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David Bazan


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Edmonds, Seattle WA, United States (1995 – present)

David Bazan (born January 22, 1976) is an indie rock singer/songwriter from Edmonds, Washington. Bazan (pronounced “buh-zahn”) was the lead singer and creative force behind the now-defunct band Pedro the Lion and was the lead singer of Headphones, a band he formed out of his interest in synthesizers. He then released an album under his name, David Bazan.

Bazan began his musical career by playing drums in the band The Guilty (later named Coolidge) with fellow songwriter Damien Jurado in 1995. Bazan had attended Shorewood High School with Jurado. In 2002, he played drums and sang backup vocals for Seldom; in 2004, he played with Starflyer 59. Bazan has made various studio appearances with Seattle-based bands; for instance, he played drums in 1998 on Unwed Sailor’s Firecracker EP, and contributed to the Rosie Thomas album These Friends of Mine.

Bazan was part of The Undertow Orchestra with Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Vic Chesnutt, and Scott Danbom (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel). They toured the USA and Europe in 2006.Bazan is a personal friend of comedian Horatio Sanz, and performed at Sanz’s 2006 Christmas show, The Ho-Ho-Horatio Christmas Special, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. In 2007 he did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session.


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  • baphometmsk

    Join Matt Besser, 4 humans –Horatio Sanz, John Gemberling, Michael Delaney, and Brian Huskey– and 1 musician, David Bazan, for this extra special musically inspired episode of improv4humans.

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    I think Fewer Moving Parts was the one thing I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish as far as releases go solo wise, which is kind of shame considering how impactful his work in Pedro the Lion has been on my life. His voice is still amazing and has a knack for still writing a great song here and there but overall the records don't have a flow that keeps me as interested as PTL material did. I loved the first half of Curse Your Branches but by the end, it lost it for me. Strange Negotiations at first seemed like a return to form for me in a way, but I haven't listened to it in a long time after I became increasingly bored with it. This Spring 2013 Tour EP is kind of nice though, Bazan always finds a way to do covers incredibly well and make them his own. Either way, Bazan has been so impactful I'll always check out what the man has up his sleeve even if I'm not 100% as I was with older work.

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • climberguy89

    SO GOOD. Check out the cover of Lost My Shape by The Tallest Man on Earth. That song is how I found David.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Audiobinge

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • these_hands

    Bazan band Control Tour whaaaaaaaaaat

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • starvingrobot

    when's he going to tour australia? does he play many pedro songs live?

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • CLaettnerVerwys

    Living Room show tonight!

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • inthebark

    I had tickets to the living room tour for four months in denver. But then missed the day, because i don't know how to read dates apparently. I Went to the house the day after the show, and was all confused. damn it feels bad.

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Rtaylor32

    thegetupkid, bazan made amazing music in pedro the lion, too. religion definitely has nothing to do with the quality of his musical output. [2]

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • shownandtold

    thegetupkid, bazan made amazing music in pedro the lion, too. religion definitely has nothing to do with the quality of his musical output.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • postymcpostertn

    Great start to the 2012 living room tour last night in Portland. Review, setlist, photos...

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • overcomed

    "Strange Negotiations" is on position two in my list with best albums of 2011. Great urban folk rock, indie rock stories, which catch me with clever lyrics and right tone of voice and guitar of David Bazan. Thank you David for this beautiful journey with your urban view of things in our life.

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • thegetupkid

    It makes me so happy when people are freed from religion. Especially when those people put out awesome music as a result.

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • postymcpostertn

    Great show at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene last night. Come back soon...

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BurningFortress

    I will not let go of you...

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • stoneharmony

    He is the monumental musician of my life. The one I'll still be listening to when I'm an old woman.

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • cool4dude

    man I wish I could get the last 2 christmas singles he put out.

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Debaser987

    I've been with you since I was just a kid Bazan, when It Was Hard To Find A Friend. Keep up with the great music, very few people have the courage to write like you do.

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • stoneharmony

    I can never get enough of this man's music. Ever.

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • overcomed

    "Virginia" is a beautiful piece of story and music, where time stops.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
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