OUT NOW : Santa Cruz by Pedro The Lion

(Photo by Ryan Russell)

Santa cruz by Pedro the Lion is out now

Released by the nice folks at Polyvinyl (USA) and Big Scary Monsters (UK/EU). Santa Cruz can be purchased on vinyl, CD, cassette, and all digital platforms.

Undertow has an exclusive Limited Edition Ultra Clear Transparent vinyl (only 500 copies pressed) and Pine Forest Green vinyl (unlimited pressing). There’s also two new shirts designed by Travis Quam – check ’em out!

Visit the official Pedro the Lion store here


Head over to Polyvinyl to check out their Early Bird vinyl colors; Cloudy Clear with Sky Blue and Pine Forrest Green Splatter (limited to 1000 copies each).

And if you’re in the UK/EU, visit Big Scary Monsters to get their limited edition color variant, Green Sunburst vinyl (limited to 1000 copies).


Santa Cruz is the poignant third album in David Bazan’s ongoing musical memoir. Beginning his autobiographical work in 2019 by releasing Phoenix, the gripping Havasu followed suit in 2022. Bazan was onto something, untangling all the ways his past had both shaped and misshaped his present inside some of his best songs ever.

That past truly begins to become the present on Santa Cruz, the most fraught and frank album yet in a planned five-album arc; this one covers a little less than a decade, from just after he turned 13 until he turns toward adulthood around 21.

These songs ripple with the anxiety and energy of teenage awakening—of hearing rock ’n’ roll, of understanding that independent music exists, of making out with an older schoolmate in deepest secret, of falling in love, of finally starting to understand that in order to be yourself you’re going to need to be something other than your parents’ vision of you.

It is the rawest, most affecting and affirming album Pedro the Lion has ever made. And we can’t wait for you to hear it.

(bio by: Grayson Currin // Excerpts compiled by: UndertoW)