Fishboy, July 22, Neurolux 

This week's Road Show

Sorting through a bunch of padded envelopes is all in a day's work for me. Receiving a press kit with the address, a giant handwritten hello and a stick-figure drawing all done in green marker is not. Add to that a personalized note signed with a big heart, and the CD is a guaranteed must-listen. So, I popped Fishboy's newest release Little D into my computer and listen I did.

In their press release, it states that they "draw their influences primarily from the glut of mid '60s psych-pop albums such as Donovan's Mellow Yellow." Fishboy's music is a little bit schizophrenic. It's a kind of planned chaos and needs to be approached with an open mind. In just the first half of the 14 tracks on this CD I heard a theremin, timpani drums, an alarm clock, some sort of woodwind and an accordion and all of this is somehow because of the small Texas town of Denton from whence they come.

Denton is also the impetus behind the album's name. Sounds strange but anyone who has ever lived in, visited or driven by a small town knows there is always something lurking under the surface. In this case, it was Fishboy.

Fishboy is Eric Michener, Winston Chapman, Adam Averamescue and Brady Goodwin and with their collective knowledge (or in spite of it) of tuba, french horn and piano decided to become a rock band anyway.

Fishboy will be exploring their inner geeks on stage at the Neurolux this week. If they are half as quirky and clever in person as they are musically, I think I'm in love.

--Amy Atkins

July 22, 9 p.m., opening for Ebb & Flow, 9 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 336-5034.

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