|Foxy Shazam frontman Eric McNally talks about his band's new, free surprise album Gonzo, what that word means to him, and about the history of mental illness in his family which inspired a lot of this record. The interview gets pretty personal; you can check out a snippet below and read it in full here.|
For me, gonzo isÖ I feel like my dad has lost his mind a little bit. Like, since I was a kid, I just feel like my dadís lost his mind. And I think thatís been something thatís hereditary in our family. I think ďgonzo,Ē for me, is my fear of what I mightÖ Itís like me applying my dad to myself, and my band and my career and everything. Just imagining. Or really being fearful of whatís to come. ... Nobody in my family will really talk about it. Itís something thatís always been extremely private. The part about it that really messes me up is that Iíve always looked up to my dad. Heís been the thing inside me, where Iíve always been like ďok, I need to channel my dad.Ē Like, onstage, if youíve seen Foxy live, all the antics and everything in between songs, thatís all inspired from my dad. Iíve always looked to him, Iíve always channeled my dad as being my uniqueness. What I hold in myself to be my special thing that sets me apart from everybody. And then when I got home from the Church Of Rock And Roll [Tour], and being gone for so long, I saw him again, and it was likeÖ Whatever it was I saw before that was inspiring me now became a threat. Or more, like, scary. I just didnít get it. It almost made me think the thing Iíve been channeling this whole time is actually not good for me.