I had a really interesting conversation with David Bazan back in March, I think. PopMatters mislaid the interview for four-five months, but now it's up and it seems to read really well, to me at least.
Taking Stock with David Bazan
By Jennifer Kelly 26 July 2011
David Bazan is trying to be good.
The Seattle singer songwriter and Pedro the Lion founder was raised in a Pentacostal church. He has long been concerned with issues of faith and social justice. Still now with Strange Negotiations his second solo, the focus has turned to personal integrity. It’s a concept that makes some of his more traditionally religious friends and family members uneasy.
“Oddly enough, coming out of evangelical Christianity, it was almost scandalous for me to say, ‘I want to be a good man,’” Bazan explained in a recent phone interview. “The concept of salvation within evangelical Christianity really short-circuits people being good. There’s no real incentive for people to be good. If people confess the right things, then they’re saved and they will get to heaven, whether they are good or not.”
The music's really good, too. We get to that later in the interview.
"Wolves at the Door"