David Bazan has been a consistent and constant presence in my listening history for the past decade and more. From Pedro the Lion, Headphones and his solo records, Bazan has managed to construct my own life experience into an oeuvre that spans genres whilst maintaining his own trademark minimalist delivery, whether that be via guitar tone or laconic, silently angry, vocal performances.
He’s also a workaholic. Whilst I struggle to actually get on with my regular day, he seems to be working on endless projects. His latest solo record, “Care,” was released just three months ago and now, his latest project Lo Tom have dropped their latest single Covered Wagon for you to dip your cheeky little toes into.
As I mentioned previously, Bazan is a man that spans genres. Lo Tom, a project with Trey Many, TW Walsh and Jason Martin, has been described as “genuine rock n roll that doesn’t take itself too seriously.” Honestly, not a bad way to put it. Covered Wagon, released today, thunders away with post-grunge riffs and gives Bazan a platform for his narrative lyrical structure. It’s unashamedly taking the Pedro the Lion and Strange Negotiations legacy and twisting it into an angrier, pulsating snarl of a track. Bazan may be the eternal indie rock loyalist but still has enough fire under the butt to eschew the contemplative for the anthemic