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Pink Talking Fish channels the spirits of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish

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Bassist Eric Gould came up with the vision. He imagined a tribute band that merged and melded the music of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish. It might seem an unusual combination, with Pink Floyd’s psychedelic weirdness, The Talking Heads’ smart dance music and Phish’s jams. But, it works. Pink Talking Fish has been paying tribute to the three bands for five years now.

On Friday (Feb. 2) Pink Talking Fish comes to Taos for the first time. The band is set to perform at Taos Mesa Brewing’s Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

Skier and Pink Talking Fish’s keyboardist Richard James is psyched to be coming to Taos. Snow or no, he’s aiming for a ripe, good time.

“Anytime we come to play in a new market for the first time, we’re all gung ho about it,” James said. “It’s a new place. We get to see new things. We get to eat new food and experience new experiences, and all that ties into the energy of the show.”

James explained that the craft of Pink Talking Fish is in seamlessly tying together songs from Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish. Every show is different, which gives a fresh experience for both the band and audience. Occasionally, Pink Talking Fish will throw a fourth cover band into the mix, melding in songs by The Allman Brothers Band or David Bowie or The Grateful Dead.

Examples of some of the mash-ups that Pink Talking Fish has created are: Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” fit into the middle of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself,” or Phish’s “Sand” melded into The Talking Head’s “Slippery People.” All three bands come into play for collections, such as “Run Like Hell,” “Psycho Killer,” “Run Like an Antelope,” or “Mike’s Song,” “Have a Cigar,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Weekapaug Groove.”

Pink Talking Fish is Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar. The band is based in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area.

Asked what he likes best about being part of Pink Talking Fish, James said, “Well, I love the idea that I’m playing music for a living. That’s something I wasn’t sure was possible. I knew it was possible, but I wasn’t sure it was something I would be able to do. Not only was I able to do it, but I was able to do it performing three of my favorite bands that existed. So, it is a great experience … It’s challenging which I like. Every night is different … I also just love traveling.”

Pink Talking Fish’s Taos stop is part of their 2018 Winter Tour, which also includes nearby stops in Crested Butte and Denver, Colorado.

“That’s gonna be a fun little run — us New England boys will be in Denver for Superbowl,” James said.

Rapidgrass from Colorado will be opening for Pink Talking Fish’s Taos show. The bluegrass band features Mark Morris on guitar, Coleman Smith on fiddle, Alex Johnstone on mandolin, Carl Meinecke on upright bass and Billy Cardine on slide guitar. Morris is also behind two Colorado music festivals: RapidGrass Bluegrass Festival in Idaho Springs and Rapids & Grass Music and Beer Festival in Buena Vista.

Tickets are $12.

For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com. For more on the performers, visit pinktalkingfish.com and rapidgrass.com.

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