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Friday, March 12, 2010

Catching up with Snowden

click to enlarge Corinne Lee
  • Corinne Lee

On Tues., March 16 Snowden returns to play the Earl after a long hiatus that has found the group's frontman and principle songwriter Jordan Jeffares relocating to New York. For this show, Jeffares along with Chandler Rentz (drums), Corinne Lee (bass/keyboard/vocals) and David Payne (guitar) are armed with a new batch of  dark, atmospheric indie rock from a forthcoming EP that is just a glimpse of things to come.

Chad Radford:  Has the move to New York been good for you? For Snowden?

Jordan Jeffares:  The move is just part of me trying new things.  There will be more visible movement this year in the form of releases, touring, etc.  I've been working hard writing and recording but unfortunately in the bigger picture no one sees any of that.  People wonder what happened to the band over the last few years and the short answer is that I'm figuring out how to move forward very, very carefully.

click to enlarge Chandler Rentz of Snowden
  • Chandler Rentz of Snowden

Tell me about the new EP.

The sophomore slump is a real thing that plagues a lot of music. The traditional rock setup of drums, guitars, bass guitars has been explored in so many ways that to make something interesting I have to think past that. With this record I've continued to let go of thinking in terms of what I can do with a four piece rock band and I've let my imagination run with drum machines, layers, loops, etc.  I have no clue how I'm going to do it live and I don't care.

Is the EP a teaser for a new album?

The EP has four tracks from the upcoming full-length, though I changed the vibe of one of the tracks so that it's a slower, more melodic version than will be on the full-length. There's also a cover of a Love and Rockets track that I did for their tribute record.

By print time the EP will be available for free download from the website, Myspace and Facebook.  Get it and share it guiltlessly.

Do you have any  new label interests in the works?

I'm trying to get things in line so that I won't need a label.  There's one big opportunity but it's been up in the air for months and I'm not holding my breath.  Unless a major comes along and offers a deal with amazing terms I don't see the point in doing another indie deal.  The music business landscape continues its downward suck.  I'm one of the many trying to figure out how to navigate.

What will the line-up be when you play at the Earl on March 16?

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children open. Bolts of Melody are the main support.  Adam [Franklin] was the lead singer of Swervedriver and I met him at a bar the other night and they needed a routing connection to SXSW and I was excited to add them on.

Hear the EP version of Snowden's cover of Love andRockets' "No Words No More"

Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody, and local avant-garde folk outsiders Spirits and the Melchizedek Children open the show. $10. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.

(Photos by Ryan James)

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