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A Mercury Lounge Midnight Ramble

January 24th, 2011

Snowden – Mercury Lounge – January 22, 2011

Snowden - Mercury Lounge - January 22, 2011
After having spent much of the past few years flying under the radar, Atlanta-based indie rockers Snowden have reemerged with a revamped lineup in preparation for a new release. They’ve already had a few huge years in their brief history, but the band showed up ready to prove 2011 will be another one. And on Friday night at Mercury Lounge, their fans made it clear that they’re ready to welcome back Snowden with open arms.

A few hundred sweaty audience members shouted out names of older songs in between a healthy serving of new material from the forthcoming full-length. Singer Jordan Jeffares, strongly backed by Chandler Rentz’s excellent drumming, led Snowden through their precise and melodic repertoire. The newer songs were a bit rough around the edges (Rentz joked about having rehearsed them recently, and each member had notes written on the set lists for guidance), but had the same shoegaze style for which Snowden is known.

Songs like “No One in Control” and “Lemon Peel,” which took a few tries to take off, highlighted those newer tunes, but the fans showed the most love for tunes they’ve known longer. Jeffares and his bandmates, who often rotated instruments to create differing sounds from song to song, kept the talking to a minimum, fitting in as much music as they could into their hour-long midnight set. If this show was any indication of what lies ahead for Snowden, it should be another great year. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com