Snail Mail (musician)

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Snail Mail
Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail performing at the Asbury Park Brewery in Asbury Park, NJ in June 2018
Background information
Birth nameLindsey Erin Jordan
Born (1999-06-16) June 16, 1999 (age 19)
OriginEllicott City, Maryland, U.S.
Years active2015 (2015)–present

Snail Mail is the American indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan.[1] In 2015, she started playing her songs live with her band and released the EP Habit in 2016.[2][3] Snail Mail's debut studio album, Lush, was released on June 8, 2018.


Lindsey Jordan released her self-recorded solo EP Stick in 2015 and played several live shows with her new band as Snail Mail.[4] She was joined by Ryan Vieira playing bass and Shawn Durham on the drums.[5] After completing one short DIY tour in 2016, Jordan released the EP titled Habit on Sister Polygon Records, which gained traction after being featured on several major US music sites, and they signed with Ground Control Touring.[5] Pitchfork added the EP's opening track," Thinning," to their Best New Track series.[6]

Snail Mail, now with bassist Alex Bass and drummer Ray Brown, toured North America extensively in 2017 supporting Priests, Girlpool, Waxahatchee and Beach Fossils.[7] Jordan signed with Matador Records in September 2017 and her debut full-length album Lush was released on June 8, 2018, to generally positive reviews from music critics.[8][9] Snail Mail played their first headliner tour in the beginning of 2018.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Snail Mail has been well received by critics. Their sound has been described as reminiscent of the '90s sound, "refiguring music from the decade they were born".[10] The band’s influences include Sonic Youth, Liz Phair, Cat Power, The Cranberries, Pavement, The Velvet Underground, Paramore, and Fiona Apple.[11][12] Pitchfork described Snail Mail's lyrics as, "emotionally wise, musically clear, and encompasses the once and future sound of indie rock."[11] Rolling Stone magazine gave Snail Mail's debut album Lush three and a half stars but described the potential of Lindsey Jordan and her music as, "the work of an indie-rock prodigy."[10]

Accompanying band[edit]

Current members

  • Lindsey Jordan - vocals, guitar
  • Alex Bass – bass
  • Ray Brown – drums
  • Daniel Butko – guitar
  • Madeline Modem – guitar and keys

Past members

  • Ryan Vieira – bass
  • Shawn Durham – drums


Studio albums


  • Sticki (2015)
  • Habit (2016)


  1. ^ McDermott, Patrick (28 June 2017). "The Old-School Beauty Of Snail Mail's Suburban Slowcore". The Fader. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ Claymore, Gabriela (16 March 2017). "At SXSW 2017, Everyone's Talking About Snail Mail". Stereogum. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ Pelly, Jenn (1 March 2017). "Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan Is the Wisest Teenage Indie Rocker We Know". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ Callahan, James (16 May 2017). "Slow and Steady: Snail Mail is making moves". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b Moreland, Quinn (27 July 2017). "Snail Mail: Habit EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ Mashurova, Nina. ""Thinning" by Snail Mail". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  7. ^ a b "Snail Mail concerts on Soundkick". Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  8. ^ Richards, Will (2018-02-13). "Stand and deliver: Snail Mail". DIY Magazine. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  9. ^ "Coming June 8 : Snail Mail – 'Lush'". 2018-03-22.
  10. ^ a b Grow, Kory (2018-06-08). "Review: Snail Mail's 'Lush' Is The Work of An Indie-Rock Prodigy". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  11. ^ a b "Snail Mail: Lush Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  12. ^ KEXP (2018-09-04), Snail Mail - Full Performance (Live on KEXP), retrieved 2018-09-06