Foxy Shazam

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Foxy Shazam
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Genres Experimental rock, glam rock, alternative rock, hard rock, post-hardcore, pop rock, soul
Years active 2004–2014 (hiatus)
Labels Ferret Music, Sire/Warner Bros. Records, I.R.S. Records/EMI
Associated acts Look Afraid, V-MOB, Train of Thought, Tub Ring
Website www.foxyshazam.com
Members Eric Sean Nally
Loren Daniel Turner
Daisy Caplan
Schuyler Vaughn White
Aaron McVeigh
Alex Nauth
Past members Joseph Allen Halberstadt
Elijah Rust
Jamison Pack
Teddy Aitkins
John Sims
Skylyn Ohlenkamp

Foxy Shazam is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio (composed of lead vocalist Eric Nally, guitarist Loren Turner, pianist Sky White, bassist Daisy Caplan, trumpeter and back-up vocalist Alex Nauth, and drummer Aaron McVeigh). They were formed in 2004. The band released their debut album The Flamingo Trigger independently before signing with Ferret Music, under which they recorded their second album, Introducing.[1][2] 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.[3] They announced in October 2014 they were disbanding for an unknown length of time.

Biography[edit]

2003-2004: Train of Thought and the formation of the Foxy Shazam![edit]

In 2003, the original members of Foxy Shazam were naming the group and chose "Train of Thought". At the time, they were creating a much heavier sound for their unofficial debut independent album, called The Flamingo Trigger. They later released a small portion of their first self-released extended play (EP), which were consisted of solely two songs. In 2004, they had decided to change the name of the band to "Foxy Shazam!". On June 15, 2005, the band released their official debut album, titled The Flamingo Trigger. In support of their debut album, the band toured all across the country from 2006 to 2007, where they had been presenting with much more aggressive post-hardcore sounds than their later materials.[citation needed]

2008–09: Signing to Ferret Music and Introducing[edit]

After the band's debut tour, the group announced that they signed a record deal to Ferret Music. On January 22, 2008, they released their second album, titled Introducing. The album was supported by their lead single: "A Dangerous Man". In 2008, they were named as one of the "100 Bands You Need to Know" by Alternative Press, which led the band earning their spots on tours with bands such as The Darkness, The Strokes, The Sounds, 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, to support for their second studio release.[citation needed]

2010: Signing to Sire Records and self-titled album[edit]

Lead vocalist Eric Nally in 2010

In 2010, Foxy Shazam was included on the Spin list of "Ten Bands You Need To Know".[citation needed] The lead vocalist from the band, Eric Sean Nally wrote songs for Meat Loaf's album Hang Cool, Teddy Bear. The band announced that they signed a deal to Sire Records. On February 7, 2010, the band performed their single "Unstoppable" at the Super Bowl XLIV.[4] The track was featured on the NHL 11 video game and it was included on the Cartoon Network's second live-action show Tower Prep as a theme song. The song was also included in a trailer of the movie Your Highness, and the song was featured in a series of the commercials for MLB Network. On April 13, 2010, they released their self-titled third album, Foxy Shazam. The band then performed at Lollapalooza festival. They appeared in many magazines such as Alternative Press and Spin to support the album. The band played a 3-song set on Fuel.tv's The Daily Habit,[citation needed], a 5-song set on shockhound.com[citation needed], as well as performing an acoustic 3-song set for Spin Magazine.[5] In July 2010, the band visited the Chicago's JBTV,[6] where they were interviewed and then they performed live and premiered their exclusive version of "Oh, Lord" to the music discovery app, titled Shazam. The band was later named as the spotlight band for the 2011's Warped Tour.[citation needed]

2011–13: Signing to IRS Records and The Church of Rock and Roll[edit]

On December 5, 2011, Foxy Shazam announced the title to their fourth album, The Church of Rock and Roll, revealed the album's final track listing, along with a cover artwork and the release date for January 2012. On January 24, 2012, they released the album.[7] It included three singles: "I Like It", "Holy Touch" and "Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll". After the band toured, serving as the opening act for The Darkness. Foxy Shazam announced that they would be embarking on a headlining tour starting in April 2012.[8] They then toured as the opening act for Slash on his North American tour dates from September 4 to October 4, 2012.[9]

2014-present: Gonzo and hiatus[edit]

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 on the same 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.[citation needed] The band has released a music video for the single "Tragic Thrill".[10] On October 27, 2014, Foxy Shazam announced on their Facebook page[11] that they were temporarily disbanding, 4 days before embarking on the second US leg of their Gonzo tour. The band stated that they intend to get back together for the unknown future date. In 2015, the former lead vocalist Eric Nally was featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' song "Downtown", the first single from their upcoming second album.

