Pedro the Lion announce first album in 15 years, Phoenix, share “Yellow Bike”: Stream

David Bazan and his reformed group will also head out on a winter tour

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Pedro the Lion, photo by Ryan Russell

Last year saw David Bazan reform his long-dormant Pedro the Lion for a string of North American reunion shows. He unveiled some new material during the trek, a tease of a studio return for the project. Now, Bazan has announced a new album from Pedro the Lion called Phoenix, due out January 18th on Polyvinyl.

The 13-track collection marks the band’s first since 2004’s Achilles Heal. After years of member turnover, Bazan shutdown PtL in 2005, searching for a form of musical clarity over the next decade. When he still couldn’t find the sense of stability he longed for, he returned to his original recording methods, as he explained in a press release:

“I had abandoned my natural way of working in the hopes of creating space for a consistent band to write with… and it hadn’t worked. So I got a rehearsal space, mic’d up drums, bass, and guitar, and really leaned into my original process again. It immediately felt like home. Before long I realized it also felt like Pedro the Lion.”

Bazan recruited Erik Walters (guitar, backing vocals) and Sean Lane (drums) to help bring his arrangements to life. They entered Seattle’s Studio X and Chris Walla’s Hall of Justice with producer Andy Park to create Phoenix. Though the crew may be new, lead single “Yellow Bike” certainly feels like PtL. Yearning without being wistful, the driven introspective of the track reflects on familiar Bazan-ian themes. “All the places I could ride/ Leaving early, packing light,” Bazan sings. “That little ache inside/ My kingdom for someone to ride with.”

Take a listen via the Jason Lester-directed video below.

Pre-orders for Phoenix are on-going. Find the album art and tracklist ahead.

Phoenix Artwork:

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Phoenix Tracklist:
01. Sunrise
02. Yellow Bike
03. Clean Up
04. Powerful Taboo
05. Model Homes
06. Piano Bench
07. Circle K
08. Quietest Friend
09. Tracing The Grid
10. Black Canyon
11. My Phoenix
12. All Seeing Eye
13. Leaving The Valley

Pedro the Lion will also head out on the road in February to support the new album. They also have some dates with Chris Staples next month, and you can find their full schedule below.

Pedro the Lion 2018-2019 Tour Dates:
11/16 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo *
11/17 – Yakima, WA @ Seasons Performance Hall *
11/18 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett *
11/23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
02/08 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
02/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
02/10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird
02/12 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
02/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
02/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
02/16 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic
02/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
02/19 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish
02/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
02/22 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
02/23 – Tacoma, WA @ Alma Mater
02/24 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret

* = w/ Chris Staples