If you were to argue that there's far too much sappy, mopey, minor-keyed indie-rock in the world, I'd agree wholeheartedly. We must be careful about the babies and the bathwater, though, and the 1998 debut by David Bazan's band Pedro the Lion makes perfect virtues of slow, slacker melodic guitar rock. As with very early Sebadoh or Alex Chilton at his most out-there, this music is as stripped-down and raw as it is weirdly poppy. Bazan wallows in the mud of doubt quite a bit, but he never loses hope completely. Downer crooning has rarely sounded so appealing. This lo-fi longplayer instantly established Bazan as a master of thinking person's CCM.
By Laura Leebove on 02.10.12 in Interviews
"So much for love, I guess I've been wronged/ But it's all right, 'cause I'm movin' on," begins "Wedding Day," a song from Rosie Thomas's 2001 debut When We Were Small. She sings about packing up her car with cassette ta...
By Jonah Bayer on 02.01.12 in Lists
Emo is a difficult genre to define - namely because so few bands openly cop to being an "emo band." Certainly not Cloud Nothings, whose latest album, Attack on Memory shares so much DNA with mid-'90s emo pioneers, it's a...
By J. Edward Keyes on 08.31.09 in Interviews
The first time I saw Dave Bazan play live was in 1997. I was wrapping up my tenure at Philadelphia College of Bible (now Philadelphia Biblical University),and Bazan was fronting the band band Pedro the Lion — whic...
By Joe Gross on 10.27.14 in Features
The singer talks about why rugby players, Philly sports teams and fans of his old band are the worst.