Interview with Foxy Shazam
I’ve seen hundreds of bands live but one that never fails to impress and one that I’ve seen several times are the Ohio rockers of Foxy Shazam. I’d seen a few moments of them at Free Energy and at the time, my virgin ears were just utterly confused but the next time the band came around Boston I took the opportunity to speak to the keyboardist Skye and later that night saw them daze and confuse even the fans who were there for the insane Darkness.
Catching them on an incredibly smaller scale at a private college show this past week, I can’t wait to see them take the stage Saturday night here in Boston at TT’s and you should too! The band is embarking on a headlining run which has been a long time coming for this talented band and it couldn’t be at a better time! From eating lit cigarettes to sitting on his keyboardist’s shoulders, Eric Nally has become one of the most loved front man in the game and the band is right on par with him. Read on for our exclusive!
Artist: Foxy Shazam
Title: The Church Of Rock and Roll
Release date: 01/24/12
Buy at: Amazon
This is a huge tour opportunity but obviously you guys have been around for years. You said that all the shows are already sold out. Maybe how have the shows been so far and maybe what are you looking forward to being out with The Darkness?
Traveling wise what am I looking forward to? Well, these guys are friends of ours’ so literally seeing them everyday and Justin recorded our record so he produced it and we spent months with him. It was awesome. They’re great dudes and we love being around them. They put on a great show, they’ve been doing it for a long time. Super professionals and they‘re just good people to be around. So I’m excited about that. All the shows pretty much already being sold out. You know every single show is going to be packed and fun. A lot of these places we’ve been before but not recently or there’s one place in Chicago The Metro that we’ve never played before. A place where I’ve seen a lot of bands play but never myself.
That’s going to be awesome then! Speaking of the new record, ‘The Church of Rock & Roll’ just came out. So even though it’s still so, so new how do you think it’s been going over?
It’s going great! We just started playing the new CD and we had our CD release show like a week ago or something like that. A week and a half. None of our fans had ever heard almost any of the songs. We played like three quarters off the record and for that, people loved it! Honestly, I haven’t seen a bad review yet. People that don’t usually get excited about records, our family members and things, like older people that are on that side of that, are getting strangely excited about it. I’m getting good feelings about it. We’re on a new record label now and they’re super good about everything. We’re having radio people coming out every day and all these business people. We’re not used to it. We’re touring. We’ve been touring for eight years. Now we have business people coming to see us and loving us so that’s kind of a cool thing to be happening right now.
Yeah, only good things! Only good things!
Do you think it changed sonically at all from the last record? ?
Every record changes for us. We record it in a completely different way, completely different part of the world. Like every record, we’re on record number four right now, but the first one was recorded in Cincinnati for like a thousand bucks. The second one was recorded in Seattle for a couple thousand bucks. Third one was, when we got signed to Warner Brothers, and they just threw piles and piles of money at it so we were in L.A. Made this really smooth sounding rock record and then this one we did in the UK with Justin and we just made it feel like a rock and roll record. Like we just went for it. We wanted to do something proggy and weird. Every record should feel completely different to people.
And then maybe how did the songwriting go for this record? Was it pretty similar to the last one or different?
Yeah! The writing changes all the time! The songs come to different people at different times. Sometimes certain people have these overwhelming piles of music coming out of them and some times they don’t. So before this record, I had two hundred and seventy something songs written and demo-ed but we have six of us in our band and a lot of us write all the time . So only a few of my ideas really got used in the record but a lot of the writing actually happened in the studio. We wrote and recorded almost every thing for the record in the studio.
Perfect and then obviously, you guys tour a bunch. You’ve become known for your live shows. Crazy, not in a bad crazy, but a good crazy but maybe something people just aren’t expecting. What’s like the most crazy thing you’ve seen happen so far on this tour?
That gets asked often but there is no craziest thing. Like that’s an impossible question to answer. We’ve had stuff catch on fire before on stage. Some times our fault, some times just something caught on fire. We’ve had rain coming in, we’ve played outside and a hurricane was coming at us. So you literally see this darkness coming at us and people are just dancing like crazy like ignoring it. There’s been broken bones. I’ve had my head smashed open. I got scars (shows me) right there. Drying blood on stage. Getting hit in the face with a bass and I got my head smashed open. These are just things that happen. We’ve just learned that it’s weird to not get hurt doing things we’re trying to do but I think we got it down to a pretty smooth science right now. A combination of amusement, taking control of your body, fans intervening, just anything comes from with in you during the show.
Then maybe for you personally, what’s the first CD or cassette you ever bought as a kid and the first concert you ever went to?
The first CD or cassette, see that’s a hard one, because I had an older brother so he had all these CD’s so I don’t know what counts as mine. How about a concert? When I was a little kid, I grew up going to blue grass festivals but the first like rock and roll show was when I was four years old and it smelled really bad. I didn’t understand what was happening but I remember, you know when you’re four, you’re right at everyone’s butt so you’re just in this big crowd. Hearing loud noises, smelling people’s butts. I remember how unpleasant it was. I remember the first CD I bought from my brother’s friend. It was like a silly ska mix CD. I remember I bought that. For some reason, I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I remember listening to it front to back. Being a little kid, that CD sparked interest in me to do music.
Then obviously that ska mix sparked interest in you doing music but do you think it influenced you personally, even maybe in Foxy a little bit? Maybe the element of rock and roll?
I’ve found baby pictures of me playing piano.
And just playing ever since?
Yeah I started taking lots of lessons starting when I was eight but I have baby pictures, toddler pictures of me playing. I’ve pretty much always played. Everybody in my family always played.
Piano? I was like man that’s awesome, it’s like a family affair!
Yeah (laughs)! Dad plays guitar, mom plays up right bass amongst a pile of other instruments.
Then maybe what’s coming up after this tour?
Headlining tour. The plan is a headlining tour pretty much right after this and then if you pay attention, we tour a ton. We literally have been doing like two hundred to three hundred shows a year for the eight plus years.
"The Church Of Rock and Roll" by Foxy Shazam - release date: 01/24/12..