Ferdinand the Bull
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Nationally Touring IndieFolk/Americana band from Pittsburgh, PA
“Alt-folk foursome Ferdinand the Bull has already secured a spot in my musical heart due to taking their name from one of my favorite books as a kid. Luckily, they craft some pretty magical music as well. With the sounds of early Americana string bands and harmony-rich vocal interplay. Get ready, Ferdinand the Bull might just end up being your new fall soundtrack.” – Noisetrade Music
“Great, upbeat and fun. Folk rock with interesting and fun arrangements and their enthusiasm was contagious.” – InYourSpeakers
Ferdinand the Bull is the project of Pennsylvania-based singer/songwriter Nick Snyder and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Rabideau. Since its inception in 2013, the band has grown from a passion project of Nick’s into a force to be reckoned with in the midwestern folk scene. Their energetic live shows, driven by bold vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and a bombastic rhythm section, have captivated audiences across the country.
In their newest album Painting Over Pictures, a colorful instrumental backbone supports a raw, honest lyrical body. Nick’s earnest songwriting and Bryce’s eclectic arrangements make for a compelling combination. The duo draws inspiration from traditional folk and contemporary music alike, and the result is an emotional and infectious record that deepens in meaning and scope the more you listen to it. Boasting an expanded palette that includes a string quartet, a horn section, and a host of other musical textures, Painting Over Pictures is the band’s most vivid and expansive album to date.
Ferdinand the Bull is a meditation on vulnerability and passion – the inescapable feeling of growing too big for your past and yearning to hold on to it anyway.
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