David Bazan: Curse Your Branches

Written by Kyle Jarrow

Writer and Musician

In category: Song of the Day

Published March 22, 2017

What I love most about this song is the story behind it. David Bazan was raised Pentecostal, and rose to fame as the lead singer/songwriter of the Christian indie band “Pedro the Lion.” Then he had a crisis of faith. He stopped playing churches, he left his Christian label, and he publicly declared himself agnostic. After that he recorded a solo record, featuring stunningly personal confessionals about his loss of faith. It’s basically a breakup album about breaking up with God. This is one of its best songs. I find it fascinating to hear someone sing so nakedly and honestly about doubt, with a such a palpable weariness in his voice. Feels like you can hear Bazan struggling as he sings.


Hear Kyle, NYFOS favorite Lauren Worsham, and their band Sky-Pony in our final NYFOS Nextconcert of the season on May 10 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. 

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In addition to his work with Sky-Pony, Kyle Jarrow is an Obie Award winning writer who creates work for the stage, film and television. Plays include A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, NoirWhisper HouseLove Kills and Hostage Song. Kyle penned the film Armless, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He’s developed television projects for FX, USA, FOX and CW networks, as well as the digital series Lost Generation (with music by Duncan Sheik) streaming now on Verizon’s go90 platform. www.landoftrust.com


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