David Bazan re-recorded Pedro the Lion/Headphones/solo material on LP w/ Passenger String Quartet (stream it), touring
photo by by Ryan Russell
Last we heard from Pedro the Lion/Headphones frontman David Bazan, he was touring PtL's album Control in full, and then as a part of the "supergroup" Overseas. Now he's teamed up with modern classical group The Passenger String Quartet for a collaborative album which will be out later this year. Here's the details:
The seed for this album was planted during a one-off show back in 2012. Bazan was invited to play a show in Tacoma WA with the Passenger String Quartet. PSQ leader Andrew Joslyn put together string arrangements for 4 songs and it was an enjoyable evening for all. They immediately began talking about doing it again and eventually started talking about making proper studio recordings of these songs. But it took nearly two years for everyone's schedules to line up again. In February 2014, they were able to spend a week at Avast! studio in Seattle tracking a collection of 10 songs pulled from Pedro The Lion, Headphones and Bazan solo albums. Long time friend and collaborator Chris Colbert recorded, mixed and mastered the album. Chris's no nonsense approach and years of friendship with Bazan helped focus the effort and they were able to record the entire album in just a few days.
David and the Passenger String Quartet are also planning a tour together, and though that hasn't been announced in full yet, a few shows have popped up including the NYC date happening on November 1 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon.
All currently known dates are listed, with live videos of David & Passenger String Quartet playing four of the album's tracks at their 2012 Tacoma, WA show, and a full album stream, below...
David Bazan & Passenger String Quartet - "Strange Negotations" Live in 2012
David Bazan & Passenger String Quartet - "Bands With Managers" Live in 2012
David Bazan & Passenger String Quartet - "I Do" Live in 2012
David Bazan & Passenger String Quartet - "Wolves At The Door" Live in 2012
David Bazan - singing, piano, guitar, percussion.
Rebecca Chung Filice - Cello.
Seth May-Patterson - Viola.
Alina To - Violin.
Andrew Joslyn - Violin & string arrangements.
Chris Colbert - recording, mixing, mastering
David Bazan / Passenger String Quartet -- 2014 Tour Dates (more TBA)
10-12 The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever - Los Angeles, CA
11-01 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
11-06 Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
11-21 Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA
Before that, David also goes on a living room tour...
David Bazan -- 2014 Living Room Tour Dates
Friday 6/20 : Calgary, AB - SOLD OUT
Saturday 6/21 : Regina, SK
Sunday 6/22 : Winnipeg, MB
Monday 6/23 : Fargo, ND
Tuesday 6/24 : Duluth, MN
Wednesday 6/25 : Madison, WI - SOLD OUT
Friday 6/27 : Morton, IL - SOLD OUT
Saturday 6/28 : Fort Wayne, IN
Sunday 6/29 : Grand Rapids, MI - SOLD OUT
Monday 6/30: Toledo, OH
Tuesday 7/1 : Ithaca, NY
Thursday 7/3 : Richmond, VA
Friday 7/4: Charlotte, NC
Saturday 7/5 : Charleston, SC - SOLD OUT
Sunday 7/6 : Augusta, GA
Monday 7/7 : Huntsville, AL
Wednesday 7/9 : Memphis, TN
Thursday 7/10 : New Orleans, LA
Friday 7/11 : Houston, TX - SOLD OUT
Saturday 7/12 : San Antonio, TX - SOLD OUT
Sunday 7/13 : Abilene, TX
Tuesday 7/15 : El Paso, TX
Wednesday 7/16 : Tucson, AZ
Thursday 7/17 : Redlands, CA - SOLD OUT
Friday 7/18 : Visalia, CA - SOLD OUT
Saturday 7/19 : Chico, CA
Sunday 7/20 : Corvallis, OR