Twenty years ago, one of Cincinnati's most successful bands — Over the Rhine — signed a record deal with I.R.S. Records, the label founded by Miles Copeland (brother of Police drummer Stewart) and home to key "Alternative" music releases by R.E.M., The English Beat, Concrete Blonde, The Go-Go's and many others. Now, I.R.S. is back as a working label and its first signing is, coincidentally, eclectic/eccentric Cincinnati rockers Foxy Shazam. The new I.R.S. Records is being relaunched as a joint venture between Crush Management (whose founders have guided the careers of Train and Gym Class Heroes) and EMI. Foxy Shazam released two albums through Warner Bros./Sire, which — along with extensive touring — helped them amass a big following in the States and overseas.
The first sounds from the band's I.R.S. debut are available now via the band's Facebook. Click here to listen to or download your own MP3 copy of the muscular, powerful track "I Like It."
Foxy's first release for I.R.S. — their fourth overall and, as of now, still untitled — is set to be made available this January. In the meantime, Foxy Shazam will be doing what they do — touring their brains out — over the months leading up to the release. The band kicks off more tour dates with pals Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump in Reno, Nev., this Sunday, and they don't stop until that tour hits Bogart's on Nov. 6 (the last show on the tour). Two days after the Bogart's show, the band plays Liverpool, kicking of what is sure to be a massive tour with recently reconstituted cheese-rockers The Darkness.
Still shocked this didn't make the cut for first single. Maybe they're saving it for the second single.