Indie rock trio Pedro the Lion rocked the “stage” with a three-song set for the latest NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, uploaded on Thursday (Nov. 8).
Frontman David Bazan rocked the bass, with Erik Walters on electric guitar and Sean Lane on drums. The band opened with their cheeky tune about fitting in, “When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run,” off their debut ’98 album. “Put on whatever makes you attractive,” Bazan sang, pondering double-standards for women, “If it’s not you then do it for the sake of fashion/ Your friends like a certain you/ That’s who you’ve got to be.”
The band contrasted the classic song with a new one off their forthcoming album, which will be their first in fourteen years. Although “Yellow Bike” tells the tale of a five-year-old boy receiving a bike on Christmas, on a deeper level, it is a commentary on Bazan’s attempts to cope with loneliness.
The group finished with a rendition of the cryptic “Kept Secrets,” which was originally released on the 2016 album Blanco under Bazan’s self-titled act.
Watch the performance below.