Tag Archive: alternative press

by Daphne Melvin

After seeing Foxy Shazam’s music video for “I Like It” off their latest album, The Church of Rock and Roll, I just haven’t been able to get them off my mind, particularly lead singer Eric Sean Nally. He has a voice reminiscent of Freddie Mercury and all the charisma of a rock and roll God. He’s everything rock and roll should be, and he’s every reason why we fell in love with rock music in the 60s. I’m not sure how this band has been able to stay under my radar, because they’ve been around since the early 2000’s and have definitely been noticed by SPIN magazine, Alternative Press, and have been touring with bands like the Strokes and Hole.

I can confidently list Operation Ivy’s Energy as one of my favorite albums.  I have their album.  I even own a t-shirt.  Yet the group disbanded before I was even born.

That type of fandom is nothing new in the music world: there are more teenagers with Pink Floyd t-shirts and Bob Marley posters than anyone would care to count.  But something seems different when the original band members are still around and a reunion is still possible (as is the case with Op Ivy).

Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba has never been one to shy away from a side-project opportunity— he recorded an enjoyable album with F-Minus’s Josiah Steinbrick under the moniker Heavens, and he’s dabbled in solo material.  His latest endeavor is a duo entitled the HELL, along with Angels and Airwaves drummer (and former member of The Offspring) Atom Willard.  Angels and Airwaves itself is often considered a side-project of Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge and members of other popular groups, but in case this Inception-esque, band-within-a-band side-project-talk is getting confusing, let’s just consider the HELL a band of its own.  A very good band.