Music style and influences[edit]

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."[12] 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 unique sound that should best be seen live.[13] 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[edit]

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. "Damn, those are some foxy shazams!").[4] In a Rockline radio interview in March 2012, Nally 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.[14]

Members[edit]

Current members
Former Members
  • 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

Timeline[edit]


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[15]
US
Alt.

[16]
US
Rock

[17]
The Flamingo Trigger[18]
Introducing Foxy Shazam[19]
  • Released: January 22, 2008
  • Label: Ferret
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Foxy Shazam
  • Released: April 13, 2010
  • Label: Sire
  • Formats: CD, digital download
151 50
The Church of Rock and Roll
  • Released: January 24, 2012
  • Label: I.R.S.
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
115 24 35
Gonzo
  • Released: April 2, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: LP, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Sales

[20]
US
Act. Rock

[21]
US
Alt.

[22]
US
Main. Rock

[23]
US
Rock

[24]
"The French Passion of Animality Opera" 2005 The Flamingo Trigger
"A Dangerous Man" 2008 Introducing Foxy Shazam
"Wanna-Be Angel" 2009 6 Foxy Shazam
"Unstoppable"[25] 2010
"Oh Lord"[26]
"I Like It" 2011 5 20 5 8 The Church of Rock and Roll
"Holy Touch" 2012 34 39
"Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll" 40
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"The French Passion of Animality Opera" 2005 Donnie Moore
"A Dangerous Man" 2008 Jeremy E. Jackson
"Unstoppable" 2010
"Oh Lord"
"I Like It" 2012 Bill Fishman
"Holy Touch" Shane Valdes
"Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll" Eric Nally
"Tragic Thrill" 2014 Ryan Mackfall

Other appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Walking in the Air" 2009 Gift Wrapped
"Heaven on Their Minds"[27] 2010 Gift Wrapped, Vol. 2: Snowed In
"Drain You"[28] 2011 Newermind: A Tribute to Nirvana
"Downtown"[29] 2015 This Unruly Mess I've Made

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album Review". Drowned in Sound. 
  2. ^ "Album Review". Paper Thin Walls. 
  3. ^ James Shotwell (April 2, 2014). "Foxy Shazam Release New Album, ‘Gonzo’, For Free". Under the Gun Review. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview on November 27, 2007". Absolute Punk. 
  5. ^ "Spin Session". spin.com. 
  6. ^ "JBTV Session". 
  7. ^ "Under The Gun Review". 
  8. ^ "ABQJournal Online". 
  9. ^ "Slash & Foxy Shazam 09/18/12 Hammerstein Ballroom NYC". Concert Confessions. 
  10. ^ Alice Carson. "INTERVIEW: Foxy Shazam Talks Colors and Butt Clouds". Substream Magazine. 
  11. ^ "Foxy Shazam - Mobile Uploads - Facebook". facebook.com. 
  12. ^ "Purple Revolver". 
  13. ^ Alternative Press, issue #264, pp. 58–59.
  14. ^ Foxy Shazam (Bunbury Music Festival). YouTube. 22 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in the United States:
  16. ^ "Foxy Shazam – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ Peak chart positions for albums on the Rock Albums chart in the United States:
  18. ^ "The Flamingo Trigger – Foxy Shazam". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Introducing Foxy Shazam – Foxy Shazam". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Foxy Shazam – Chart History: Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Foxy Shazam – Chart History: Active Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Foxy Shazam – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Foxy Shazam – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Foxy Shazam – Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Unstoppable – Foxy Shazam". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Oh Lord – Foxy Shazam". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Gift Wrapped, Vol. 2: Snowed In – Various Artists". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Newermind: A Tribute to Nirvana". Spin. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Single". Retrieved September 16, 2015. 

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