Words by Mr. Sparkly
Photos by Shanda Sheldon
Foxy Shazam (9:50 to 11 p.m.)
Less than 24 hours in the Emerald City and a 600-mile drive across the state of Washington and back. That’s a small price to pay to see Foxy Shazam, one of the most entertaining bands today.
For an hour and ten minutes, Foxy Shazam delivered the kind of show that only Eric Nally and the boys can deliver. From the moment they started into Church of Rock and Roll until Nally was eating four lit cigarettes during The Temple encore, the 200-plus people packed into The Vera Project were having the time of their lives.
My friend and I were right in front of Sky White, and got caught up in the middle of the action when he lifted his keyboard into the crowd during Killin’ It and played while the fans held it up. At one point, Nally told an anecdote about a trip he took with his wife to New Orleans, before launching into the crowd favorite I Like It (see video at the bottom).
Overall, it was a great set and Foxy Shazam did not disappoint. Couple that with their in-store performance earlier in the day, and it was a trip that was well worth the drive.
Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam
Sky White of Foxy Shazam
Alex Nauth of Foxy Shazam
Daisy Caplan of Foxy Shazam
Maniac (9 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.)
Maniac stood out as a highlight of the evening for two reasons. (1) As the night progressed, the bands became less obnoxious. This was a refreshing change of pace. (2) The band is charismatic and played an energetic and fun set, delivering one catchy song after another. Co-frontmen Shawn Harris and Jake Grigg have great on-stage chemistry, and the entire crowd was dancing and singing along for the entire 50-minute set.
At first glance, it might be tempting to describe their sound as a simple nod to 80’s pop. However, their sound is a complex mixture of folk, pop, and rock elements, and the band delivers it with such energy that it’s hard not to love–which might be why Eric Nally from Foxy Shazam was in the crowd during their set.
If you have an opportunity to catch a Maniac show near you, don’t hesitate to go. You will have a good time.
Griggs and Harris of Maniac
Cadaver Dogs (8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Cadaver Dogs are a dirty, gritty rock band from Ohio who play loud, fast blue-collar rock. They have a “we don’t give a shit” attitude and that is 100 percent their intention. As I watched their set, I kept thinking that they look like a band that should have been playing in the bar scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.
Despite the drummer being a little over the top at times with his on-stage antics, I enjoyed their set and would go see these dirty mutts again.
Just Like Vinyl (8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Just Like Vinyl, a local Seattle band, played a mediocre 30-minute set. Nothing about this band really stood out as being different from other bands trying to make a name for themselves within the rock genre. The lead singer played up the stereotypical “rockstar” persona, and their set included plenty of sexual innuendos. It was as if they were trying to channel their inner Steel Panther. If that was the intention, then they are well on their way to “success.”
Just Like Vinyl