David Bazan

David Bazan

Laura Gibson

Fri, July 8, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Johnny Brenda's

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

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David Bazan
David Bazan
David Bazan was, for many years, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, building a dedicated following and selling a couple hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project, he found himself embroiled in a major personal philosophical and spiritual cataclysm, wrapped in a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, ditching the Pedro moniker in favor of his given name and producing two incredible pieces of work in the Fewer Moving Parts EP and the 2009 full-length Curse Your Branches (Barsuk).

While Curse Your Branches documents an intensely personal and complex struggle, Bazan’s new album Strange Negotiations focuses his energies toward the external, centering on his disappointment in the current state of accelerating American and global social fragmentation.

Drawing inspiration from a broad group of musical heroes ranging from Fugazi to Tom Petty, the grooves sit in the pocket, the tempos are up, and, for lack of a better word, the music swings. It’s the first full length he’s recorded with a band – the same band with which he toured relentlessly in support of Curse Your Branches – and in spite of the dire messages the album delivers, the joy that he, Andy Fitts (bass), and Alex Westcoat (drums) take in playing these songs is beautiful.
Laura Gibson
Laura Gibson
Oregon singer/songwriter LAURA GIBSON is a remarkable lyricist with an unforgettable voice, writing about timeless questions of the human condition.  In past she has collaborated with Calexico, The Dodos and Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists), and her fourth album, Empire Builder, is out now on Barsuk Records.  

“Her best record to date...Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free.”  - 7.7  Pitchfork 
“There isn’t a song here that isn’t a low-key delight.” - **** Q

“A triumph” – 8/10, Uncut

“Ghostly wonder adorned with astonishingly beautiful EBow & strings. A record of striking refinement.” – 9/10, Guitar & Bass

“Captivating.” - **** Mojo
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/