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They've shared a stage with the Rolling Stones and can now claim to be the biggest band to ever come out of the Queen City. How did four guys with a predilection for face paint get so huge?
In 2011, Eric Nally, lead singer of the Cincinnati band Foxy Shazam, made a rock and roll pilgrimage from his home in Milford to Lowestoft, England. There, at the private residence of Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Foxy recorded its new album, The Church of Rock and Roll. The record is scheduled for release this month. “All of our albums really embody where we recorded them,” explains Nally, 26. “We did our first record in Cincinnati. It’s kind of nerdy and goofy and all over the place. This newest one is just really raw rock and roll.” The album is the first release on the relaunched record label I.R.S., which achieved success with The Police and R.E.M. before folding in 1996. Foxy Shazam comes to I.R.S. after an unfulfilling experience at Warner Bros., where the band released one record in 2010. Despite—or because of—leaving Warner, Nally maintains high hopes for the band, whose achievements include appearances with Hole and Panic! at the Disco and the airing of the song “Unstoppable” during a Super Bowl broadcast. “With I.R.S. we have complete control of what happens, when it happens, and how it happens, and we have the backing of Capitol Records,” Nally says. “It’s basically a major label, but it’s more of our thing. We still want to be the biggest band in the world, and we will be. But if it doesn’t happen, it’s going to be because of us, not anybody else.”
At any given time, guitar wizard Adrian Belew is juggling approximately a million projects. His fall schedule includes the CD and DVD releases of his performance with the Metropole Orchestra; hosting a band camp in upstate New York; speaking at a guitar festival in Urbana, Illinois; and a tour double-headlined by his power trio and Stickmen, a group featuring Belew’s King Crimson bandmates Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. The tour brings him back to Northern Kentucky, where he was born (at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington). We asked Belew about growing up on both sides of the river and returning in the ’80s to lend a hand to the Raisins.