Pedro The Lion
Pedro The Lion
Label: Jade Tree Records
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


Though the name was originally affiliated with an earnest band of truth-seekers and storytellers, the incarnation of Pedro the Lion that managed to resonate loudest is also its most quiet likeness. Enter the world of singer/songwriter David Bazan.

As a five-piece, Pedro the Lion mustered up enough material to record a mostly-loud EP for Tooth & Nail in 1997 before finally disbanding and reinventing itself as an alias for Bazan's solo songwriting muse. Quickly following up the EP with a full-length album, It's Hard To Find A Friend (re-released on Jade Tree) for the venerable Made In Mexico label, Bazan rightfully deconstructed the meaning of the name and attached to it the sense of warmth, vulnerability, and breathy intimacy that inspired SPIN magazine to call it one of the "ten best records you didn't hear" in 1998.

After releasing an EP, The Only Reason I Feel Secure (also re-released by Jade Tree) for Made In Mexico and signing with Jade Tree in 1999, Bazan has been steadfastly working on changing his reputation for writing music you won┬╝t hear: Indeed, Winners Never Quit has become his best-selling record to date - and that's no small feat considering the songs piece together the story of a sinful man determined to get to heaven by remaining "uncaught."