On their latest record, Tomorrow the World, the band -- which consists of singer/guitarist Hans Rotenberry, drummer Scott Ballew, bassist Mick Wilson and guitarist Jeremy Asbrock -- has added a little more power to its pop, leaning more toward Cheap Trick than Big Star. Even the slow songs, such as "Not Lost Anymore," are stripped of the shimmering psychedelia that marked the Shazam's two previous albums. After nine years of touring, the group has figured out what works: Finally the records live up to the promise of the live shows.
And the Shazam does put on a show. Here in the U.S., they usually play at small clubs, but they've honed their set on big stages in the U.K., where they've had enormous critical support and moderate commercial success. That hasn't quite translated here at home, but it won't keep the Shazam from making Off Broadway feel a lot bigger on the inside than it really is.