Foxy Shazam is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 2004. The band is composed of lead vocalist Eric Sean 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 Records, under which they recorded their second album, Introducing. The following year, the band recorded its first major label record with multi-platinum record producer John Feldmann. Foxy Shazam signed with Sire Records (a subsidiary of Warner Bros. 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.
The band formed in 2005 and toured relentlessly throughout 2006 and 2007 in support of their debut record, The Flamingo Trigger. This album presented a more aggressive post-hardcore sound then their latter material. In 2008, they were named one of the "100 Bands You Need to Know" by Alternative Press. They toured 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 2010, Foxy Shazam was included on the Spin (magazine) 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.
Foxy Shazam previously played the Lollapalooza festival, also appeared in various magazines to help support its latest release, such as Alternative Press and Spin. The band played a 3-song set on Fuel.tv's The Daily Habit Show, performed a 5-song set on shockhound.com, as well as performing an acoustic three-song set for Spin magazine; one of which was a brand-new song titled "I'm in Love with a Boy." 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.
In 2010, Foxy Shazam was named a spotlight band for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.
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.
On October 6, 2011, "I Like It" was released for free on their Facebook page and the new album, The Church of Rock and Roll, was released on January 24, 2012. The album has a more refined, produced sound than previous records and contains 11 songs. They were able to secure the opening slot on a tour with The Darkness, before embarking on their own headlining tour later in April 2012. In the fall of 2012, they were personally chosen by Slash to open for his band Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators on their North American dates from September 4 to October 4.
Music style and influences:
A quotation from lead singer Eric Sean Nally about the band's influence: "When I listen to a Foxy Shazam record I think of Evel Knievel; Bruce Springsteen; my childhood; Van Morrison; my old friends from high school I don't talk to anymore; Elton John; the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and beyond; Iggy Pop; and my first kiss."
Eric Sean Nally said that an album that influenced him was Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. 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