Concert Review: Foxy Shazam at The House of Blues in Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Sally Feller
Hailing from Cincinnati and touring with Hole, Foxy Shazam built up some impressive energy at the House of Blues in Boston during an otherwise “blah” muggy weeknight in the city. What do you get when you mix Freddie Mercury with current indie rock? Foxy Shazam – a bit of foxy and loads of shazam. Despite the band’s name, they’re not actually named after a skin flick from the 70s that you have to watch in a dank theater with a bunch of balding, sweaty dudes in overcoats. Apparently the name comes from a slang phrase used in one of the bandmate’s high school to reference cool shoes.
Foxy Shazam definitely amps up the energy for their live shows; Nally split his time between singing, somersaulting, and cavorting with the mic stand. White actually jumped onto his keyboard at one point, pounding the keys with his hoofers. The boys have energy, I’ll give them that. On the music side, I’m torn between finding them sort of abrasive on my ears and wondering if they were just horribly miscast by playing a show at the House of Blues and opening for Hole. They just aren’t a match for Hole’s audience. At all. And the crowd showed this to the point that it was a bit awkward to watch. Now, I have no doubt that Foxy Shazam could’ve really gotten a more indie crowd bumping but they need to be at true rock venue, sticky floors and hipsters galore, to get their amazing energy to hover and entrance the crowd.
Foxy Shazam plays alt-punk rock that scenesters feed on like vampires on blood. The alt-punk sound is then infused with some startling doses of 80s pop-punk and glam rock, which results in an assault of hyper energy on the ears. On the performance level, their sense of humor shines through and is utterly contagious. You can get a hint of this by checking out their videos, but to really feel it, you need to see these dudes live. The guys definitely love what they’re doing and their passion was felt by everyone there; and that says a lot for a band. I get the feeling that their music will grow along with them and hope to be able to see them in a different venue, opening for a different band, nay, playing their own show in the future.
Catch them live:
Jun 30 2010 Tabernacle w/ HOLE Atlanta, GA
Jul 2 2010 Fillmore Miami Beach w/ HOLE Miami Beach, Florida
Jul 3 2010 Hard Rock Live w/ HOLE Orlando, FL
Jul 6 2010 House of Blues w/ HOLE Houston, TX
Jul 7 2010 House of Blues w/ HOLE Dallas, TX
Jul 8 2010 Art Ambush Waco, TX Find Tickets
Jul 10 2010 Forecastle Festival – Waterfront Park Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 11 2010 The Fillmore Detroit w/ HOLE Detroit, MI
Jul 13 2010 The Pageant w/ HOLE St Louis, MO
Jul 14 2010 Vic Theatre w/ HOLE Chicago, IL
Jul 15 2010 Vic Theatre w/ HOLE Chicago, IL
Jul 16 2010 First Avenue w/ HOLE Minneapolis, MN
Aug 6 2010 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
Aug 28 2010 Leeds Festival – Bramham Park West Yorkshire, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 29 2010 Reading Festival Reading, UNITED KINGDOM