Foxy Shazam Release New Album “Gonzo” For FREE at; Tour Kicks off May 27 with Larry and His Flask Opening

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

Foxy Shazam self-released their new album Gonzo last week, without any advance warning and for free. The entire release can be streamed below via Bandcamp and is available as a free download. It’s also possible to pre-order a vinyl for $25. Foxy Shazam has also announced an extensive tour that begins May 27th, check out the list of dates below. Even for those familiar with the group this album will feel a bit different, but I’m liking the direction they’ve gone in so far and plan on giving it some additional spins.

Cincinnati, OH rockers Foxy Shazam launched a sneak attack on fans today by self-releasing their new LP GONZO for FREE along with announcing an extensive tour in support of the new record starting on May 27th. The free download is available via Offering support on the entire run is Larry and His Flask. See dates below.

Foxy Shazam has never been good at following the rules, but the latest chapter in their rollercoaster tale is undoubtedly the most groundbreaking. Reaching the brink of huge success on the backs of a handful of quirky pop-oriented albums, the band leaves major label representation to dictate their own career and delivers a brutally honest emotional masterpiece.

Recorded with famed engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Fugazi, The Pixies, Iggy & The Stooges) over a dreary Halloween holiday in Chicago, IL, GONZO evokes a level of fierce impassioned authenticity previously unheard in Foxy’s back catalogue. Recorded entirely live in one room, in running order, vocals and all, the album is a tremendous feat of will, talent, and artistic integrity in an age when delivering anything remotely challenging is oft considered taboo.

Reflecting on working with Albini, singer Eric Nally states “He’s the master of recording what you’re good at. [The album] was written in a room, recorded in a room, all together. It was a shared experience, and an easier process, and things really started to come out. It was a very organic experience, and it shows. And I can read [GONZO] like a book, like a cohesive piece of art. It’s by far the most personal album to me.”

Gone are the theatrical backup harmonies, stripped are the multilayered guitar tracks, wiped away is the polished finish of a pop producer’s mentality. In their place remains a smoldering, gutsy work of pure desire. Fervor. Agitation. Honesty. Insanity. Rock and roll, but so much more.

GONZO is the kind of album that was screaming to be released. It is at once this phenomenal band’s most soothing, searing, heavy, biting, dreamy, and generally jarring statement to date, in a career built upon unorthodoxy.
GONZO refuses to adhere to any singular musical identity, at times tightly mechanical before bursting into waves of flowing color. Exploring musical territory only hinted at in previous releases, the band’s latest album depicts Foxy Shazam in their most penetrating and exposed form, their characteristic grandiosity clearly evident but captured in a severe new light.

In addition to their headline tour in support of GONZO, Foxy Shazam has been confirmed for The Bunbury Music Festival on July 12 in Cincinnati, where they will play alongside The Flaming Lips, Fitz and The Tantrums, Paramore, Fall Out Boy and many more.


Tour Dates:

May 27 Harrisburg, PA Fed Live

May 29 Boston, MA The Sinclair

May 30 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

May 31 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

Jun 02 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage

Jun 03 Richmond, VA Canal Club

Jun 05 Nashville, TN Exit/In

Jun 06 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern

Jun 07 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

Jun 09 Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

Jun 10 Tampa, FL Orpheum

Jun 12 Orlando, FL The Social

Jun 13 Jacksonville, FL Freebird

Jun 14 Atlanta, GA Terminal West

Jun 17 St Louis, MO Freebird

Jun 18 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room

Jun 20 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights

Jun 21 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

Jun 22 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

Jun 24 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace

Jun 25 Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room

Jun 27 Cleveland. OH Grog Shop

Jun 28 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall





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