David Bazan’s straightforward and bluntly honest brand of indie rock won him secular and Christian accolades alike starting in the mid-1990s, especially as songwriter and frontman for the influential Christian band Pedro the Lion.
Bazan was raised in a Pentecostal church and always assumed he’d be a music minister. As part of Pedro the Lion, he became a success story for a different breed of Christian music, one that was musically and lyrically adventurous as well as blunt about the struggles of faith, which set the band apart from the more predictable inspirational pop that played on Christian radio stations.
But Bazan shocked many of his Christian fans in 2006, when he dissolved Pedro the Lion and began a solo career — a move that coincided with a shift in his religious beliefs, away from Christianity.
In the new documentary “Strange Negotiations,” filmmaker Brandon Vedder follows Bazan beginning shortly before the 2016 election and continuing into 2017.
That period spans a tour in which Bazan plays house concerts, confesses his difficulties with fatherhood, talks with fans — many of whom are navigating their own challenging relationship with faith — and grapples, especially, with the mounting evidence during the 2016 presidential election that assumptions he still held about American evangelical Christians were wrong.
“Strange Negotiations” is available now on iTunes.
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