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Foxy Shazam starting to focus on next album.

of the Oakland Press

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Eric Sean Nally, founder and frontman of Foxy Shazam, says he’s looking forward to a Christmas spent at home in Cincinnati watching his two sons play with their presents and getting “inspired” to write songs for the theatrically minded band’s next album.

“I feel like when I’m on stage I’m an entertainer, but when I’m offstage I sit back and soak everything up,” explains Nally, 25. “So I’m anxious to sit back and take this time to be inspired and re-set my mind and write. I think the holidays are a good time for that.”

But while a follow-up to Foxy Shazam’s major label debut is on the horizon, Nally says he feels there’s “still a lot of work to be done” to promote the “Foxy Shazam” album. The group will head to Australia in the new year in addition to touring North America with Circa Survive and Anberlin, and he feels it’s at something of a “transition point ... there are a lot of people who have seen us before and there are a lot of new people who come out.” And in 2010 Foxy Shazam was able to introduce itself to quite a few potential fans by opening for Hole’s ballyhooed return tour during the summer.

“When we first got that tour I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, because it is an older crowd,” Nally notes. “But it turned out to be one of the coolest tours we’ve ever done because with (Hole leader Courtney Love) people kind of expect the unexpected. They naturally have open minds, so that was really cool and really good for us, I think.”

Foxy Shazam performs Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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