Ken Leighton 3 p.m., July 26
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- Blurt: "From a Daffodil to a Fowl" · Dec. 9, 2009
Singer-guitarist Ben Jerman parted ways with the Daffodils in summer 2006. At the time, the band played monthly gigs at the Casbah and were within weeks of recording their first EP; Jerman quit, saying he was headed in a different direction than the rest of the band.
Jerman spent the next three years playing guitar and writing dozens of songs in his North Park home, delving into twangy Americana sounds with a hint of Kinks-inspired rock.
Despite having the songs, Jerman didn’t rush out to find other musicians to start a band; instead he waited until finding the right players, such as guitarist Alex Jones, who plays guitar for surf-rock band Monsters from Mars. Jones then suggested bringing on Monsters bandmate Bianca Batti to play bass. A few months later, John Commune, singer and guitarist for the John Foothills Band, joined on drums, and Andrew Geldmeier, former guitarist for the Apes of Wrath, agreed to play organ for the band now known as Little Fowl.
“This time around, I found the right people, people who could play and who wanted to have fun,” says Jerman. “This time around it’s about the songs, the right amount of reverb. This time, I didn’t have to settle.”
In late 2009, just before getting back onstage after his three-year hiatus, Jerman said, “[It will be] nice to get the first few shows out of the way, get the nerves all out, but for me, it’s about having fun, making some noise, and getting a couple of free drinks at the bar.”
Little Fowl’s debut EP was recorded at Archival Sounds with John Cota of Rats Eyes.