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David Bazan

The son of a pastor, David Bazan wasn't introduced to secular music until his early youth, which helps explain the Christian-influenced songwriting of his band project, Pedro the Lion. Bazan formed the group in 1995, mixing first-person narratives and nuanced indie rock with contributions from a rotating cast of musicians. Based in Seattle, the group released four albums, beginning with 1998's It's Hard to Find a Friend and concluding with 2004's Achilles Heel. Bazan stopped using the name in early 2006, but his musical aspirations continued with several other outfits, as well as a solo career.

Shortly after dropping the Pedro the Lion moniker, Bazan joined Nick Peterson and Starflyer 59's Frank Lenz to form an electronic pop group called Headphones. He also began recording his own solo material, and 2006 saw the release of a solo EP entitled Fewer Moving Parts. The album featured five songs, each one performed twice: first as a fully-arranged song, and later in an acoustic rendition. Bazan even altered the songs' names depending on their arrangements. Named one of the Top 100 Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine, he spent the early portion of 2006 on tour in Europe with the Undertow Orchestra, an outfit featuring fellow songwriters Vic Chesnutt, Will Johnson, and Mark Eitzel. He headed to North America later that summer, supporting his EP's release with a tour alongside Micah P. Hinson.

Three years later, Bazan made his full-length solo debut with the release of Curse Your Branches. Issued on the Barsuk label, the album cracked the Billboard 200 and received warm reviews. He hit the road after its release, recording one of his live performances -- an October 2009 set at the Electrical Audio studio in Chicago -- and releasing it in 2010 as Live at Electrical Audio. The same touring band that appeared on the Electrical Audio album also performed on his second solo album, Strange Negotiations, issued during the early summer of 2011. ~ Jason MacNeil, Rovi
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One of my favorite song writers. Had a great experience seeing him perform last year. Out of all the photos that could have been selected for his artist profile picture, why pick the one that makes him look like a sociopath?
yessssssssss s s s s s s s s s s s s ! ! ! ! ! this song kills me
Yes, this song is rad!!!
Chain saw he tours with a band. Pretty rocking too.
His voice had even gotten better, strange notations is brilliant!!!
Bazan I love you. He the one artis I could never talk to no matter how many times I see him, but last year in Denton I overcame my fear, we spoke for over a hour, one of the best nights in my life!!!
Quit whining Bazan. You are depressing
Just saw him last week. Awesome show! Bazan is the man!
David Bazan speaks to my heart like only another pastor's kid could. Such amazing lyrics and insight.
amazing songwriter and artist. nuffin' beats the bazan. the truest form of songwrite lives in the soul and ghost of his music. saw him twice, once at williamsburg , once at the bowery ballroom. brilliant performer.
LOVE Bazan!
This Bazan song reminds me like crazy of Robert Pollard/Guid e d By Voices! I could have been convinced this was the same band...
wildfish7
Seen him in portland ore was there to see a band that opened for him called "Say hi" stuck around to check him out and was glad I did.
saw Pedro play a show about 8 years ago in portland and Bazan not only played with Pedro, but also with the two warm up acts, he is pretty damn talented.
eh...i kinda see ur point chainsaw, his style is so distict, whatever he wants to call himself could all pass as pedro the lion, just different eras of his inspiration. this is where the copyrights come in - thats really about it. getting stuck in mud and climbing out is enough fuel to score awesome work!
joelhorton
I would dig him more if he had a band...I'm sort of burnt out with Solo acts.
Just call it Pedro the Lion and record all the stuff solo.
bazan's voice always sticks with me long after i stop listening to his music.

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