Though songwriter Dave Bazan fronts the enigmatic rock band Pedro the Lion,
his emotionally charged narratives, eye for telling detail, and mournful
voice have more in common with J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" or Flannery
O'Connor's "Wise Blood" than with the usual lyrical slant of popular music.
Bazan is a gifted storyteller, weaving parables of spiritual conflict,
suburban ennui, and personal surrender into magnetic, well-crafted songs.
In 1998 Pedro the Lion released their first full-length record, the
intimate, charming "It's Hard...