David Bazan Playing Pedro The Lion Songs
Thursday 17th August 2017
Doors 3:45 am
Here at Melting Vinyl we’re absolutely delighted to announce that David Bazan will be making a very special appearance at The Basement in January, digging deep into his catalogue to play Pedro The Lion songs along with his own solo songs.
David Bazan was, for many years, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, building a dedicated following and selling a few hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project, he found himself embroiled in a major personal philosophical and spiritual cataclysm, wrapped in a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, ditching the Pedro moniker in favor of his given name and producing two incredible pieces of work in the Fewer Moving Parts EP (2007) and the full-length album Curse Your Branches (2009).
While Curse Your Branches documents an intensely personal and complex struggle, Bazan’s new album Strange Negotiations focuses his energies toward the external, centering on his disappointment in the current state of accelerating American and global social fragmentation. Musically, most of Strange Negotiations sounds like a great rock band playing songs they’re beyond intimate with – and Bazan is audibly excited by the opportunity to play with great musicians who can match his spirited vocal delivery and fiery-but-loose lyricism. Drawing inspiration from a broad group of musical heroes ranging from Fugazi to Tom Petty, the grooves sit in the pocket, the tempos are up, and, for lack of a better word, the music swings.
David Bazan will be touring Europe in 2013, including our intimate Brighton show at The Basement, for the first time in a few years and will be digging deep into his catalog to play Pedro The Lion songs along with Bazan solo songs.
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