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EDITORS’ NOTES

The joyfully overblown music of Foxy Shazam scales heights of pomp-rock excess rarely ascended since the heyday of Queen. On their self-titled major label debut, the Cincinnati-based quintet constructs tunes heavy on bone-shaking beats, florid guitar licks and flashy keyboard tickling. Singer Eric Nally fully embraces the Freddie Mercury school of operatic projection, with hints of Dee Snider-style hysteria thrown in. Clearly, the spirit of Queen hovers over such brazen effusions as “Oh Lord,” “Unstoppable” and “The Only Way to My Heart…” But Nally and his crew have found new ways to tease and tweak their listeners as well — “Wanna-Be Angel,” for instance, is a personal manifesto of defiance addressed to the tastemakers of the current rock scene. “Bye Bye Symphony” captures Foxy Shazam at their most expansive, packing in a suite’s worth of ideas into 4:04 minutes. “Evil Thoughts” allows Nally an extended moment of faux-confession over pianist Sky White’s piano flourishes. The manic enthusiasm of the group transforms their songs from clever pastiches into irresistible entertainment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The joyfully overblown music of Foxy Shazam scales heights of pomp-rock excess rarely ascended since the heyday of Queen. On their self-titled major label debut, the Cincinnati-based quintet constructs tunes heavy on bone-shaking beats, florid guitar licks and flashy keyboard tickling. Singer Eric Nally fully embraces the Freddie Mercury school of operatic projection, with hints of Dee Snider-style hysteria thrown in. Clearly, the spirit of Queen hovers over such brazen effusions as “Oh Lord,” “Unstoppable” and “The Only Way to My Heart…” But Nally and his crew have found new ways to tease and tweak their listeners as well — “Wanna-Be Angel,” for instance, is a personal manifesto of defiance addressed to the tastemakers of the current rock scene. “Bye Bye Symphony” captures Foxy Shazam at their most expansive, packing in a suite’s worth of ideas into 4:04 minutes. “Evil Thoughts” allows Nally an extended moment of faux-confession over pianist Sky White’s piano flourishes. The manic enthusiasm of the group transforms their songs from clever pastiches into irresistible entertainment.

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3:20
3:21
3:46
4:04
3:33
3:59
4:10
3:27
4:43
3:58
4:17
3:36
3:07
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About Foxy Shazam

Foxy Shazam's music is an unhinged, maniacal mix of piano, guitar, howling vocals, double-kickdrum percussion, and rock & roll theatrics. The quintet hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, where bandmates Eric Nally (vocals), Loren Turner (guitar), Daisy (bass), Sky White (piano), and Joe Halberstadt (drums) first joined forces in 2004. Recording sessions for The Flamingo Trigger began that year and stretched into early 2005, and Foxy Shazam supported the album's June release with a series of headlining show dates. New Weatherman Records took an interest in the band's rambunctious, genre-melding sound, and Foxy Shazam signed to the label before entering the studio for a second time. Released in partnership with Ferret Music, Introducing Foxy Shazam arrived in early 2008. The next year the band made the juimp to the big leagues, signing on with Sire Records and releasing its third album, the eponymous Foxy Shazam, in 2010. The album was well-received, and Foxy Shazam broke onto the Billboard charts for the first time at number 151. In 2012 the theatrical rockers released their fourth album, The Church of Rock and Roll. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Cincinnati, OH
  • FORMED
    2004

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