Pedro the Lion has always been David Bazan, but it took a long time to get back there. Capping off a fruitful 12-year long solo career, David Bazan resurrects both the moniker and mindset of his profoundly influential indie rock outfit, Pedro The Lion. The band’s new album and Polyvinyl debut,Phoenix, marks a return to form as the follow up to their 2004 opus,Achilles Heel.Phoenix maps out the emotional intricacies of growing up in Arizona with the songs themselves a darkly hopeful introspection into home and what it means to go back, if you ever can. It is an ode to the place Bazan still loves despite how alien it can appear to him now.Phoenix is the proof that when we look for home we eventually run into it again, whether it’s in the desert, in a rehearsal space, or on a stage.
Distro from Polyvinyl Record Co.