Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “People” by David Bazan from the 2011 album Strange Negotiations released on Barsuk Records.
Seattle native David Bazan came to be known in the late 90s and 00s under the moniker Pedro the Lion, a band that went through various lineup changes before ultimately coming down to Bazan and his lyrical rock that often saw God as the focus of its attention. Following the 2004 release, Achilles Heel, Bazan retired the name Pedro the Lion and began working toward releasing material under his own name. In 2006, he released the EP Fewer Moving Parts, which he followed up with Curse Your Branches in 2009, his full-length debut as a solo artist.
2011’s Strange Negotiations is the much-anticipated follow-up to Curse Your Branches, and I don’t think there’s any point in trying to sum it up better than KEXP Music Director Don Yates did in his review of the album:
While the last album from Seattle’s David Bazan found him grappling with personal issues of faith and dependence, his latest looks outward at a dysfunctional culture consumed by greed, cruelty and apathy with a typically strong set of dark, probing songs. The album’s bleak themes are somewhat leavened by a mostly uptempo, more cohesive basic rock sound fostered by using his regular touring band in the studio for the first time.
Bazan and his band are currently touring in support of Strange Negotiations, which was released on May 24. They’ll be playing at the Showbox at the Market with Rocky Votolato on July 16, and will be stopping by KEXP for an in-studio performance on the 18th. For more tour info, click here. While we’re waiting, here’s another song from the new album, performed live on KEXP during our Ballard Day broadcast last month: