Foxy Shazam at the Rhythm Room Last Night

Foxy Shazam
October 25, 2010
Rhythm Room

Foxy Shazam left the crowd buzzing about a performance they'll be discussing for days after an exciting, action-packed show at the Rhythm Room last night.

Singer Eric Nally came out spinning in circles with a huge grin while wearing face-eater sunglasses. The timid vocalist -- his speaking voice off-stage is a soft whisper -- exploded into a passionate, theatrical performance right away.

Everyone on stage was fascinating to look at, and would have been prime targets for people-watching, wearing lavish costumes that included bright colors and patterns, sexy scarves, and crazy hair. And then there was the performance.

Foxy didn't waste any time getting the crowd hooked and doing a little light moshing. It only took one song till Eric dove into the crowd and keyboardist Sky White was standing on his instrument and played with his feet. By the third song, "Count Me Out," White was doing handstands while trumpet player Alex Nauth performed a beastly solo that was slightly reminiscent of that in "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba. (I mean that in a nice way.) Nally couldn't help but do guitar pinwheels throughout the set even though he was without a six-string the whole time.

Fans went nuts singing along to the power ballad "Oh Lord" as Nally danced like no one was watching. "Brain cells come and brain cells go, but Foxy Shazam will live forever, baby," Eric announced after he finished the song.

Foxy Shazam had great chemistry with the audience. Playful stories were told in between tunes about writing songs while getting stuck in a dirty clothes hamper and how "the drummer is the most important person in the band." Eric told the crowd about how he "wrote this song with Jimmy [Eat World] going 90 miles per hour in the back of a pickup truck" right before the band played "Bombs Away." Eric then asked the crowd if they liked bands like Arcade Fire, Brand New, and the Black Keys. When the crowd cheered for every one of them, Eric shouted, "Those bands suck! Now we're gonna play a Misfits cover!" and pumped out a powerful version of "Hybrid Moments."

Sky White did another handstand during "Bye Bye Symphony," this time clapping his feet together while Eric Nally devoured a mouthful of lit cigarettes in a flash that he had been smoking in between the lines he sang like it was no big deal. When they finished the song, he shouted what everyone was thinking: "Gross!"

"Killin' It" had the crowd jumping and the band waving their arms around so as to showcase their song. Between the keyboard and trumpet solos, the song sounded like something that would be played at a rock and roll circus.

Nally explained why he doesn't "shut up and just play the music." "Because I want all of the attention," he shamelessly admitted. "So let's finish with something boring," he said sarcastically before the band broke into a croon that served as an a cappella intro of "Evil Thoughts." And so the extravagant encore began.

"Ghost Animals" was a performance unlike anyone had ever seen before. Nally threw himself at the crowd time and time again, scaled the wall behind the stage and hung upside down like a bat while the rest of the band played, and wrapped up the show by ripping his shirt in half.

When the show was over, I was left with only two thoughts. The first being, "What the hell did I just witness over the last five minutes?" and the second was, "Genius." My conclusion: the world would be such a better place if everyone was as animated as Foxy Shazam.

Critic's Notebook:

Last night: Foxy Shazam at the Rhythm Room.

Personal bias: I've heard all about Foxy Shazam's prior local performance from friends, and man, I thought they were just talking it up. Was I ever wrong.

The crowd: Mostly guys between 18 and 30 years old who sported 90s denim jackets, big hair, and mustaches more awesome than any others you'll ever see. Foxy Shazam front man Eric Nally's was obviously superior to the other 'staches though. However, keyboardist Sky White's beard is untouchable.

Overheard: "This is better than sex!"

Random notebook dump: Kudos to the guy in the striped button down shirt, glasses and a newspaper boy hat (oh wait, that could be one of 10 guys at the show) who was covertly breakdancing next to the merch table. Also, bassist Daisy's vest was partly made of hair.

Set list:
With An Axe
Dog In Love With Kitty
Count Me Out
Oh Lord
The Rocketeer
Bombs Away
Hybrid Moments (The Misfits cover)
Bye Bye Symphony
Killin' It

Evil Thoughts
Ghost Animals

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Lenni Rosenblum