No more than a week ago I thought to myself, “Foxy Shazam must be going into the studio sometime soon.” Apparently they had the thought before I did as the group totally pulled a Beyonce, releasing their latest album, Gonzo, on April 2nd without any notice. Even better news is that this album seems to be their most daring yet.
Foxy Shazam is known for their incredible and bizarre live show, lighting and swallowing cigarettes on stage, hanging from the rafters, and standing on keyboards. That’s all well and good, as long as their music stands up, right? It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me.
Their sound has evolved a lot over the years. The style on their first album was almost an artistic version of screamo that eventually evolved into more theatrical, Queen-inspired rock & roll. Gonzo takes that same inspiration and brings in an aspect of reality that most musicians are afraid to face: Foxy Shazam recorded the entire album live in one room, vocals and all.
Legendary producer Steve Albini captures the band’s true essence and personality perfectly. The album is very raw, real, and personal. And the best part? It is a free download! As the boys in Foxy Shazam have learned over their years of rigorous touring, you make your money on the road, not in the studio. A harsh reality of the modern-day musician.
Foxy Shazam will embark on a tour in support of Gonzo starting in May. No LA dates yet, but I’m sure they’ll find time to swing by to spread their rock gospel even further.
Foxy Shazam Tour Dates:
May 27 – Harrisburg, PA Fed Live
May 29 – Boston, MA The Sinclair
May 30 – New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
May 31 – Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
Jun 02 – Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 03 – Richmond, VA Canal Club
Jun 05 – Nashville, TN Exit/In
Jun 06 – Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
Jun 07 – Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
Jun 09 – Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Jun 10 – Tampa, FL Orpheum
Jun 12 – Orlando, FL The Social
Jun 13 – Jacksonville, FL Freebird
Jun 14 – Atlanta, GA Terminal West
Jun 17 – St Louis, MO Freebird
Jun 18 – Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Jun 20 – Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Jun 21 – Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Jun 22 – Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Jun 24 – Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
Jun 25 – Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
Jun 27 – Cleveland. OH Grog Shop
Jun 28 – Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
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