Anti-Anti

Atlanta’s SNOWDEN drowns their brand of melodies in a sea of reverb heavy distortion and hypnotic layers. Anti-Anti (JT1115), the band’s debut album for Jade Tree, integrates the ethereal guitar resonance and dynamic percussion reminiscent of bands like RIDE, NEW ORDER and early CURE, with the volatility of contemporaries such as THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS. Combining a mix of tracks recorded by Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky, My Morning Jacket) at Cacophony Recorders in Austin with tracks recorded and mixed by principal songwriter Jordan Jeffares, Anti-Anti finds Jeffares and company elevating their trademark sound into an unpredictable mix of dirty pop soundscapes. If post-shoegaze exists as a genre, then SNOWDEN is proving their contention for the upper ranks.

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All songs recorded by Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders except tracks 1, 4, 8, and 10 and parts of 12 recorded by Jeffares in random nooks and crannies. All drums performed by Chandler Rentz. D. Payne plays guitar on tracks 11 and 12. All songs mixed and produced by Jeffares except tracks 2, 5, 9, and 12 mixed and co-produced by Erik Wofford at Premium Recording. Random noises on track 4 by Erik Wofford. Special thanks to Keith Vogelsong for assistance mixing on some tracks. Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Studios. Art direction, design and illustration by J. Gnewikow at PUBLIC.

All songs published 2006 Snowden’s Secret Publishing (ASCAP)

(c) & (p) Jade Tree 2006 / JT1115

1. Like Bullets
2. Anti-Anti
3. My Murmuring Darling
4. Filler is Wasted
5. Black Eyes
6. Between the Rent and Me
7. Counterfeit Rules
8. Innocent Heathen
9. Stop Your Bleeding
10. Kill the Power
11. Victim Card
12. Sisters

SNOWDEN ON FEARLESS MUSIC TV


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SNOWDEN will be appearing on in NYC tomorrow (April 19th) to perform "Anti-Anti". Fearless Music TV is on Saturday nights at 12:30am on Fox 5 in NYC and a host of . Before and after the episode airs, be sure to visit the and vote for SNOWDEN. The band that receives the highest amounts of votes will be featured again on next week’s episode.

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SNOWDEN TO PLAY SWERVE FESTIVAL


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SNOWDEN heads to LA this weekend to take part in the new annual film, music and art festival called Swerve Festival. SNOWDEN performs Saturday the 29th at 3:15. The show is free and there will be a ton of other great bands and films to see at the festival.

Description from the festival web site:

"Swerve Festival is a new annual festival dedicated to celebrating West Coast creative culture and its community inspired by art, film, music and action sports. The three-day celebration will be held in Los Angeles to bring together a dynamic group of innovators and thinkers and to spotlight some of the most exciting work to come out of these creative disciplines."

Festival organizer had this to say:

"Fuel TV is proud to be putting on an Art, Music and Film festival called the Swerve Festival. Its taking place at the Barnsdall Art Park the weekend of September 28th to 30th and the lineup of events is amazing. There’s going to be all kinds of great bands and great films. We’ve got the US premiere of the Ian Curtis/Joy Division biopic Control, the art documentary Beautiful Losers, Doug Prey’s documentary Surfwise and a bunch more films.

The best part about the festival is the music is phenomenal and free. The lineup is incredible! Devotchka, The Black Angels, Snowden, Oh No Oh My, Foreign Born, Snowden, Illinois. All these bands are free at Barnsdall Art Park on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th. Brazilian baile funk outfit Bonde Do Role will be performing Saturday night at the Echoplex and for the low price of $5 (that’s the only show that costs anything) We Are Scientists will be closing out the weekend Sunday night also at the Echoplex."

Snowden [I]Anti-Anti[/I] Review/Interview

One of the strongest under-the-radar indie rock releases of 2006 was Anti Anti by the Atlanta-based Snowden. Frontman Jordan Jeffares and company created an dark, icy release that garnered praises from Pitchfork, CMJ, Spin, Stereogum and others. It seemed as if the sky was the limit.

But time has passed and, as we recently learned, Jeffares says things aren’t all rosy. In fact, he was "very tired" at the time of this interview: from the constant work of trying to keep his band afloat, from touring, and maybe even from the incessant partying on the band’s recent tour with Kings of Leon.

Either way, Jeffares has a lot to say about the future of Snowden, the hopes for the next album and what it means to be innovative.

SSv: I read a quote of yours from a year ago that said, "I constantly feel that good music is innovative, and since I wanna make good music, I feel like it should always be innovative." What does that mean for the music you’re creating right now?
Jeffares: What I was saying there was that good music was always something that pushed boundaries and tried different things. Sometimes that failed like in the case of the soft ballads of the 70s. I feel that when you look into music history, there are always people that were trying to do something weird, whether that was tonally or instrumentally and that’s something I was trying to carve out for myself. I’m always trying to keep that in the front of my mind that each song needed to have something in it that I thought was different. I did that while I was writing.

