Local 913, Episode 42: Ferdinand The Bull
Nick Snyder and Evan Altieri, members of the Pittsburgh indie folk act, Ferdinand the Bull, met in 9th grade in Kutztown, PA. The pair only became close friends about three years ago when they found themselves hanging out due to a power outage where Evan was living. The two found a common bound in music, particularly Elliott Smith, which sealed the deal for a musical partnership. When it came time to name their band, Evan says he found inspiration from their musical hero:
“When I started getting into music, particularly listening to Elliott Smith, on his album Either/Or has his tattoo visible. It’s a picture of the Spanish artwork of Ferdinand the Bull, which reintroduced me to the story. After doing some research, the name kind of stuck. Nick and I talked about it for a long time when choosing band names.”
Nick went on to explain how they relate themselves to the character Ferdinand The Bull:
“I think we kind of relate to it because it’s about a bull who doesn’t want to go with everyone else. He doesn’t want to compete in the bull fights. Instead, he just wants to sit under the cork tree smelling flowers. I always thought that reflected off of us because, it’s like, all our friends are going to parties and stuff and we’re just hanging out and playing music. I always resonated with that to say the least.”
Listen below for more on Ferdinand The Bull and learn more about their new EP, Amber Skies and The Evergreen, at their website.