David Bazan: “Wolves at the Door”
For his 2009 release, Curse Your Branches, David Bazan put it all out on the table: his struggle with faith (he grew up in a very devout Christian family), his battle with alcoholism and the strains it put on his family, and the difficulty of making music in a completely different manner than he had before (Bazan had previously made a name for himself in indie-rock circles under the moniker Pedro the Lion).
Bazan is back with a new set of tunes, compiled on his second solo LP, Strange Negotiations, out May 24th on Barsuk Records. As opposed to Branches, this album finds Bazan looking outward for influence – many of the new songs are politically charged and cultural commentaries.
“Wolves at the Door” is the opening track to the new record and sets the album’s tone. It’s something of a workers lament. When talking about the song, Bazan commented that “it’s clear now that ‘trickle down’ is actually ‘vacuum up’ and yet working class people continue to vote against their own economic interests.”
This version of the song was recorded when Bazan was in Austin and visited KUT’s Studio 1A.
You can listen to and download the studio version of the song, here.