I might as well admit it / like I even have 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 with my daughter / who is lately full of questions about You
(from "In Stitches")
You can't envy David Bazan for the scrutiny he faces from his Christian fans. Bazan, a fairly soft-spoken songwriter, was thrust into the limelight of the Christian indie rock scene in 1999 when his band Pedro the Lion made a great little record called It's Hard to Find a Friend, featuring some gut-wrenchingly honest songs about faith like "Secret of the Easy Yoke." As Pedro's acclaim grew in both Christian circles and the rock press at large, Bazan became almost a symbol of what Christian indie rock could be: artful, honest, cool, doubting, faithful—a lot of labels were pinned on Pedro the Lion, and a lot of hopes. There was hardly anybody invested in faith and music who didn't see Pedro as some kind of sign of the times, whether it was a youth pastor who could finally turn his students on to a Christian band that voiced the doubts they felt while still sticking with the faith, or a jaded Christian music fan who rediscovered that Christian rock didn't have to be sub-par. Presumably, Bazan's career trajectory also set off alarm bells for those who believe in the inherent wrongness of "crossing over" from the safety of the Christian subculture to "the world."
What a journey it's been since then. According to a recent cover story in The Chicago Reader, one observer at this summer's Cornerstone Festival noted as Bazan walked off the stage, "People used to compare him to Jesus, but not so much anymore."
It is worrisome to think that Bazan's new record, Curse ...1