David Bazan


bark163: David Bazan / Blanco


bark113: David Bazan / Strange Negotiations bark83: David Bazan / Curse Your Branches

Strange Negotiations

“Wolves At The Door”

Curse Your Branches

“Bless This Mess”

David Bazan has never had the answers. His first two solo records, 2009's Curse Your Branches and 2011's Strange Negotiations lived inside questions. Questions of politics, of relationships, of addiction, and of God. For anyone looking to art to remove doubt, Bazan is not that refuge. With a catalogue that orbits the darkest corners of the human experience, his songs are the tiny pinprick of light, the first breath coming up for air, the rest stop on a trip with no destination. Having spent half of the last decade on tour, away from home, David Bazan's new album reflects the wandering life of a traveling troubadour. And while there is joy in that life, Blanco is born of its challenges. It's what, and whom, he leaves at home that you hear on Blanco. Made up of tracks that were previously available in a very limited edition 7" vinyl series called Bazan Monthly, Volume 1 and Volume 2, Bazan turned to northwest indie-rock veteran Yuuki Matthews, who both co-produced Strange Negotiations and co-founded celebrated indie band Crystal Skulls, to help craft the endeavor. "I walked in thinking that we would have to scrap all the ideas I had as garbage once he heard them" says Bazan. "Instead he said these are great, let's get started." Over the next twelve months the pair would record over a dozen songs together, ten of which comprise Blanco.

David Bazan's "Kept Secrets" at Stereogum 27 Apr 2016

Barsuk is pleased to announce that "Kept Secrets" from the forthcoming David Bazan record Blanco (out May 13) has premiered at Stereogum.

"The legend of 'Kept Secrets' is that I wrote it alone on tour in a cabin in the mountains," Bazan says about the newly released track. "That also happens to be in the delta with synth sounds that I made from tightly looping shards of noise that I had originally created by feeding a thrift store mixer back into itself. Which is something I did in headphones at night in my hotel room for recreation after playing the shows night after night that spawned the problem that this song is ostensibly about, thus achieving ouroboros."

A North American tour in support of the record begins June 8th at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA. In anticipation of the forthcoming release of Blanco, Bazan has also made his Barsuk Records solo releases — Fewer Moving Parts, Curse Your Branches and Strange Negotiations — alongside singles for "Trouble With Boys" and "Kept Secrets" from Blanco, available on all streaming services for the first time.

upcoming shows

4 May

MANCHESTER, CT · Living Room Show 

5 May

MECHANICSBURG, PA · Living Room Show 

6 May

BALTIMORE, MD · Living Room Show 

7 May

RICHMOND, VA · Living Room Show 

9 May

COLUMBUS, GA · Living Room Show 

11 May

BLOOMINGTON, IN · Living Room Show 

8 Jun

SPOKANE, WA · Bartlett

9 Jun

BELLINGHAM, WA · Wild Buffalo

10 Jun

SEATTLE, WA · Neptune Theater

16 Jun

BOISE, ID · Olympic Venue