Review: Foxy Shazam with Cadaver Dogs and Stars In Stereo 

Foxy Shazam w/ Cadaver Dogs and Stars In Stereo
Deluxe at Old National Centre
Friday, June 15

click to enlarge Foxy Shazam performing at Deluxe at the Old National Centre - BRIAN MCCOMBS
  • Foxy Shazam performing at Deluxe at the Old National Centre
  • Brian McCombs
Foxy Shazam is a Cincinnati rock band whose charismatic stage performances are as notable as their music, but this Friday at the Murat, it was obvious that most people were there for Childish Gambino. When the doors opened, the bulk of the crowd headed for the Egyptian Room for Childish Gambino and a smaller part of the crowd headed to Deluxe for Foxy Shazam.

A three-piece called Cadaver Dogs started off the show with a bang. Songs like "R'N'F'N'R" and "Voodoo Drug Sluts" were straight-up rock and roll. Their songs were about not playing by the rules, cocaine and, of course, women. The room easily warmed up to the Dogs. Front man, Mathew Franklin, oozed confidence as he stepped off stage and sang in the middle of the crowd for their final number.

Next up was Stars In Stereo. Led by Bec Hollcraft, the group was reminiscent of bands like Evanescence and Paramore in their style and musicality, respectively. Bec's vocals were sharp and clear, though the band was missing a little something, maybe a little rock. After covering Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" and performing their new single "Broken", it was time for the main event.

Foxy Shazam, comprised of vocalist Eric Nally, trumpeter Alex Nauth, bassist Daisy, keyboardist Sky White, guitarist Loren Turner and drummer Aaron McVeigh, stepped onto the stage and lead the crowd into "Welcome To The Church Of Rock and Roll," "Holy Touch," "Forever Together" and "I Like It" from their most recent studio album.

Nally informed the crowd that tonight they would be reborn and many of them were. If you have never been to a Foxy show, then you probably aren't aware of the band's great stage presence. Each member is their own character and everyone gives 100 percent, which is pretty impressive after seven years of touring. They aren't just playing the songs; they are enjoying them.

White pounced on his keyboard, while Nauth threw his trumpet and climbed the pillars. Nally told stories between songs and tumbled all over the stage. Whether the stories between songs were true or not doesn't matter. They were integral to the show and just as important as the music.

Foxy continued to play the night out with songs from Introducing Foxy Shazam including "Introducing Foxy," "The Rocketeer," and "Ghost Aminals" and their self titled third album with favorites like "Oh Lord" and Unstoppable."

As the show came neared the end, Nally went into a monologue about a sad drunk man walking his way from a bar to a performance as the band lead into "The Temple". He proceeded to ask for a cigarette and many cigarettes were thrown on the stage in response, Nally put the cigarettes in his mouth and smoked them. Just as the song was almost over, he put the cigarettes out in his mouth. Now that's rock and roll.

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