PEDRO THE LION’s TW Walsh has decided to leave the band and take his life in a different direction, returning to his career as a software engineer. "Dave and I are still buddies," says Walsh, "I wish him the best, and I know that he’ll continue to thrive and grow as an artist on his own…I think his best work is still ahead of him. As for me, I’m thankful for all the experiences that my tenure with the band provided, but I am sure that this was the right decision for me and my family."

With TW’s departure, Bazan has decided to drop the PEDRO THE LION moniker and forge ahead under his own name. This is not to say that the PEDRO THE LION name will never be used again. But for now there will be no new releases or touring using the band name.

Bazan plans to work on a new studio album in the spring and summer that will be released by Jade Tree in early 2007. Says label co-owner Darren Walters, "I’m excited that David Bazan will continue to make music with jade tree, no matter what moniker that he chooses. David is a talented artist and has a unique perspective lyrically. I’m positive that whatever he creates, it will be nothing short of spectacular."

TW will continue work on his new project, , and will release a debut sometime in 2006.

In related news: David Bazan, Vic Chesnutt, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), and Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel) will be touring together as the Undertow Orchestra in February. They’ll all be on stage together, taking turns performing songs while the others back them up on various instruments. Don’t miss your chance to see these four amazing artists perform together for the first time.

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