Pedro the Lion
|Pedro the Lion|
Pedro the Lion performing
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, United States|
Tooth & Nail
Made in Mexico
|Members||David Bazan, various backing musicians|
Pedro the Lion was an indie rock band from Seattle, Washington. David Bazan formed the band in 1995 and represented its main creative force, backed by a varying rotation of collaborating musicians. TW Walsh is considered to be the sole official band member besides Bazan. In 2006 Bazan and Walsh split amicably and Pedro the Lion was dissolved as Bazan went solo. Releasing four full-length albums and five EPs over 11 years, the band was known for its first person narrative lyrics with political and religious themes. Pedro the Lion was managed by Bob Andrews at Undertow Music Collective.
Pedro the Lion was formed by David Bazan in 1995 and released its debut EP Whole in April 1997. Bazan played nearly every instrument on the band's first two full-length albums, It's Hard to Find a Friend (1998), and Winners Never Quit (2000).
Winners marked Pedro the Lion's first concept album. After its completion, Bazan has claimed he initially decided not to continue writing concept albums. However, in the process of writing his next full-length Control, he realized he had inadvertently created a narrative link "about 70% of the way through [the album]" and decided to finish it in the same vein. The album's thematic content criticizes American capitalism, which Bazan notes was largely inspired by the sentiments surrounding the World Trade Organization protests in 1999.
Control also saw Casey Foubert of Seattle-based Seldom join Pedro the Lion to play the drums and keyboard. Additionally, he co-wrote "Penetration" and "Second Best", the third and eighth tracks, respectively, on the album, which was released in 2002.
Achilles Heel followed, released on May 24, 2004, and marked the beginning of Bazan's partnership with TW Walsh as the band's primary writers and musicians. Bazan described the tracks in the third full-length from Pedro the Lion as a return to the songwriting characterized by Friend and the Secure EP in the sense that there was no "pretense of anything bigger", an allusion to his previous concept albums.
In early January 2006, Pedro the Lion formally announced that they had split. The split was amicable; Bazan and Walsh continue to be good friends. Bazan said that their friendship has even been strengthened by the breakup. Bazan toured in support of Fewer Moving Parts, his solo debut EP. Walsh returned to his career as a Web application developer and is busy with his band, The Soft Drugs, and their debut release, In Moderation. David Bazan released his debut solo LP, Curse Your Branches, on Seattle-based Barsuk Records in 2009.
The Pedro The Lion catalog has been remastered for vinyl by TW Walsh and will be reissued in 2012.
- It's Hard to Find a Friend - Made In Mexico/Jade Tree - 1998
- Winners Never Quit - Jade Tree - 2000
- Control - Jade Tree - 2002
- Achilles Heel - Jade Tree - 2004
- Whole EP - Tooth & Nail - 1997
- The Only Reason I Feel Secure - Made In Mexico / Jade Tree - 1999
- Progress - Suicide Squeeze - 2000
- Tour EP '04 - Self-released / Jade Tree - 2004
- Stations - 2004
- "The Longer I Lay Here" (live) - Exploitation of Sound Vol. 1 - Hero Music - 1999
- "Breadwinner You" - The Unaccompanied Voice : An A Capella Compilation - Secretly Canadian - 1998
- "Rapture", "Backwoods Nation" - Location Is Everything Vol. 1 - Jade Tree - 2002
- "I Do" (live) - Location Is Everything Vol. 2 - Jade Tree - 2004
- "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day" (new rendition) - Maybe This Christmas Tree - Nettwerk - 2004
The band released various 45 rpm singles in limited quantities:
|"Big Trucks"||1998||Made In Mexico||1,000|
|"Song A" / "Song B" (Sub Pop Singles Club)||1999||Sub Pop||1,300|
|"Helicopter"||1999||Homemade Recordings *Not an official PTL release||1,000: 250 on red vinyl, 750 on black vinyl|
|"Progress" / A Guitar for Janie||2000||Suicide Squeeze||2,000: black vinyl + story book|
|"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"||2002||Suicide Squeeze||1,500: 500 on green vinyl, 1,000 on red vinyl|
|"The Poison Makes" / "Walk Slow" (Pedro the Lion / Seldom split)||2003||Bedside Recordings||500: hand-numbered|
|"The First Noel"||2003||Suicide Squeeze||3,000: white vinyl|
|"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"||2005||Suicide Squeeze||2,000: marbled vinyl|
|David Bazan||vocals, guitar, bass, drums, synthesizer, percussion||1997–2005||Headphones, The Undertow Orchestra, Unwed Sailor, others|
|Benjamin Brubaker||drums||1998-1999, 2003||Damien Jurado, Denison Witmer|
|Jeremy Dybash||drums||1998||Velour 100|
|Johnathon Ford||bass||1998||Unwed Sailor|
|Casey Foubert||drums, keyboards||2001–2004||Seldom, Crystal Skulls, Sufjan Stevens|
|Ben Gibbard||bass||2000||Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service, ¡All-Time Quarterback!|
|Josh Golden||bass||1998–2000||Damien Jurado|
|Frank Lenz||drums||2004–2005||Starflyer 59, Headphones, Fold Zandura, The Lassie Foundation, others|
|Ken Maiuri||bass||2004–2005||The Mammals, The Soft Drugs, Mark Mulcahy|
|Trey Many||drums, bass, guitar||1998, 2000–2001, 2005||Velour 100, Starflyer 59, His Name Is Alive|
|Yuuki Matthews||keyboards||2000–2001||Seldom, Crystal Skulls, Sufjan Stevens, The Shins|
|James McAlister||keys, percussion, drums||2004||Ester Drang, Sufjan Stevens, Denison Witmer|
|Paul Mumaw||drums||1998||Rose Blossom Punch|
|Nick Peterson||guitar||1997–1999||Fleet Foxes, Headphones|
|Tim Walsh||bass, guitar, keys, drums||2000, 2002, 2003–2005||The Soft Drugs, Headphones|
|Christian Wargo||guitar||2003||Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls, Scientific|
|Blake Wescott||drums||1998||Seldom, Crystal Skulls, Damien Jurado, Denison Witmer, others|
|Casey Wescott||2001||Fleet Foxes, The Vogue, Seldom, Crystal Skulls|
- The band is featured in the 2004 Christian music documentary Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?
Notes and references
- "David Bazan – Official Website". DavidBazan.com. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2006-12-07.
- Josh Holden (2004-01-12). "An interview with David Bazan". The Other Journal at Mars Hill Graduate School. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
- "Pedro the Lion: Sharing the Lion's Den". TimMcMahan.com. Retrieved 2006-06-09.
- Brundage, Matthew (February 11, 2006). "Interview with David Bazan". Iota Club and Cafe, Arlington, VA.
- "A Conversation with TW Walsh". http://hardtofindafriend.com. Retrieved 2007-10-27.
- "DVD Review: Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2006-05-04.[dead link]
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