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WATCH: Foxy Shazam Unplug at SPIN


Cincinnati’s Foxy Shazam are one of the most electrifying new bands around — and are about to blow the roof off theaters around the country starting next week as the opening act on Hole’s summer tour.

During a recent acoustic performance at SPIN’s NYC office, frontman Eric Nally traded in his usual over-the-top stage antics for a quieter (but still mischievous) performance, which included a brand new Foxy song. Watch the video below!

The emphatically mustachioed Nally, joined by bandmates Alex Nauth (backing vocals) and Loren Turner (guitar), opened with “Evil Thoughts,” from Foxy’s self-titled major label debut — which earned them a spot on SPIN’s 10 to Watch in 2010 list — and accompanied it with an emotional story about the night his band put the finishing touches on the record.

“I used to cry a lot when I was a kid, and I probably stopped crying around high school,” Nally said. “That’s when you get ashamed of crying… I was driving around in the car, and I listened to the whole album … and I started bawling. It was the first time in a long time that I’ve cried. It makes me proud to have written this song because crying is an important thing in one’s life. You feel much better after you cry.”

Then the trio launched into a semi-a capella version of “Evil Thoughts,” but undercut the emotional overload of Nally’s intro by cheekily stopping the song in mid-stride to discuss dinner plans. Then Nally sang the last verse in a chipmunk-like super falsetto.

Next, they took on the doo-wop-esque “Wanna-Be Angel,” into which they slipped in a tease of Rob Zombie’s “Dragula,” then premiered “I’m in Love With a Boy,” a new song on which Nally played guitar for the first time in front of an audience.

“I knew that I had to do this song and that’s what kept me up at night until now,” Nally told the crowd of SPIN staffers. “This is the big moment. I’ve been thinking about this all week. I’m so nervous.”

But it was an instant winner, with its catchy refrain: “Our love makes too much noise.”

Watch the performance below, and tell us what you think in the comments section!