Chicken-Like Birds play Tractorgrease
Café on Saturday.
Birds is the combination of Ari Lantela who is known for his refined sloppy
blues guitar picking and Jasmin Frederickson who has recently but
dedicatedly taken up the double-bass.
Together they sing
their original country blues and ragtime songs about adventure, independent
women, how to cook a mean batch of cornbread and the pair's strange
relationship. Slap in some on-stage antics, a few funny stories and some
strangely endearing awkwardness and you've
got Chicken-Like Birds.
Ben Everyman looks
away from a flickering TV, takes a sip of beer, and scribbles something in a
notebook. Curiosity grips you. Peering over his shoulder, you brace for some
profound revelation. Something poetic about irregular weather and
interpersonal relations. No… it’s just a crudely drawn stick figure, endowed
with disproportionately large male genitalia. You walk away disgusted. Weeks
later, it hits you.
His music is like that. Staggering across folk, country, and blues, it hints
of satire and parody, glued together by an unquenchable desire to spit in
the eyes of convention. He often performs as a one-and-a-half-man-band,
accompanying himself on drums and harmonica, lapsing into the occasional
tirade or impromptu poetry. It’s nothing but the truth, and sometimes it
happens to be funny.