Foxy Shazam has been living on the road.
Through the first six months of year, Alex Nauth said the band was home for a total of two and a half weeks.
''It's really hard,'' Nauth said from his home in Cincinnati. ''There's certain things you forget you need as a human - making love with your wife. Using your own toilet. Those things don't exist on the road.''
But those are the sacrifices necessary as a disciple of ''The Church of Rock and Roll,'' the band's latest album and its first for I.R.S. Records.
''We've gone across the country at least three, four times this year,'' Nauth said. ''The kids are coming out in droves. Even in the cities we've never played before, the response has been feverish.''
Tuesday's show at The Cellar will be the band's first Youngstown-area appearance, but Nauth said he used to come down to Youngstown from Berea and hang out when he was in high school.
WHO: Foxy Shazam, Turbo Lovers and Northern Whale
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: The Cellar, 162 S. Bridge St., Struthers
HOW MUCH: $12
''We'd go sneak into parties and feel really adult and cool,'' he said.
Just about every story on Foxy Shazam doesn't get more than a few paragraphs in without a comparison to theatrical, flamboyant '70s rockers like Queen and Meat Loaf. But one of the things that distinguishes the Cincinnati band from its idols is Nauth, who weaves trumpet parts around the arena-sized guitar riffs and Eric Nally's soaring lead vocals.
Foxy Shazam - Nally, Loren Turner, guitar; Sky White, keyboards; Daisy, bass; Aaron McVeigh, drums; and Nauth - already was established in Cincinnati when Nauth joined the band. He was studying music performance at Miami University, performing in orchestral and jazz ensembles while also playing in rock bands that were rivals of Foxy's.
A couple years later he was doing some studio work with a former member of the Foxy Shazam. From there Nauth met Nally, the two of them hit it off and less than 24 hours later Nauth was in the band.
He went back to the band's first album and found places where his trumpet could accentuate the arrangements
''Everyone loved it,'' Nauth said. ''I'm still playing those parts today.''
Nauth's playing at times is as bold and brassy as the guitars and keyboards; other times it's a muted, jazzy counterpoint to the other instruments.
It's the kind of music he realized he preferred early in his college career.
''I was still doing solos with orchestras and playing with all of the jazz bands, but I knew in my heart that classical wasn't where I was going to stay,'' he said. ''It didn't feel real to me, people sitting there watching you try to play every note perfectly. It didn't feel human. There's something so seductively attractive to rock 'n' roll. The mistakes are part of it, it's part of being human.''
Foxy Shazam found the perfect partner for ''The Church of Rock and Roll'' in Justin Hawkins, the Darkness lead singer who produced the album at his home studio in England. Nally and Hawkins met writing songs for Meat Loaf's 2010 album ''Hang Cool Teddy Bear.''
''It was so easy with Justin,'' Nauth said. ''Our minds are on the same level. He had a good idea of what we wanted to go, and whenever we got blocked, he knew immediately where to go. We were on same page.
''A producer is supposed to be an extra member of the band that slides in and slides out. It usually doesn't happen that way, but it did this time.''
All of the touring helped propel the first single ''I Like It'' to the top 10 on the rock radio charts, and the band has no plans to slow down. A video for the single ''Holy Touch'' was released Monday. And after a few headlining and festival dates in the next couple weeks, the band will spend September opening for Slash (including a Sept. 19 Cleveland show at House of Blues).
Foxy Shazam has a reputation as a high-energy, unpredictable live act, and there's no shortage of YouTube videos capturing Nally's and the band's antics on stage. Local audiences can find out for themselves on Tuesday.
''It's like nothing they've ever seen in Youngstown before,'' Nauth said. ''Expect the unexpected. Each show is different. We're not going to plan it and say what's going to happen. We'll both find out together.''