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NEWS: Foxy Shazam release their new full-length album ‘Gonzo’ for free download!

Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam have sneakily self-released their fifth studio album, titled ‘Gonzo’, without warning for free download online now. You can find the album’s artwork, full tracklisting and link to download below:

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ALBUM: Foxy Shazam – Gonzo

Release Date: April 2nd, 2014
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.foxyshazam.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/foxyshazam
Twitter: www.twitter.com/foxyshazam

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As bands progress through their careers, times can change, fads can come and go. Some bands will stick to their guns, like Iron Maiden, whose loyal loving fans know what to expect whenever the band announce they’re going to release a new album: more of the same classic metal that they are famous for. Then you have the bands who continually reinvent themselves, such as the Fall Out Boys of the world, who have evolved their sound over the years, moving with what is popular, but keeping true to what won over their fan base to begin with. Then you have the bands who will decide to, for better or worse, throw their fans a curveball, and it would seem Foxy Shazam have decided that this is the camp they want to fall into with latest record, ‘Gonzo’.

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ALBUM: Foxy Shazam – The Church Of Rock And Roll

Release Date: January 24th, 2012
Label: I.R.S. Records
Website: www.foxyshazam.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fozyshazam
Twitter: www.twitter.com/foxyshazam

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There are no band names which suprise me anymore. After the success of Cute Is What We Aim For, I figured you can just be called anything (I know there are worse, but that was just ridiculous). It’s nice to find a band with an actual reason behind their unusual name. Foxy Shazam (which meant “cool shoes” in frontman Eric Nally‘s high school) are a soulful rock and roll band from Ohio that are gathering themselves a solid fan base with previous releases ‘Flaming Trigger’, ‘Introducing’ and their self-titled record.

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SPOTIFY: October 2010 playlist!

Another month, another monthly playlist. If you’re a Spotify user, then you can listen to our created playlist via the link below to relive many of the album and single releases that have been brought to us throughout October. Some of the artists featured on this month’s playlist include Me Vs. Hero, Bring Me The Horizon, Good Charlotte, Fate Of A Stranger, Valencia, Kings Of Leon, Tinie Tempah, We Are The In Crowd, Foxy Shazam and many others!

If you’re a Spotify user check it out and let us know what you think of it:
October 2010 playlist

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NEWS: Foxy Shazam debut UK tour begins tonight!

American “rock ‘n’ soul” ensemble Foxy Shazam are beginning their first headline tour of the UK tonight in Manchester, take a look at the full dates:

NOVEMBER 01 РMANCHESTER, Night & Day Caf̩
NOVEMBER 02 – CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach
NOVEMBER 03 – LEEDS, The Cockpit
NOVEMBER 04 – BIRMINGHAM, HMV Institute
NOVEMBER 05 – BRISTOL, The Louisiana
NOVEMBER 06 – SHEFFIELD, The Leadmill
NOVEMBER 07 – GLASGOW, Wah Wah Hut
NOVEMBER 08 – LONDON, The Borderline

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ALBUM: Foxy Shazam – Foxy Shazam

Release Date: October 11th, 2010
Label: Sire Records
Website: www.foxyshazam.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/foxyshazam

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The name Foxy Shazam sounds like some over-the-hill exotic dancer still plying her trade alongside her pension. She’s got all the skills but the ideas have run dry. No amount of glitter or feather catsuits can drag back the clock and help make this tired old race horse look any fresher. It’s all gone a bit stale.

The band Foxy Shazam sound like Freddie Mercury‘s grave robbers attempting to recreate the unpalatabe ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ with too many primary colours. It’s all very bombastic with it’s piano, trumpets and ‘Radio Gaga’-aping vocals but in a completely unsatisfying, cheap sort of way. Just passing this off as “fun” or “poppy” is like trying to compliment over-weight friends by calling them “bubbly”. It’s never nice to struggle to find anything nice to say about a band or their work, but this self-titled release lurches from tepidly repetitive wedding band to Meatloaf-lite and back again.

