Foxy Shazam: Rock's Next Great Glam Hope?

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Superlatives begin to run dry when talking about Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam, who open for Hole tomorrow night at House of Blues. Foxy is a stadium-sized band playing clubs and mid-sized theaters, threatening to burst each venue at the seams during any minute of their hour-long sets.

With this year's self-titled third album, the Shazam keeps making their case to be rock and roll's next biggest band. On 2008's Introducing, they laid down speed-infused Queen and Meat Loaf musical workouts. Foxy Shazam easily quadruples Introducing in terms of hooks, wide-screen theatrics and a dash of R&B here and there. The vocal hysterics of lead singer Eric Sean Nally seal Foxy's glam-rock deal - every song is an anthem-in-waiting, and each could either be a set opener or a devastating encore capper.

Live, Nally rewrites the rules for what a modern-rock lead singer should do, with his Freddie Mercury squeal and stage antics, which during a March run through SXSW and other Texas stops included ingesting lit cigarettes and aerobics. Rocks Off talked to Nally at a recent tour stop and asked him exactly what a Foxy Shazam is, what's behind their sound and details on his songwriting gig for Meat Loaf's new album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear.


Foxy Shazam, "Dangerous Man"

Rocks Off: The first time we saw you guys was at SXSW this year and you were opening up for Hole. That night you ate three lit cigarettes...

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Eric Sean Nally: Well it's definitely an occasional thing. Especially on this tour, with the size of the venues, there is always a fire marshal around. But that just kind of tempts me more.

RO: That's not the only thing Foxy Shazam does live. You guys jump around a lot too. If you ever got hurt, would you still muscle through it with crutches?

ESN: We're just kind of natural-born entertainers. It's in our blood. We just can't help ourselves.

RO: What's it like touring with Hole? Do you get a good response from Courtney about the band?

ESN: It's really fun. I love being attached to things with a rich history. [Hole] definitely has a rich history. It's cool just to be a part of it. I never really talk to much fellow musicians about each others music though. I always feel weird talking with other musicians about their music. I don't know why, though.

RO: How did the name Foxy Shazam come about?

ESN: I went to an all-black high school, and it was just a line that they would all say if you had cool shoes. They would say "Foxy Shazam!" My high-school days were one of the most inspirational times of my life. I never heard Foxy Shazam anywhere else though.


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