debut record, The Flamingo Trigger, on June 15, 2005. The band toured throughout 2006 and 2007 in support of the record, which presented a more aggressive post-hardcore sound then their later material. At the time of this release the band was officially called "Foxy Shazam!". They dropped the exclamation mark before releasing their second album, Introducing.
Major label signing and Introducing (2008-2009):
Shortly after the conclusion of the band's debut tour, the group began to record with a new record label, Ferret Music. On January 22, the new record was released under the title Introducing, and produced one single, "A Dangerous Man". Later in 2008, they were named one of the "100 Bands You Need to Know" by Alternative Press. The band got spots on tour with bands such as The Darkness, the Strokes, the Fall of Troy, Hole, Portugal. The Man, Tub Ring, the Dear Hunter, Tera Melos, Free Energy, Bad Rabbits, Panic! at the Disco, and the Young Veins in support of the new release.
Sire Records and Foxy Shazam (2010-2011):
In 2010, Foxy Shazam was included on the Spin list of "Ten Bands You Need To Know". Also in 2010, vocalist Eric Sean Nally helped write songs for Meat Loaf's album Hang Cool, Teddy Bear. The band signed with Sire Records to release their third album, Foxy Shazam, on April 13, 2010. The band played the Lollapalooza festival, and also appeared in various magazines to help support the release, such as Alternative Press and Spin. The band played a 3-song set on Fuel.tv's The Daily Habit, performed a 5-song set on shockhound.com, as well as performing an acoustic three-song set for Spin magazine. They also performed a full set, with interview, on Chicago's JBTV in July 2010, and later performed a live and exclusive version of "Oh, Lord" for music discovery app Shazam. Foxy Shazam was later named a spotlight band for Warped Tour 2011. On February 7, 2010, the band's single "Unstoppable" was featured in Super Bowl XLIV. It was featured in the video game NHL 11 and also on the Cartoon Network's second live-action show Tower Prep, as a theme song. It was also in a trailer of the movie Your Highness, and has been featured in a series of commercials for MLB Network.
Signing to IRS Records and The Church of Rock and Roll (2012-2013):
On December 5, 2011, Foxy Shazam announced their fourth studio album, along with a track listing, cover art, and release date. The Church of Rock and Roll was released on January 24, 2012. Three singles were released, including "I Like It", "Holy Touch", and "Welcome To The Church of Rock And Roll". After touring as an opener for the band The Darkness, Foxy Shazam embarked on their own headlining tour later in April 2012. In Fall 2012, they were played as an opener for Slash on his North American tour dates from September 4 to October 4.
On March 12, 2014, it was announced via 96ROCK that the band had completed work on their latest LP and that it would be released later that month. The album's title was announced and it was indicated to be a concept album. On April 2, 2014, the band released Gonzo online for free through Bandcamp. Gonzo is the band's first self-released album since 2005's The Flamingo Trigger. The band recorded the album together live in one room with producer Steve Albini.
Music style and influences:
Many media outlets compare the band to Queen and Meat Loaf because of its use of theatrics and over-the-top lyrics. One live review stated, "If Noel Fielding and Freddie Mercury had a love child it would be Foxy Shazam vocalist Eric Sean Nally." The magazine Alternative Press compared the band to bands like Queen, My Chemical Romance, and The Darkness, while also believing that the band has a very unique sound that should best be seen live. Lead singer of punk rock band The Squids Joey Spatafora has declared Foxy Shazam "The 2nd greatest rock and roll band of all time behind only The Beatles", and predicted Foxy Shazam would be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame the very second that they are eligible in 2029.
Origin of their name:
The band name was claimed to have originated from a slang phrase used by students at vocalist Eric Sean Nally's high school. "Foxy shazams" meant 'cool shoes'. (e.g. "Those are some foxy shazams!"). In a Rockline radio interview in March 2012, Eric stated that this was not the case by saying that the truth is not as interesting as real life. He had been lying about it for 5 years and it just stuck. This was later confirmed by Alex Nauth and Aaron McVeigh in an interview with Norse Media in July 2012.
Eric Sean Nally - vocals,
Loren Daniel Turner - guitars,
Daisy Caplan - bass,
Schuyler Vaughn White - keyboards,
Alex Nauth - horns/backing vocals,
Aaron McVeigh - drums,
Joseph Allen Halberstadt - drums,
Elijah Rust - drums,
Jamison Pack - drums,
Patricio Gutierrez - drums,
Teddy Aitkins - drums,
John Sims - drums,
Skylyn Ohlenkamp - bass,
Dustin Weddle - guitar,
Trevor Erb - bass (tour fill-in),
Ryan Hogle - guitar (tour fill-in),
Baron Walker - bass, keyboards (tour fill-in),
Donnie Moore - keyboards