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Boy With A Fish Band Biography -
|Alt folk rock with quirky,
poetic lyrics and a percolating beat / dark, artful music, sometimes
edgy and sometimes hauntingly beautiful / new music with Americana
roots. Jeff Claus and Judy Hyman are founding members
of Horse Flies who were on the MCA label, about whom Rolling Stone
says, "A band that's earned a buzz. They churn out swirling,
addictive songs, blending tradition with invention."
Band Members -
Jeff Claus - guitar, vocals
Judy Hyman - electric violin, viola, vocals
Rick Hansen - accordion, keyboards
Jay Olsa - bass
Ryan Cady - drums
"It's not necessary for you to know that Boy with a Fish is an offshoot of the Horse Flies, the much heralded Ithaca, NY twisted folk / rock outfit. But if you have an affinity for quirky Americana with a hushed but hauntingly powerful electric shiver, you should seek out Boy with a Fish's gripping new album, Birds Fly Backwards. The heart and soul of Boy with a Fish mirrors the Horse Flies' creative engine of vocalist / guitarist Jeff Claus and violinist / vocalist Judy Hyman. Claus sings in a reedy plea that sounds like a keening hybrid of Freedy Johnston, Jules Shear and David Byrne, while the band, fleshed out by Plastic Nebraska's Rick Hansen and Jay Olsa and, on this recording, Laurie Anderson drummer Ben Wittman, offers a dustily expansive soundtrack of melodic melancholy, airily suggesting the electric pop texture of Talking Heads and the authentic crackle of 16 Horsepower. From the shimmering opening strains of "Sometimes," with all the noir-ish menace of a Stan Ridgway short story/song ("Losing hair since I was twelve/and I think my car wants to hurt me/I can see it standing there/It's unsettling me..."), Boy with a Fish makes a deep impact with the simplest instrumentation and the sparsest arrangement. Birds Fly Backwards is quietly compelling and, with any luck, Boy with a Fish will enjoy the same longevity and accolades as their lauded parent band.
- Amplifier Magazine
"Claus' voice sounds like the product of a masterful combination of the best parts of Neil Young and Michael Stipe. ... and there is an eerie ambience created chiefly by the electric violin and the accordion. ...addictively groovable ... the quirkiness is endearing ...and the end result is signature, edgy, and big-time hip. ...Aspects of Boy bring to mind bands like Talking Heads, The Pixies, X, and PJ Harvey, but they can't be pigeon-holed. Very intelligent, very original material, made possible by hot players with a unique vision and perspective. This CD is cooler than the other side of the pillow."
- Overground Magazine
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