An indie pop group whose eclectic sound embraces anything from lo-fi acoustic jangliness to full-bodied power pop gusto, Fishboy are, at their core, a vehicle for the bright-eyed zany songs of Eric Michener. Michener, a native Texan, was dubbed "Fishboy" when, provoked by a dare, he ate a live fish at the Dallas World Aquarium during a middle-school field trip -- a stunt that allegedly went on to be aired on the local news. Michener's debut album, Tim Fly's Cause He's Having Fun, was released in 2000 on Business Deal Records, a small label/music collective co-founded by Michener's older brother Dirk. A self-released odds-and-sods CD-R, The American Friends of Carlos Velez, came out two years later, and was followed up by 2003's Zipbangboom, which featured Adam Avramescu on horn. Avramescu officially joined the group on that release, and was the first of several members to be added to Fishboy's ever-shifting lineup over the course of the next few years.