The D.C. band follows such a character on its new album, “Saint Luxury.” The eponymous creation is a runaway angel who leaves heaven in search of better questions, across an album of pristine pop-rock influenced by the precise songwriting of Spoon and the way “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” crafted a narrative via a “circus tent” full of characters.
Saint Luxury was a useful stand-in for Basnight, who has had his own journey of self-discovery after growing up in but gradually away from an evangelical church. But be it through religion, politics or marketing, “Saint Luxury” is his way of not getting “bogged down” by answer-pushers.
“It’s crazy that there was a time in my life when I was afraid to ask questions,” he says, “where I didn’t have the intellectual bravery to broach those topics with myself — let alone other people.”
Show: Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. $10.