No coward, but no conqueror, Pedro the Lion's David Bazan has a tone that recalls, at times, Evan Dando, Ben Lee and lo-fi electronica rawkers Grandaddy. On the faster songs that feature full instrumentation, such as "Simple Economics," Bazan even sounds slightly like labelmate Davey vonBohlen of Promise Ring. But Bazan's voice is unique in its singular mission to contemplate faith, in Bazan's naked ambition to succeed in following the straight and narrow path, openly reflected in song titles such as "Slow and Steady Wins the Race," "Eye on the Finish Line" and the title track "Winners Never Quit." And that determination succeeds in making Pedro The Lion one of the most emotional bands in the genre.
Pedro the Lion performs at the Echo Lounge Thursday, April 13.