Proving that no idea is too ridiculous or strange for them, Ohio's Foxy Shazam up and released their new album, Gonzo, totally independently and completely free. Also, they snuck it out on a Wednesday because, hey, why not?
If you're still reading this and not already rushing over to download the newest release from the unpredictable rock outfit, then it's either because you want more details about the vinyl release and tour dates, or you don't know who or what a Foxy Shazam is.
If Foxy Shazam needs defining, then the best offering available would be to listen to their music, because they're no easy puzzle to solve. The group, while decidedly rock-based in theory, has never been keen of labels or sticking to their guns. Between spastic, almost nu metal of The Flamingo Trigger, soaring power pop ballads of Foxy Shazam and the faux hair metal chaos of The Church of Rock and Roll, Foxy Shazam never sit still long enough to let critics decide exactly how to talk about them.
Now for the vinyl details. While you can very easy wander over to the group's Bandcamp page and score the album for nothing, there's also the option to pay for the music on 180gram vinyl. Of course, the records aren't shipping out until late May, but it's best to snag them early, as pressing numbers aren't specified.
For remaining information, such as tour dates and a full press release, scroll down just a bit more.
Cincinnati, OH rockers Foxy Shazam launched a sneak attack on fans today by self-releasing their new LP GONZO for FREE along with announcing an extensive tour in support of the new record starting on May 27th. The free download is available via www.foxyshazam.com. Offering support on the entire run is Larry and His Flask. See dates below.
Foxy Shazam has never been good at following the rules, but the latest chapter in their rollercoaster tale is undoubtedly the most groundbreaking. Reaching the brink of huge success on the backs of a handful of quirky pop-oriented albums, the band leaves major label representation to dictate their own career and delivers a brutally honest emotional masterpiece.
Recorded with famed engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Fugazi, The Pixies, Iggy & The Stooges) over a dreary Halloween holiday in Chicago, IL, GONZO evokes a level of fierce impassioned authenticity previously unheard in Foxy's back catalogue. Recorded entirely live in one room, in running order, vocals and all, the album is a tremendous feat of will, talent, and artistic integrity in an age when delivering anything remotely challenging is oft considered taboo.
Reflecting on working with Albini, singer Eric Nally states "He's the master of recording what you're good at. [The album] was written in a room, recorded in a room, all together. It was a shared experience, and an easier process, and things really started to come out. It was a very organic experience, and it shows. And I can read [GONZO] like a book, like a cohesive piece of art. It's by far the most personal album to me."
Gone are the theatrical backup harmonies, stripped are the multilayered guitar tracks, wiped away is the polished finish of a pop producer's mentality. In their place remains a smoldering, gutsy work of pure desire. Fervor. Agitation. Honesty. Insanity. Rock and roll, but so much more.
GONZO is the kind of album that was screaming to be released. It is at once this phenomenal band's most soothing, searing, heavy, biting, dreamy, and generally jarring statement to date, in a career built upon unorthodoxy.
GONZO refuses to adhere to any singular musical identity, at times tightly mechanical before bursting into waves of flowing color. Exploring musical territory only hinted at in previous releases, the band's latest album depicts Foxy Shazam in their most penetrating and exposed form, their characteristic grandiosity clearly evident but captured in a severe new light.
In addition to their headline tour in support of GONZO, Foxy Shazam has been confirmed for The Bunbury Music Festival on July 12 in Cincinnati, where they will play alongside The Flaming Lips, Fitz and The Tantrums, Paramore, Fall Out Boy and many more.
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