What happens when you cram 200 people into a room the size of a living room and invite Foxy Shazam and friends over? I’ll tell you. I had the pleasure of going to one of Utah’s smallest venues, Kilby Court on 04/12/12 to check out a “revival”. Foxy Shazam, the biggest little band you’ll ever see, rolled through my town. They brought along support acts Cadaver Dogs and Maniac.
Cadaver Dogs…..this band is gritty, loud, and a lot of fun to watch. Frontman Mat, well, let’s just say he made it more than clear that he was there to “please” the crowd haha. He brought serious energy. One of my favorite moments was when guitarist Cole wrapped the mic around the stand and held it over into the crowd for the crowd to sing along. I was getting a kick out of this baby-faced crowd(it’s an all ages venue) smiling politely at Mat’s sexual references and drummer Alex’s coughcough “gestures”. I enjoyed their performance and would definitely see Cadaver Dogs play in Utah if they decide to come back.
Next up was Maniac. I had heard that this was an 80’s band. I would not necessarily classify them this way. While they very enthusiastically crammed 6 people onto the tiny stage and sang for us, I got a Grouplove-meets-Men At Work-meets-ABBA vibe off of them.
The songs were positive, warm, and you could tell that this band has a tightly knit unit. The front men had a very candid and brotherly repoire. I was able to get some shots of them while they performed songs including hit,” Pride of Lion”. They left me feeling happy and I got my fill of la la la’s no doubt.
Lastly, before Foxy Shazam came out, there seemed to be about 50 extra people that smashed into the already surging crowd. The excitement was thick, and I was really pleased at the turn out. I didn’t know that so many Utahns were into Foxy. As the ensemble made the walk onto the stage, the crowd was cheering and screaming. By this time, I’d lost a lot of ground and been forced to the side of the tiny stage. I had the pleasure of standing right behind trumpet madman Alex. I was kindly warned by Mat of Cadaver Dogs that Alex kicks, and to beware. He was right. I spent a lot of time admiring his legs and horn work. Foxy Shazam delighted us with several songs, including “Holy Touch”, “I Like It” and the awesome “Church” intro.
The head of Foxy, Eric Nally, is incredibly flexible. This man basically did the worm from a standing position. For a very small stage he surely explored the space, and being that I was relegated to side stage I was very happy he faced my way quite a bit. I was groin-level a lot of the time kneeling on the ground to shoot through people’s legs trying to get this spectacle on camera for you. And I succeeded. Eric is a born performer. He would be fun to watch without anyone else on stage. At one point he requested the lights be dimmed. We’re at a place that has basically a string of colored bulbs and two clamp lights for lighting. As the lights could not be dimmed, Eric simply unscrewed the bulbs and gave us mood lighting. I was also delighted to see SO many fans screaming along every lyric with the band. It impressed me that there were so many true fans, and of such a young age. There is hope afterall.
If you don’t go and see Foxy Shazam on this tour, in these small clubs, you’re missing an opportunity to be part of a rock legend in the making. This band is big already, but they will be selling out venues and booking larger gigs. Go, now. See the Church of Rock and Roll, say a prayer and prepare your testimony, because YOU are the apostles that will spread the word. Please enjoy the photos below. Amen.