On “Oh Lord,” Nally’s written a touching song to his son Julian about the difficulties of growing up and keeping on throughout adversity.
It’s difficult for bands to do camp. Foxy Shazam does camp very, very well. But, at the end of the day camp only takes you so far and the music has to stand on its own. In that regard, Foxy Shazam should have a decent little career ahead of them.
“When I listen to a Foxy Shazam record I think of Evel Knievel, Bruce Springsteen, my childhood, Van Morrison, my old friends from high school I don’t talk to anymore, Elton John, the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond, Iggy Pop and my first kiss,” Nally writes on their website. Unbridled, earnest enthusiasm for life and music are quality sorely missing from a lot of detached bands.
They come off as Queen by way of the NYU drama department and much of that has to do with frontman Eric Nally, who’s joy shines through in both his vocal quality and live performance. Really, it’s impossible not to think of Freddy Mercury when Nally’s soaring vocals transport you. And I think, at the end of the day, theatrics aside, the music of Foxy Shazam is a celebration. It’s the kind of music you sing arm-in-arm with your friends to, ya know?