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Album Review

Pedro The Lion (AKA Seattle singer/songwriter David Bazan) doesn't really move forward on his 2000 Progress EP. The two new songs are two of his most depressing. "June 18, 1976" tells the story of a mother who, shortly after giving birth, jumps to her death; "April 6, 2039" tells of a depressing life that seems to have gone on too long. Both of these tracks were self-recorded, and the resulting sound is claustrophobic to the point of being spooky. The CD version of Progress includes two bonus tracks, excellent radio versions of two of Pedro The Lion's best songs, "Of Up And Coming Monarchs" and "Letter From A Concerned Follower." The seven-inch version comes elaborately packaged in a children's book called A Guitar For Janie.


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

After a shifting lineup, Pedro the Lion finally eventually became a one-man outfit. That man is David Bazan. A Seattle native, Bazan cut his teeth playing in hardcore bands before forming Pedro in 1995, taking the band's name from a character he made up for a possible children's book. Under the moniker of Pedro the Lion, Bazan creates melodic pop in the vein of Bedhead, Hayden, and Sebadoh, with a lyrical focus on relationships -- with both other people and God. Bazan also plays in the band Unwed...
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