David Bazan, Say Hi | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

David Bazan, Say Hi Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Oct. 24, 10:30 p.m. 2009

I don't think that in 2009 anyone's going to write a more gloriously devastating song than "In Stitches," the closing track of David Bazan's Curse Your Branches (Barsuk). It's a breaking-up-with-God song, like the nine before it, spit with the sort of fuck-you indignation that only comes from having truly loved. It doesn't shy away from its mournfulness and it makes no apologies for its bitterness. The lyrics are freighted with the eviscerating inverse of the blithe spiritual confidence in Dylan's "I Shall Be Released"—Bazan has extinguished his own hope for a heavenly reward, after a long and painful struggle—and with the hopeless, wretched yearning of Van Morrison's "Beside You." Bazan ends by suggesting that God might've bitten off more than he could chew, but ironically, by tackling the loaded and intensely personal topic of his loss of faith and the fallout from it, he's shown a different kind of faith—in music's capacity to convey deep meaning and in our ability to understand it. This is his first full-band tour in more than four years. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $15, 18+

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