Local 913, Episode 76: Ferdinand The Bull
Nick Snyder, front man for the Pittsburgh band Ferdinand The Bull, grew up being encouraged to play music:
“When I was really young, my mom would sing me to sleep every night. She would always sing “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor. We always sang in my house. My mom taught me how to harmonize with “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and I thought I was terrible! I had no idea what I was doing. One Christmas I said ‘I really wanna learn the guitar’ and my parents helped me out, we split the cost of an acoustic guitar. It was from there.”
With the help of Jay Vega at Wilderness Studios, the band worked to capture the energy and emotion of their shows, by recording the songs live for their new album, Days We Forgot. Even though, Ferdinand The Bull’s name was inspired by a tattoo that Elliott Smith had on his arm, stylistically they sound more like groups that perform old-timey-folk music like The Avett Brothers. Snyder also claims inspiration from classic films:
“I watch a lot of movies and there’s a lot of stylistic that I do. I wanna say actually, people talking; like the way people talk in old movies from 1940s for some reason really reflects in my lyrics writing.”
Learn more about Ferdinand The Bull at their website.