One of the hardest touring and most internationally renowned bands to come out of Cincinnati in the past decade, electrifying carnival rockers Foxy Shazam, are all set to release their new album, The Rock and Roll Church, which is due in stores this Tuesday. But the band’s fourth full-length won’t be coming out on Sire/Warner Brothers, the major label that released Foxy’s previous two albums and helped them amass a dedicated following in the U.S. and overseas. Last year, Foxy Shazam — which most recently has been touring with popular acts like The Darkness and Panic at the Disco — became the first band to sign with the newly relaunched I.R.S. Records.
It’s not the first time a Cincinnati band has signed to I.R.S. Early on, one of Cincinnati’s most successful bands of the last 20-plus years — Over the Rhine — signed a deal with the same label, which was founded in 1979 by Miles Copeland (brother of Police drummer Stewart) and home to key “Alternative” music releases by R.E.M., The English Beat, Concrete Blonde, The Go-Go’s and many others. The new I.R.S. Records is being re-sparked as a joint venture between Crush Management (whose founders have guided the careers of Train and Gym Class Heroes) and EMI.
Foxy Shazam plays Madison Theater Saturday with Banderas, Cadaver Dogs and Automagik. Read more in Mike Breen's column, Spill It.