FOXY SHAZAM S/T CD Review
This MIGHT just be my favorite new band! Foxy Shazam has been around since 2004, but this is my first introduction to them, and holy shit, what an introduction! I may be in love, but I’m not sure…um, uh, he’s hot and all, but he can’t have substance, CAN HE? Oh yes he can, my dear! Foxy Shazam is sexy, smart, deep, and one helluva conversationalist! This Cincinnati, Ohio-based sextet is comprised of Eric Sean Nally (vocals), Loren Daniel Turner (guitars), Daisy (bass), and Alex Nauth (horns), and Aaron McVeigh (drums). This band is one who provides one of those rare convergences of inspiration, nostalgia, and hope for the future in their music. Don’t look at those words like you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about! It’s happened to you before too! Here’s what I mean…I hear their music, and I’m inspired to call everyone I know and write a review to tell the world how freakin’ awesome this band is! Then simultaneously, I feel this sense of nostalgia that takes me back to memories happy days and of seeing my favorite bands live…those bands that I dearly love (and some are now defunct) and it makes me happy and sad all at the same time! Then also simultaneously, I hear them and I feel this hope that the future of music is alive, well, and in good hands…and that a label finally got it ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! So…I’m back to being in love… Foxy Shazam’s music is a unique conglomeration of up-tempo tunes…almost dance at times, but always pop-punk/rock with a tinge of ska. Imagine if The Darkness and My Chemical Romance had a love child and that child hooked up with the love child of Ima Robot and Queen and that child hung out with the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show…the result would be Foxy Shazam! I happen to love each of those elements, so this is sort of a perfect storm of awesomeness for me! The tunes are sonically intense, powerfully infectious, lyrically impressive (check this: “Life is a bitch, but she’s totally doable”), theatrically infused, and musically superb! Eric Sean Nally is vocally spectacular! He has one of those voices that you’ll either love or hate, but there’s no denying it’s truly special…I happen to love it! So now that I’ve gushed for what seems like hours, let me just say that to miss out on this band would be a travesty! Give them a listen…it’s SOOOO going to be worth it! Favorite tunes include “Bombs Away”, “Bye Bye Symphony”, “Teenage Demon Baby”, “Killin It”, “Count Me Out” and “Wanna Be Angel.” Until the album is released, be sure to head to http://www.foxyshazam.com/ and check out their videos! This album is EXTREMELY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Run, don’t walk to your favorite outlet to grab your copy! And if you’ve never seen this band in a live setting…I’d definitely try to find the nearest venue and GO! Lucky fans will get a taste of them on Warped Tour this summer!