Most of us grew up or grew into Dave Bazan at some point in our life. The former frontman for Pedro the Lion has written some of the most devastating and terrifying looks into our own hearts and our own struggles with faith and trust.

Bazan's own journey from the realm of believer to agnostic has been well documented in article after article and song after song, and if you somehow missed the struggle in print, crawl out to see him live and you'd have to be blind to ignore the pain stretching out in his voice and lines. There's a wrestling that takes place every single time that Bazan starts whispering into the microphone and while I'd disagree with the resting place that he's currently at, I've always respected and hurt with this quiet bearded man. 

The cover story of the Chicago Reader provides an incredibly well-written dive into Bazan's struggle and upcoming album, Curse Your Branches, weaving narrative with lyrics and painting a vivid picture of a man who just isn't sure about Him, and isn't always happy with that.

I might as well admit it
Like I've even got a choice
The crew have killed the captain
But they still can hear his voice
A shadow on the water
A whisper in the wind
On long walks my with daughter
Who is lately full of questions
About you
About you

Also: Dave Bazan on Daytrotter

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Nathan Martin

0 Responses to Still Wrestling with the Emptiness

  1. Joel says:

    Hey, remember when some dude wrote about this Bazan thing for Patrol?

    Great piece by Jessica Hopper, she did it much better than I did.

  2. Philip says:

    As a Christian, it’s tough to read. Quite frankly, it sucks. It’s watching two good friends break up while knowing they were meant for each other.
    But honesty has a way of finding the Truth, and if there’s an encouragement there, it’s that David Bazan isn’t sugarcoating things or lying. At the end of it all, we’ve got faith, love, and hope; faith in an omnipotent God, love for Bazan, and hope that he finds his way to Truth.

  3. Joe says:

    “Most of us grew up or grew into Dave Bazan at some point in our life.” No, we did not.

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