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It’s been three years since singer-guitarist Ben Jerman parted ways with the Daffodils. At the time, the band played monthly gigs at the Casbah and were within weeks of recording their first EP; it was then that Jerman quit, saying he was headed in a different direction than the rest of the band.

Jerman spent those 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 he found the right people. He found those people in some of San Diego’s other local bands, 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. The five of them now make up Little Fowl.

“This time around, I found the right people, people who could play and who wanted to have fun,” said Jerman during a December 1 interview. “This time around it’s about the songs, the right amount of reverb. This time, I didn’t have to settle.”

As for getting back onstage after his three-year hiatus, Jerman says, “[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 is preparing to play their second show on December 11 at Bar Pink with locals Jungle Fever and L.A. band Underground Railroad to Candyland. In addition to booking live shows, Little Fowl plans to record an EP at Archival Sounds sometime in January with John Cota of Rats Eyes.

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beezeley Dec. 10, 2009 @ 6:42 p.m.

Thanks for the props, Ben. Hope it works out this time. beezeley/Nautical Disaster/ex-Daffodils

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jayefurlonger Dec. 11, 2009 @ 3:24 p.m.

“This time around, I found the right people, people who could play and who wanted to have fun,” said Jerman during a December 1 interview. “This time around it’s about the songs, the right amount of reverb. This time, I didn’t have to settle.”

Nice. After three years on hiatus, one of only two quotable things that Ben had to say is a direct dig on his former Daffodils band mates.

So, since I am one of those two other people who were in the Daffodils, and since Ben failed to make any exceptions in his statements, I assume he's talking about me as much as he is talking about anyone else.

In my defense, I would like it to go on record that, contrary to Ben's inaccurate recollections, I actually do like having fun. I'm actually a pretty good bass player too. In fact, I have about twice as many years experience playing bass as Ben does guitar, and I have been involved in playing music with groups of people in a variety of situations from rock bands to symphony orchestras since I was about 8 years old -- that's 30 years... So, Ben, you were "settling"? Whatever.

I would also like to call attention to the statement about the "right amount of reverb." Ben was the only guitar player in the band, so if he was unhappy about the reverb, then that was strictly his own fault.

And also, we weren't about to record an EP, we had just finished recording an awesome EP with Gar Woods of Beehive and the Barracudas and The Nightmarchers (among other awesome bands). 'Too bad the cd never got to see the light of day; it was great! I even still listen to it from time to time, although I probably won't be doing that for a while now...

So, if crapping on his former bandmates is how Ben is going to hit the ground running with his new band Little Fowl, why not just call themselves "Little S***hawk" instead?

Jaye Furlonger

P.S. To Ben's new band: Make sure to keep up with your side projects! As one Casbah bartender casually informed me right after the Daffodils spontaneously and unceremoniously broke up, starting bands and breaking them up right when things start getting good is Ben's long-running "M.O." I wish I'd known that sooner.

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