Where's Fishboy? On the nomination lists for recent DFW music award ballots, we mean, and in an inquiry not unrelated, where in the world?
Eric Michener, the creator of Denton indie rock's most conceptually sound albums and all-around magnet of exciting times has been busy staging Fishboy's super-meta indie-rock opera Albatross: How We Failed to Save the Lone Star State with the Power of Rock and Roll at shows around the country for, like, two years. And it seems that epic story is not yet over.
We just received notification from Fishboy himself that a follow-up EP has emerged from bits and pieces he wrote during the opera's conception that didn't quite fit into the Albatross narrative. But there's more.
In a way similar to the tactics Wilco used to make A Ghost Is Born, with Jeff Tweedy quickly recording rough tracks on vocals and acoustic guitar as the band listened and played along in another room, inaudible to Tweedy, Michener passed along skeleton versions of the orphaned songs to Mark Sonnabaum, who produced the townie-chronicling Fishboy album Little D, and Howard Draper of Shearwater/Okkerville River/Little Grizzly fame. Except Michener gave the producers, called the Om Nom Noms (for their power to consume) complete license to do with the songs what they would.
We were granted a listen to the nine songs on the collection, entitled NOM. For longtime Fishboy fans such as ourselves, the definitive b-side feel of the EP is full of intriguing twists and turns on the style front. NOM's set to drop on August 18, so we won't say too much until we've had the proper time to, er, chew on it. But the rockin' song "Accidents" slipped to us to share with you shows the range of the project with its big, fuzzy punk rock sound. (The first two songs on Fishboy's Myspace page, "Cobra Cobra" and "Gabe Saucedo Hates My Guts," also appear on the EP.)
See Fishboy Friday at the Annex House with Math the Band and Giggle Party. Show's at 9 p.m.
(Psst, if you didn't get the hint, here's Fishboy's Accidents in downloadable MP3 glory)