This past Friday, indie-rock artist, Snail Mail returned to their home state to deliver a moving performance at the Fillmore Silver Spring. The sold out show packed the two story venue and the room buzzed with drinks and animated fans.
As the lights dimmed, vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Jordan entered the stage sporting a khaki two-piece set and black cap. As she took center stage the crowd excitedly greeted her and the opening chords to “Heat Wave” filled the room. Jordan’s vocals shone brightly belting out lyrics from her albums Lush and Valentine. Compared to her studio recordings, songs like “Madonna” were given an edgier tone complimenting her raw personality. When she wasn’t stationed in front of her rose covered mic stand, Jordan energetically roamed the stage while performing. It’s likely that some moments may have been rehearsed, but it all felt truly authentic and in the moment.
One of the best takeaways from the experience was getting a peak into Jordan’s personality. Throughout the show, Jordan talked to the audience and spoke to them as if they had been friends for years. She was not shy to show her Maryland pride. “Yo F*** New York!,” Jordan yelled playfully. Then with raised arms and a gleeful smile she cheered “Maryland!” She also expressed her gratitude for all the musicians that joined her on the tour and her touring manager, Lisa Larson. The comradery between bands was evident and the audience happily applauded sending their thanks.
The crowd was still for most of the show, save for a few who could be seen nodding their head or swaying their body. However, I would not mistake this for disinterest. Looking into the eyes of the audience, you can see they are actively engaged and most are passionately singing along. The energy of the crowd peaked as the last few songs played including her top hits” Valentine” and “Pristine.” She closed the show bringing the opening bands Momma and Hotline TNT onto the stage. While Jordan sang near the front, the band members joyfully jumped and danced in the backdrop while the crowd chanted the lyrics to “Pristine.” It felt like a celebration and a perfect way to end their tour.