We’rere super excited about getting back out on tour in February to support our new album Phoenix. Tickets are on sale now and going quickly. Please don’ret delay. We don’ret want you to miss the show. And please come out early to see Tomberlin. Her new album is super good!
“I’ve made music under many brand names. It was a dumb idea,” David Bazan jokes during his performance at the Tiny Desk, in his own particularly reflective and self-deprecating way. You can find that music filed under his previous “brands” or incarnations as Headphones, Lo Tom (with TW Walsh and members of Starflyer 59) and his own name. But here Bazan returns to the one that first gave him voice: Pedro the Lion, a name he now says he intends to keep.
No matter how dark or disastrous, there’s always been an undercurrent of grace to the music of David Bazan. Even in his most righteous anger, empathy seeps through. “When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run” opens the Tiny Desk set with sparse instrumentation â€” Erik Walters on guitar, Bazan on bass, Sean Lane on brushes and snare â€” not unlike performances of yesteryear, when slyly clever-yet-quiet riffs put Bazan’s sardonic wit front and center. Twenty years after being released on Pedro the Lion’s debut album, It’s Hard to Find a Friend, the cheeky song about hypocrisy (exposing the toxic male gaze through double standards of beauty) still rings painfully true.
Bazan then introduces “Yellow Bike,” from Pedro the Lion’s forthcoming Phoenix, as “cheeky in a different way.” With a hiccuping rhythm that rolls like a Tom Petty joint down uncertain roads, Bazan recounts the thrill found in childhood bike rides, and the somewhat terrifying price of freedom that accompanies onset adulthood.
So what about all of those songs released as “David Bazan” from the past decade? Those are now Pedro the Lion songs! That includes “Kept Secrets,” originally released on 2016’s Blanco. Its slow, doleful sway closed out the Tiny Desk with a hidden hope washed in snow, “white with ocean foam.”
+ Remastered for vinyl in 2012 by TW Walsh from the original analog tapes with no digital limiting or compression.
+ Reissued in 2018 by Epitaph Records.
+ Pressed by Indpenepend Record Pressing.
+ High Quality 150g Black Vinyl.
+ High Quality Limited Edition 150g Transparent Red Vinyl.
+ Uncoated jacket and inner sleeve.
+ Each purchase comes with an instant MP3 download.
Upon its initial release in 1998, Pedro The Lion’s It’s Hard To Find a Friend was an instant hit, propelling singer/songwriter David Bazan into the consciousness of newfound fans around the globe, topping many critics’re lists and making it a must for any Pedro The Lion fan.
We have some really cool new merchandise in the web store. A brand new shirt and tote bag and a few classic Pedro The Lion shirts from the archives. We also have a limited supply of Jason Munn designed screen-printed posters remaining from the December and February tour dates.