The Fearsome Sparrow

The Fearsome Sparrow


Folk-rock songwriting twisted up with electronic experimentation.


Liz Godoy grew up in Mexico. Studies in classical ballet eventually took her to Cuba for two years. After a year in Architecture school back in Mexico she left and moved to San Diego at the age of 19. Brenden Beu was born and raised in San Diego, California. He started playing music in high school with members of The Locust and The Crimson Curse. Early studies in guitar and piano led him to a formal education in electronic music composition at San Diego State University. After their first, self-released record, Idiot Savants, the duo toured the west coast briefly, until the money ran out and Brenden had to return to school. In 2005 Brenden graduated college and the fearsome sparrow relocated to Brooklyn, NY where Brenden started working as a producer/engineer with Alex Newport for projects including Death Cab for Cutie and o'death.

During the years the fearsome sparrow have been working together, they have shared billings with such act as The Black Heart Procession, The Album Leaf, and Suckers. They were featured on the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) website for their 2007 ‘Next’ conference, as the future of music, along with such acts as Bon Iver, Prefuse 73 and Battles.

the fearsome sparrow’s second full-length album, shimmer, has been several years in the making. Though conceived as a single thought from start to finish, the songs were written over a period of five years and recorded over three. Writing folk songs while blending hip-hop beats with slow-core/post-rock instrumentals and vocals moving from harmony to overlapping melodies in counterpoint, the fearsome sparrow have forged new territory with shimmer, moving into the realm of indefinability.



Written By: the fearsome sparrow

I'd like to take you home
would you care to follow
don't bother looking out
just drink more from that bottle
I am not afraid
but don't want to share
with anyone but you

I'd like to take you home
would you care to follow
last night I was alone
when I saw your shadow
and then I found myself
running through the night
and then I found myself
running through the night

days return

Written By: b. beu/l. godoy

it's been raining
no golden mornings
I tried to play their
game but, it's been fixed
but now sun shines down
on deeds unspoken
where you're going
I can, if you can

(I once fell blinded
I threw myself outside
what if I walk past my life
every time your arms feel warm)

it's been raining
no golden mornings
the days long coming
that I'll rise, and I'll shine
'cause now sun shines down
these bones were broken
but where we're going
I can, if you can


Idiot Savants - first full length album, released 2004
Shimmer - second full length album, released 2007

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Set List

we typically do a 45 minute to 1 hour set of our own songs. Usually 7-12 songs including tracks from our two full-length albums and new unreleased songs. We occasionally play with a live drummer and extra keyboardist as well.