We are anticipating the release of Snail Mail's full-length debut like everyone else who has met Lindsey Jordan or seen her band. With a seemingly endless reserve of energy and enthusiasm, Jordan has captured the music community's attention. We last caught up with Jordan in Indio at Coachella where she joined Angel Olsen on stage for "Shut Up Kiss Me." This was arranged on the fly and ended up being a highlight of our weekend.
However, we first met in May of 2014 at our all ages show at Rock N Roll Hotel. Specifically, I met her mother and subsequently a 14 (ish) year old Lindsey. Even then she had a pretty defined sense of what she liked and the direction she hoped to continue. I seem to remember talking about Ex Hex and Beach House (who she had recently seen). Fast-forward a few years and one night at a Russian restaurant and piano bar in Midtown and Jordan has a full tour-schedule and new record on the revered Matador label.
Getting to now see her band's success and their appearance on popular festival circuits is refreshing. These friends are what keep touring interesting and fulfilling.
Lush is Snail Mail's debut on Matador Records and is out June 8. Lindsey also reveals Snail Mail's touring mates in September. Announced tour dates are listed after our interview.
Q. How did you get hooked up with Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Ex Hex) as your guitar teacher?
I met Mary at a show in DC! She had taught a few of my friends in the past and I was in search of a new teacher at the time, so it ended up just being really good timing.
Q. Why do you think your music resonates with people?
I think all of the Snail Mail songs are super intimate and vulnerable, which allows people to fill in the blanks with personal context and relate. I always intend to write about experiences that impact me, whilst still leaving space between the song and the experience. So, they're pretty open ended lyrically.
Q. Did your touring band record with you?
Yeah, Alex [on bass - dude's last name is Bass] and Ray [Brown on drums] played on the record! They're both amazing musicians that have been with me almost since the beginning and we kind of survive as a unit. They made the recording environment way more bearable and familiar.
Q. The Lush single is nearly 5 minutes - lengthy by some standards. Why choose "Pristine" as the single? What the hell is a single?
I have no idea why! I was thinking "Heat Wave" would be the first single, but the Matador crew was feeling "Pristine."
Q. What was the process like working on and recording Habit which was produced by Jason Sauvage and G.L. Jaguar (Priests & Sister Polygon)?
It was tough because we had very little resources, no experience being in a recording setting, and on top of all that, I had a really nasty case of bronchitis.
Q. How different was the Lush project produced by Jake Aron (Grizzly Bear and Solange) and engineered by Johnny Shenka?
Everything was way more deliberate and thought out and I had the resources to make something exactly the way that I wanted it to be, which was equal parts nerve wracking and exciting. We took our time and did a full studio demo day, multiple pre-recording sessions, over a week doing the real thing in Woodstock, NY, a few weeks of overdub sessions, and then I was there for every step of the mixing process because i'm a huge control freak.
Q. What is (still) exciting to you about touring, playing music?
I'm still excited by the prospect of seeing places I wouldn't have gotten to travel to without music. Touring outside of the US feels really fulfilling and new still! Also ice cream tourism. V important to me.
Q. Tour. You are out there most of the year. Some dates have been with Japanese Breakfast, Girlpool, Beach Fossils and soon Belle & Sebastian and Bonny Doon. Are there shows you're really looking forward to? Past tour experiences that were remarkable?
Yeah, we're playing some shows with Alvvays in September, which i'm insanely excited for. Also, we're really looking forward to our record release in Baltimore at this place called The Parkway (usually an incredible movie theater, first show there ever etc. etc. etc.).
Q. What are you listening to these days?
I've been listening to a ton of Oppenheimer Analysis, Iko, RVG, Sean Nicholas Savage, Princess Nokia, and Kacey Musgraves. Just starting to get into The Fall!
Q. Finally, does Kristen Stewart know about Snail Mail yet?
Omg! I'm hopeful but I doubt it haha.
6/05 Portland, ME @ State Theater ^
6/06 New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall ^
6/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg *
6/09 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewing
6/12 Washington, DC @ The Black Cat #
6/13 Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo #
6/14 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground #
6/15 Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Flux #
6/16 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean #
6/17 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
6/18 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews #
6/20 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
6/22 Boise, ID @ Funky Tac #
6/23 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile #
6/24 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #
6/25 Portland, OR @ Holocene #
6/27 Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club #
6/28 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall #
6/29 Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door #
6/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater #
7/03 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live #
7/05 Austin, TX @ Barracuda #
7/06 Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
7/07 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s #
7/08 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt #
7/09 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
7/10 Durham, NC @ Pinhook #
7/11 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter #
7/12 Baltimore, MD @ The Parkway Theater #
7/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
7/15 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
7/16 Montreal, QC @ L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle #
7/17 Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot #
7/24 Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups -
7/25 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar -
7/26 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop -
7/27 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme -
7/29 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern -
Belle and Sebastian ^
Bonny Doon #
Long Beard -