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Foxy Shazam Flaunts Some Big Goals

of the Oakland Press

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Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam, according to frontman Eric Nally, has always had an “ultimate goal ... to become the biggest band in the world and go down in history for doing what we do.”

The group’s self-titled third album starts that campaign by moving Nally and company to the major label ranks after two independent releases and making its brand of rock even bigger and more bombastic than before.

“The process of writing this album was a really long one, and we took our time with it,” says Nally, 23, who has two sons, ages 3 and 8. “We’ve always taken a lot of pride in going step by step and not jumping ahead and trying something we weren’t ready for. And we never want to make the same record twice.

“So this is the next level for Foxy.”

Foxy Shazam hasn’t gone unnoticed since it formed in 2004. Besides the group’s own music, Nally was recently tapped to write songs for Meat Loaf and has a pair of tracks on his upcoming “Hang Cool Teddy Bear” that Nally co-wrote with Justin Hawkins, former frontman of The Darkness.

“That was an awesome experience, too,” Nally recalls. “(Meat Loaf’s) people heard of Foxy Shazam and thought I would be a good writer for what he’s doing for now. I flew out to L.A., and that’s where I met Justin Hawkins, who’s one of my best friends now. And I met Meat Loaf of course, who was a great guy.

“I definitely made some cool connections. My name’s out there as a writer now. It looks great on my paperwork, and it’s a pretty cool thing to be able to say you did.”

Foxy Shazam, the Young Veins, Bad Rabbits and others perform Thursday, April 8, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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