David Bazan on NPR's All Things Considered

Pedro the Lion is known for its sometimes dreamy lyrics that take on internal conflict, often filled with religious angst.

Even as many of their songs tackled faith, the Seattle-based band, formed in 1995, quickly gathered a wide indie rock following.

A decade later, the band and its frontman David Bazan reached a tipping point — as Bazan questioned his religious beliefs, the band dissolved when he embarked on a solo career.

Fast forward to 2017: Bazan announced that he would start touring again with a group of musicians under the familiar name, Pedro the Lion.

Bazan spoke with NPR's Sarah McCammon about going back on tour and making new music under his old moniker.

Pedro The Lion Signs To Polyvinyl

Today is the first day back in the studio as Pedro the Lion. After writing and arranging a handful of new songs, then rehearsing and arranging them further with the band, we're ready to record a couple of them for a new album. I didn’t realize what calling my music Pedro the Lion again would mean to me, but it’s re-connected me to parts of myself and my history (both sonic and personal) that I had lost touch with. This re-awakening is making the process so enjoyable and I’m grateful for the chance to do this again.

As a music fan I’ve watched Polyvinyl thrive in a brutal marketplace and grow their seminal roster to include even more bands that I’m downright obsessed with. As a cog in the music business I’ve gotten to know and appreciate their inner workings gradually through mutual friends and colleagues over many years of visiting their offices in Champaign, Illinois. So when looking for a record label for Pedro the Lion I realized pretty quickly that Polyvinyl was a fantastic fit. I am so thrilled to be working with them. - David Bazan

Help Pedro The Lion Buy A Van



Starting in February, Pedro The Lion will be going on tour for the first time in 12 years! We’re very excited for you to hear and see what we’ve put together for the tour. We’ve done a ton of work to make a great show and production. 

Some of you might know, Bazan's tour van was totaled when he hit a deer while on tour in 2013. That van traveled across North America many times, logging over 170,000 miles on tour. It was a tough loss (for Bazan and the deer). 

Now we need your help to buy a new tour van. In an effort to raise money for the van, we're offering these limited edition shirts and posters. The poster will have the name of everyone who who contributes.

We'll take orders through February 14. After that, they’re gone forever. No re-prints. 

+ Shirts and posters will be shipped together a study poster tube. 
+ All orders will be shipped by March 23.

+ Shirt Material: 100% Cotton
+ Shirt colors: Slate Grey. Navy Blue, Olive Green
+ Print color: Light Grey, Medium Grey, Black
+ Printed By: Seen Merch in Kansas City, MO

+ Printed 100% recycled 130lb uncoated paper
+ Size: 11" x 17" 
+ Printed by Dixon Graphics in Champaign IL

Thanks for your help! We'll see you soon.

Pedro The Lion 2018 Tour!


Last spring, after 11 years of performing and recording under his own name, Dave Bazan's growing fatigue with working alone hit a tipping point. "I missed the energy of making music with other people on stage and constantly traveling alone was starting to really sting", Bazan recalls. "I needed to be in a band again".

At that point, assuming this new band would be billed as "David Bazan Band" or similar, he began to set the wheels in motion to make it happen. He rented a rehearsal space again, hired a couple buddies for upcoming tours, and started fleshing out demos for the band to cue off of.  

He didn't realize it at first, but by mid-summer something big started to dawn on him: he had stumbled back into the very same process that yielded the first three Pedro the Lion records. "To my surprise, it felt a bit like coming home."

Bazan is very excited to be back playing rock & roll as Pedro the Lion again. The set list for the 6 previously-announced sold-out shows in the Pacific Northwest later this month and the full US tour in 2018 will span every Pedro the Lion record and then some.


with special guest Marie/Lepanto

Feb 8 : St Louis MO - Old Rock House - BUY TICKETS
Feb 9 : Kansas City MO - Record Bar - BUY TICKETS
Feb 10 : Tulsa OK - The Vanguard - BUY TICKETS
Feb 12 : Dallas TX - Trees - BUY TICKETS
Feb 13 : Austin TX - Mohawk - BUY TICKETS
Feb 14 : Houston TX - Rockefeller's - BUY TICKETS
Feb 16 : New Orleans LA - One Eyed Jacks - BUY TICKETS
Feb 17 : Birmingham AL - Saturn - BUY TICKETS
Feb 18 : Gainesville FL - High Dive - BUY TICKETS
Feb 19 : Orlando FL - The Social - BUY TICKETS
Feb 21 : Carrboro NC - Cat's Cradle - BUY TICKETS
Feb 22 : Atlanta GA - Terminal West - BUY TICKETS
Feb 23 : Nashville TN - Exit/In - BUY TICKETS


MAY 2018
with special guest David Dondero

May 8 : Vancouver BC - Biltmore Cabaret - BUY TICKETS
May 9 : Portland OR - Revolution Hall - BUY TICKETS
May 12 : San Francisco CA - The Independent - BUY TICKETS
May 13 : Oakland CA - Starline - BUY TICKETS
May 14 : Los Angeles CA - Teragram - BUY TICKETS
May 17 : Solana Beach CA - Belly Up Tavern - BUY TICKETS 
May 18 : Phoenix AZ - The Crescent Ballroom - BUY TICKETS
May 20 : Denver CO - Bluebird Theatre - BUY TICKETS
May 21 : Fort Collins CO - Washington's - BUY TICKETS
May 22 : Salt Lake City UT - Urban Lounge - BUY TICKETS
May 23 : Boise ID - Neurolux - BUY TICKETS
May 24 : Missoula MT - Top Hat - BUY TICKETS


with special guest to be announced

Aug 6 : Indianapolis IN - The HI-FI - BUY TICKETS
Aug 7 : Ferndale MI - Loving Touch - BUY TICKETS
Aug 8 : Toronto ON - Lee's Palace - BUY TICKETS
Aug 10 : Allston MA - Brighton Music Hall - BUY TICKETS
Aug 11 : Philadelphia PA - Union Transfer - BUY TICKETS
Aug 12 : Washington DC - Black Cat - BUY TICKETS
Aug 14 : New York NY - Bowery Ballroom - BUY TICKETS
Aug 15 : Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of W'burg - BUY TICKETS
Aug 16 : Pittsburgh PA Mr. Small's - BUY TICKETS
Aug 17 : Cleveland OH - Grog Shop - BUY TICKETS
Aug 18 : Newport KY - Southgate House - BUY TICKETS
Aug 20 : Davenport IA - Raccoon Motel - BUY TICKETS
Aug 21 : Omaha NE - The Waiting Room - BUY TICKETS
Aug 22 : Minneapolis MN - Fine Line - BUY TICKETS
Aug 23 : Milwaukee WI - Turner Hall - BUY TICKETS
Aug 24 : Chicago IL - Thalia Hall - BUY TICKETS

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