It may be about to turn from a whisper into a proud exclamation. This is the view that Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam could change the way we think about American rock, soul and a dabble or two of glam infusing bands. The blasé Queen and Andrew WK moulding push of opener ‘Bombs Away’, stomps out from a provocative and feisty verbal, nourish opening titbit. It then builds up to impart a ska edge and some funky gospel touches, setting out an anything goes blue print.
The versatility and profile of vocalist Eric Sean Nally gathers momentum and sets up ‘Wanna Be Angel’, to be spunky keys, rustling percussion and stomping bass driven exposure of feisty spirit. A broadness of influences seeps out as the album progresses and, even a Good Charlotte nod is given in the intro to ‘Count Me Out’. It is then fattened out by a bounding horn touch and culminates in an exposure of true hearty, soul-pop. Aching light blues rock is given an emotive tug for the forlorn, yet bouncy, ‘Second Floor’.
Alex Nauth’s leaping horns aids the pizzazz given to the anthemic ‘Oh Lord’, with Nally’s falsetto providing plenty of drama. A bold horn element dominates the lovelorn blues punched, ‘The Only Way To My Heart’. Scything cynicism makes a guest appearance and it does not come across as weary at all.
‘Killin’ It’, is driven by and given a brisk interlude from the rumbling bass of Daisy. This sets the song up for some provocative, mildly creepy and low-key femme backing, stroking along the range growing pop pounce of Nally. He produces another quirky performance, delivering moody lyrics:
“I’m killin life like a one way ticket to hell, I’m on a high going down, down, down.
I wanna wipe that sad sad feeling away; down, down, down.”
This UK debut album is range flitting, spunky, glam flirting, and, at times, heartily sensational. Foxy Shazam will be creating a stir for years to come.