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NEWS: Foxy Shazam announce first UK headline tour dates!

Rising “rock ‘n’ soul” group Foxy Shazam are heading over to the UK in November for their first ever headline UK tour. Here are the full dates and venues:

NOVEMBER 01 РMANCHESTER, Night & Day Caf̩
NOVEMBER 02 – CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach
NOVEMBER 03 – LEEDS, The Cockpit
NOVEMBER 04 – BIRMINGHAM, HMV Institute
NOVEMBER 05 – BRISTOL, The Louisiana
NOVEMBER 06 – SHEFFIELD, The Leadmill
NOVEMBER 07 – GLASGOW, Wah Wah Hut
NOVEMBER 08 – LONDON, The Borderline

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VIDEO: Foxy Shazam – Oh Lord

Easily one of the most bizarre videos and bands to crop up in recent years, Foxy Shazam have released a music video for their debut UK single ‘Oh Lord’. Don’t be surprised if that’s all you’re saying all the way through watching this, you won’t be the first or last to do so.

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NEWS: Foxy Shazam announce UK tour dates and single!

Foxy Shazam, the “rock ‘n’ soul” sextet are set to release their single ‘Oh Lord’ on September 27th, 2010. Taken from their recent self-titled record, ‘Oh Lord’ will be the band’s debut UK single.

Along with the single release, the band are also to play a few UK dates including Reading & Leeds festival and support slots with Lostprophets and Motion City Soundtrack. Here are the full dates announced:

AUGUST 25 – LONDON, Shepherds Bush Empire (supporting Lostprophets)
AUGUST 26 – LONDON, Underworld (supporting Motion City Soundtrack)
AUGUST 27 – LONDON, The Flowerpot
AUGUST 28 – LEEDS, Carling Weekend Festival
AUGUST 29 – READING, Carling Weekend Festival

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ALBUM: Foxy Shazam – Introducing

Release Date: January 22nd, 2008
Label: Ferret Music
Rating: 6/10

Website: www.foxyshazam.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/foxyshazam

Foxy Shazam profile

Dubbed by some under the classification and genre of ‘pianocore’, Foxy Shazam produce a sound that you really aren’t likely to come across every day. Imagine if you would the piano-pop sound you’re likely to get from a number by Lily Allen or Delta Goodrem, and placing over it the less radio-friendly vocal and guitar accompaniment that you’d find from bands like Blood Brothers and The Number 12 Looks Like You.

‘Introducing’ pretty much does what it says on the tin, even though it is their second full-length effort, though a lot argue that the band need to be seen live in action to be truely understood. Songs like ‘The Rocketeer’ and ‘A Dangerous Man’ give all the evidence you’ll need to see why they’ve been labeled as ‘pianocore’. Fast and chaotic guitar work with a base underlay of piano work constructs something that should probably sound pretty terrible and hard to enjoy, but is just another life example that opposites do attract.

A more soul and mellow sound is given off with ‘The Science Of Love’, with “Oooh!” here and there in the background reeling in points towards pop and catchy material, and the added synth keyboard work just polishing off and creating work that again isn’t a regular occurance in a lot of music scenes today. If that doesn’t do enough for you, the high pitched wail from Eric Sean Nally towards the end of the song should just finish the fact that this band aren’t afraid to play around with cheese. If their more agressive side is more your thing, then head for ‘It’s Hair Smelled Like Bonfire’. The constant bellows of “We’re ready to roll! / I don’t wanna know!” is enough to get you in a pissed-off mood too.

Though their sound is definitely a unique and original one, it can become a bit repetative after a couple of tracks. Your best bet if you’re a newcomer to this band is to simply listen to a few tracks in one session, and then come back and listen to the rest another time before taking the whole package head on.

‘Introducing’ does its intended job, but if you’re only just being introduced then take this original band in bit by bit.

Written by Zach Redrup

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