Foxy Gets 'Trigger' Happy

Foxy Shazam! unleashes their debut album, The Flamingo Trigger, Wednesday in conjunction with a show at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Also on the bill are MOTH, Banderas, Fizzgig and Wigglepus

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Foxy Shazam! unleashes their debut album, The Flamingo Trigger, Wednesday in conjunction with a show at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Also on the bill are MOTH, Banderas, Fizzgig and Wigglepussy, Indiana.

With the chart success of System of a Down and The Mars Volta, much has been made about the rise of a more progressive, nonlinear spin on Hard Rock and Metal. Foxy Shazam! have little obvious sonic relation to either of those bands, but they do share a mindset, tossing the Rock handbook out of the van and backing over it repeatedly. Like John Zorn and Frank Zappa scoring Heavy Metal cartoon soundtracks, The Flamingo Trigger is a head-spinning whirl of songwriting experimentalism and aural adventurousness.

Similar to Mike Patton's Mr. Bungle project, Foxy Shazam!'s music has a maniacal, carnival-like dynamic that keeps you on your toes throughout the entire album. The group combines pummeling, heavier-than-God riffing and rhythms with more spacious fare, pulling in elements from the entire history of Rock music (from Metal and '50s to Punk and Surf). Miraculously, they often pull this broad-reaching task off within the span of a single song. Singer Eric Nally has one of the more unique voices in local music.

Nally can "sing" well in the traditional sense, but his spastic howl is what's most drawing. Nally's intense, wild-eyed vocals manage to be both melodic and percussive (when he does the Metal "Cookie Monster voice," he might well be trying to sound like the real Cookie Monster). Keyboardist Sky White's work on the album creates another unique dimension — his sometimes fluttery, sometimes dissonant pounding provides the backbone to this exceptionally distinct album. Though your average, pedestrian Rock radio fan would probably run screaming, there's something uncommonly accessible about their fearless explorations. There's a lot of humor in the lyrics (and with song titles like "October Surf Suitcase Fish," you get a sense of their abstract, eccentric frame of mind), but The Flamingo Trigger is seriously superb.

If you tire of the same old verse/chorus/verse cookie-cutting in Rock music, let Foxy Shazam! slap you around for a little while. When Nally sings the hook "Heavy Metal sucks and Rock & Roll's dead!" on "Seagulls of Rhinocerous Bay," you get the sense that he and the band really believe it. Consider The Flamingo Trigger their CPR. (Foxy Shazam! unleashes their debut album, The Flamingo Trigger, Wednesday in conjunction with a show at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. Also on the bill are MOTH, Banderas, Fizzgig and Wigglepussy, Indiana.

With the chart success of System of a Down and The Mars Volta, much has been made about the rise of a more progressive, nonlinear spin on Hard Rock and Metal. Foxy Shazam! have little obvious sonic relation to either of those bands, but they do share a mindset, tossing the Rock handbook out of the van and backing over it repeatedly. Like John Zorn and Frank Zappa scoring Heavy Metal cartoon soundtracks, The Flamingo Trigger is a head-spinning whirl of songwriting experimentalism and aural adventurousness.

Similar to Mike Patton's Mr. Bungle project, Foxy Shazam!'s music has a maniacal, carnival-like dynamic that keeps you on your toes throughout the entire album. The group combines pummeling, heavier-than-God riffing and rhythms with more spacious fare, pulling in elements from the entire history of Rock music (from Metal and '50s to Punk and Surf). Miraculously, they often pull this broad-reaching task off within the span of a single song. Singer Eric Nally has one of the more unique voices in local music.

Nally can "sing" well in the traditional sense, but his spastic howl is what's most drawing. Nally's intense, wild-eyed vocals manage to be both melodic and percussive (when he does the Metal "Cookie Monster voice," he might well be trying to sound like the real Cookie Monster). Keyboardist Sky White's work on the album creates another unique dimension — his sometimes fluttery, sometimes dissonant pounding provides the backbone to this exceptionally distinct album. Though your average, pedestrian Rock radio fan would probably run screaming, there's something uncommonly accessible about their fearless explorations. There's a lot of humor in the lyrics (and with song titles like "October Surf Suitcase Fish," you get a sense of their abstract, eccentric frame of mind), but The Flamingo Trigger is seriously superb.

If you tire of the same old verse/chorus/verse cookie-cutting in Rock music, let Foxy Shazam! slap you around for a little while. When Nally sings the hook "Heavy Metal sucks and Rock & Roll's dead!" on "Seagulls of Rhinocerous Bay," you get the sense that he and the band really believe it. Consider The Flamingo Trigger their CPR. (foxyshazam.com)

More Local Notes
· Jake Speed's annual "Rivertown Breakdown," the area's finest Roots/Americana music festival, returns to the Southgate House Saturday. The event, which benefits the annual "River Sweep" clean-up of the Ohio River, presents everything from Blues and Bluegrass to Folk and Zydeco. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and features Comet Bluegrass Allstars, Prudence Hunt, The Clifftones, The Katie Laur Band, Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, The Sidecars, Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, Lagniappe, The Blue Rock Boys, Greg Schaber, Roanoke Ramblers, The Stardevils, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Speed with his band, The Freddies, and others. (rivertownbreakdown.com)

· Gerald's Rainbow celebrate the release of their latest album, Calling You, at the Mad Frog Friday with guests Medic, Strip the Image and Zox. The band says they worked on the album of primal, psychedelic Hard Rock with Live guitarist Chad Taylor in Pennsylvania as well as locally at Ultrasuede Studios.

· My Passion Project is a new documentary film put together by local musician Chuck Land, who was inspired to create the flick after he relocated to Lexington in 2000 and found his passion for the talented artists in that town matched his enthusiasm for Cincinnati music. The film features performances and interviews with acts of varying genres from both Cincinnati and Lexington (Cincy area acts include Rumpke Mountain Boys, Shepherd's Pi, The Roscoe Justice Band, Mister Creeper, Fathead Davis and Sonny Hill). My Passion Project has its world premiere Sunday at 3 p.m. at the 20th Century Theater. Following the film, there will be a concert featuring several local artists, including The Naked Redheads, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Appalachian Highway and others. A DVD version of the movie will soon be available on Land's Web site. (landmanproductions.com)

· Local rockers Fickle open for South African Rock sensations Seether at Bogart's Wednesday. Fickle, who have plans to tour out east this summer, recently welcomed new drummer Chris Mueller (formerly of Stonewater) into the fold and plan on starting work on a new album in the fall. (fickleband.com)

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