On Friday, August 16, in the middle of their co-headlined tour, Pedro The Lion and mewithoutYou made a stop at Ft. Lauderdale’s Revolution Live. I’ve been a longtime fan of Pedro The Lion. In 2003 I traveled to Tallahassee to see them play, and since their hiatus this was their South Florida debut. The show had been a long time coming and I was hyped on seeing them at this old faithful venue.
I was introduced to mewithoutYou for the first time at this show and thoroughly enjoyed their set. The band’s energy level was high from start to finish, with their drummer working hard, maintaining the most genuine smile all night. It had been a longtime since I enjoyed a new band, and what really drew me to them was the elements I heard of some other favorite bands like Yellow Ostrich, Talking Heads, and Local Natives.
Pedro The Lion was touring in support of Phoenix, their first release in over a decade. The album’s opening instrumental track, Sunrise played while an obscure film was projected on a huge screen behind the band’s equipment. The band took to the stage as the song ended, where their equipment was set up at it’s edge in a single horizontal row, and began playing Yellow Bike.
The set was made up almost entirely of songs from the new album, but also included a couple of tunes from David Bazan‘s solo career as well as the tune I Never Wanted You from his one off Headphones project. Other stand outs from earlier albums included, When They Really Get to Know You They’ll Run and Magazine. It was truly a night for the books, Pedro The Lion played flawlessly with intense emotion, as dedicated fans swayed to the music and sang along all through the night.
Erik Walters with Pedro The Lion at Revolution Live August 16, 2019
Photo by John Wellmeyer