Few local musicians burn with as much artistic ambition as Eric Michener.
Working under the musical moniker Fishboy, the Denton-based singer-songwriter continually conceives dazzling pop projects with peculiar pedigrees. An Elephant, the latest Fishboy LP, is based upon the horrifying true story of Thomas Edison’s 1903 intentional, public electrocution of Topsy the elephant. Michener enlists bassist Scarlett Wright, drummer Graham Robinson and multi-instrumentalist Adam Avramescu to help realize a relentlessly upbeat collection of 13 tracks — if you were expecting Requiem for a Pachyderm, you’ll be disappointed. Recorded by Matthew Barnhart at the Echo Lab, An Elephant is a dynamic, fearlessly imaginative album (Michener also penned a 147-page comic to accompany the LP), unlike much else you’ll hear this year.
Fishboy celebrates the release of An Elephant Saturday at Rubber Gloves with Def Rain andCriminal Birds.