Listen: Foxy Shazam’s Eric Nally is Channeling Freddie Mercury on ‘Full Moon’
If you’ve ever seen him fronting his band Foxy Shazam, you’d know that Eric Nally has never been much for restraint or subtlety. And if there’s ever been a time that we needed massive, over the top musical gestures, it’s certainly now, in this endlessly dispiriting year of the pandemic.
And so comes this rather histrionic new single by Nally titled ‘Full Moon’—during which he howls with such a force as to probably actually project across 230,000 miles. Co-written and co-produced by none other than Macklemore, it dates to when the two were touring together in 2018. (N.B. Nally also featured on the 2015 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis track ‘Downtown.’)
Yet when the song opens with the pounding of a dramatically somber piano, and the thudding of heavy drumbeats, it could almost make you think you’re about to be treated to a Jim Steinman production. But then as Nally begins to wail, “These are for the nights we can never get back / Running wild through time hope these memories last,” it’s hard not to get serious chills—especially when you consider how many nights we’ve actually lost in 2020. He’s also doing a pretty impressive job of conjuring the extravagant spirit of one Freddie Mercury, another chap who knew a thing or two about grand musical gestures.
But Nally is surprisingly stoically philosophical about the horrors of 2020: “Someday this will just be a memory, so we gotta live it,” he rightly observes.
Thankfully, we have music like his to hold us over while we do.