Ohio sextet Foxy Shazam are bringing their experimental glam-rock to Toronto’s Lee’s Palace tonight with support from Larry & His Flask. Before hitting the stage, we had the opportunity of speaking with the band’s Daisy Caplan. Read the interview below as we discuss their new record Gonzo, running for Mayor, and how the internet is a powerful tool.
AMBY: Hey Daisy, welcome to AMBY and congrats on the release of your new album Gonzo! Tell us a little about the album — what was the experience like recording it?
Foxy Shazam: Thanks! Rather than build the album in the studio, as we have with our other releases, we built all the songs fully in the practice space and then used the studio to document them as they existed as live pieces. Because of this, recording went a lot more quickly, with more attention paid to overall “vibe” and less paid to technical perfection.
AMBY: On April 2nd, you announced the release of the album as a sudden surprise to all of your fans. Why did you decide to drop the album and great news this unexpected way?
Foxy Shazam: The internet is a powerful tool; it allows free and instantaneous global distribution with no middleman… seemed like a no-brainer.
AMBY: When it comes to the record’s title, what is the significance behind Gonzo?
Foxy Shazam: The significance of the title is that it can be taken a number of different ways. It’s both a shortening of a proper name and representational of a concept. To me, the interesting part isn’t how we define the title, but how someone consuming it reacts to it on their own terms in relation to the work.
AMBY: How do you feel you’ve evolved as a band since the release of your 2005 debut The Flamingo Trigger?
Foxy Shazam: We are a bunch of dudes who went thru our twenties together in a van… it’s kind of like we grew up together. We became childhood best friends, but as adults. Our band, both as a social unit and musically, reflects this.
AMBY: In support of the album, you embarked on a large tour in May. What is one of your most memorable touring experiences?
Foxy Shazam: Probably the tour we did with Tera Melos and The Fall of Troy. I’ve never been able to put my finger on it, but something about that tour was pretty close to perfect.
AMBY: If you could tour with any band, who would you choose?
Foxy Shazam: Larry and his Flask. Luckily, we get to!
AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?
Foxy Shazam: Nowhere. Time machines are made up. Nice try with the trick question.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Foxy Shazam that nobody knows yet?
Foxy Shazam: Our drummer, Aaron, is actually going to be running for Mayor of San Francisco in November. So anybody in the Bay Area be sure to give him your support.
Thank you Foxy Shazam, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout