Tactics Productions presents
Caged Animals, Fishboy
2720 Elm St.
Dallas, TX, 75226
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Maher Baba disciples, Darwin studied and performed as a tap dancer from age 8 to 18. His first compositions were guitar pop songs that he wrote aged 11 after his father, an amateur songwriter and a professional psychologist taught him his first chords. By age 13 Darwin was listening to electronic music – Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy and jungle/drum 'n bass and indie hip hop such as Dr. Octagon, composing mostly epic instrumental jungle throughout his teens.
After attending and promptly dropping out of Wesleyan University, Connecticut Darwin moved to NYC's East Village. Here he worked as a waiter at a vegan restaurant whilst picking up his guitar in spare moments, this time with less strings and a less traditional approach to composition. Inspired by Animal Collective and The Strokes, he composed noise pop that no one ever heard, then got serious about music and started attending open mic nights. Having discovered the joy of lyric writing and becoming "Darwin Deez", he created his successful eponymous debut, which featured future hit singles 'Constellations', 'Radar Detector' and 'Up In the Clouds'.
Forming a band, member by member until there were four, they signed to UK independent label Lucky Number in late 2009 and spent the next 2 years touring the world. When time came to make album two in the fall of 2012, Darwin relocated from the chaotic hustle and flow of New York City to Asheville, North Carolina so he could work and record free of distractions. The results? 2013's sophomore LP 'Songs For Imaginative People', which comes out Feb 11th 2013 and is preceded by the single 'Free (The Editorial Me)'. Singularly a brilliant, hilarious, complex, entertaining individual, Darwin Deez writes songs that will make you want to bust out your dancing shoes while also cutting to that raw, emotional nerve.
Caged Animals is a lo-fi/synth-pop project of Vincent Cacchione, frontman of Soft Black.
Fishboy is a four-piece eccentric indie pop band from Denton, TX that began as the bedroom solo project of front man Eric Michener. He was given the nickname on a middle-school field trip after a dare to pluck and swallow a fish at the Dallas World Aquarium. Six years and several shoe boxes full of cassette tapes later, Michener moved from the suburbs to the Texas rock-and-roll Mecca of Denton with a handful of low budget recordings released by the close-knit Austin music collective Business Deal Records. It's here that the little project became a full-fledged rock band that has since taken on several forms, the most current of which meshes the band's lo-fi twee pop roots with a loud, energetic rhythm section topped with the occasional horn, piano, or organ, the result of which is somewhere along the lines of fellow Texans Daniel Johnston and Britt Daniel (Spoon) joining the Danielson Famile to play for Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Daniel Day Lewis (moustache) as they both drink Jack Daniels on a Sunday afternoon. Since 2005 the band has toured across the nation more than a few times and has walked away with a couple of broken vans and a few gold nuggets, the first of which is a partnership with the Athens, Georgia label Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records. The second is a greater appreciation of their home, the folks that surround them, and the rich history of Texas music. These themes run deep through the band's new album, Albatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock And Roll, a record that Michener calls "a rock opera about how myself, the band, and the ghost of Buddy Holly attempt to save Texas by going on a tour/crime spree in order to perform all 8,030 of the songs I've written in my sleep since I was in the womb." As well as a new album, the next year will feature a 7" as part of the HHBTM Singles Club, appearances on HHBTM, Business Deal, and Asthmatic Kitty compilations, a trip to the 2007 CMJ new music festival, and a couple more of those US tours (the ghost of Buddy Holly has yet to be confirmed.)