So whether it was little things like leaving out bass guitar for abnormally parts of songs or not having the guitars as prominent or using choral vocals, which are not really big in mainstream music. Or thinking in terms of layers instead of riff rock. I hate writing riff rock. It bores the hell out of me. So I try to make my songs rich in textures and ambience. So that’s what I’m thinking.

SSv: So where do you go to continue to innovate?
Jeffares: Yeah, by trying to top that record what I plan on doing is that the slow and melodic will get even more slow and melodic. The pulsy, odd rhythms will become even more odd. I’m trying experiment a lot more with those. I’m working a lot with latin rhythms because I haven’t heard a lot of that in the rock setting in awhile. So that’s the stuff I’m thinking right now.

“I don’t know how we’ve stayed together without completely snapping, breaking up wise. Things might change in the near future, you never know. But Snowden, as long as I’m working, exists?°¦”

SSv: Do you feel innovation is the primary factor to making good music?
Jeffares: Absolutely not. That’s something that I, maybe to my own fault, hold onto. But there are bands making great 60s pop right now. I really respect those bands and I totally dig on that, too. Sometimes I think that trying to be innovative and cut new ground all the time just doesn’t work. Sometimes you need to relax and write a pop song.

SSv: But not so much for yourself?°¦
Jeffares: I’m trying to stay open minded to the fact that sometimes that may just be what I feel like writing. You may just hear something like that on the next record. I try to not shut off my mind to ideas that I think are too indulgent and old-fashioned because someone might say that I’m copying anyone else.

SSv: So for Snowden are there other factors for good music, even if you give credibility or permission to others to not be innovative?
Jeffares: Rock music and pop music as we hear it today is nothing but little twists on things that have already been done. And that’s how it has always been – little twists on things that have already been done. So for me to say that I’m trying to be innovative is nothing more – and this might be taken the wrong way by some people of me having the audacity to say that Snowden is mindblowingly innovative – than just saying that I’m trying to take something that’s been done and twist it, do something weird and different. I’m always trying to be clever with my writing, especially with my guitar parts and sometimes lyrically. All that means is I’m trying to put my quirky spin on things.

SSv: I assume you’re always writing to some extent?°¦
Jeffares: Exactly. I’m always writing. There are going to be tracks on the next record that have been finished and done for three or four years but I didn’t feel that I had the position, as a young, budding band, to be as aggressive with my track selection on the first record. There are songs that have been done that some of my friends think are some of the stronger Snowden songs that I just didn’t feel I could bust out and do on the first record.

SSv: What keeps you from pulling the trigger on those?
Jeffares: To give you a sound byte, I felt I needed to make The Bends before I made OK Computer.

SSv: Do you feel like Radiohead is an apt comparison?
Jeffares: They are a pillar of my creative insight. I love how despite the fact that not everyone loves their newest stuff, they continue to cut new ground. Always.

SSv: What’s the tangible timeline you’re on for a new album?
Jeffares: Well, I’m working on them now. I’ve gotta get home from tour. We’ve been on the road for so long that I have to rebuild my studio. It’s crude and very simple, but I’m trying to set up shop in a friend’s loft and trying to get everything situated. I’m having to look for work so I can afford new equipment. But there should be new songs being performed live within the next two months. And I’m looking to cut an EP in the next two months and then a record will be done in the winter. It should be done by the end of the year and pressed by spring.

SSv: Even though you’re signed to Jade Tree, you’re definitely known for being a DIY band. Why is that?
Jeffares: Well, if you want to actually try and break past being a DIY band, you can’t just wait for a label like Jade Tree. That just won’t happen. You can’t sit back and wait for your 9.8 from Pitchfork. Most of the time that isn’t going to come through. Jade Tree is a small label. They have a minimal budget and, with that alone, if you’re not hustling and getting out and doing shit on your own, nine times out of ten it’s not going to happen. It takes an intense amount of work.

SSv: So what do they provide and what do you need to do yourself?
Jeffares: They supply the bare basics. They coordinate radio promotions. They coordinate a publicist. They press the CDs and get them distributed. Past that, what makes or breaks a band with a small budget, because there’s not a wave of advertising and CDs sitting on bar tables everywhere that you can get from Vice or Atlantic or other major labels, it’s about non-stop touring. It’s about staying in touch with everyone from emusic.com to AOL specials to Turner broadcast things. There’s all sorts of behind the scenes things. Usually that’s a managerial job but I don’t have a manager. It’s all stuff the band has to do. It’s really a pain in the ass how much networking it is.

I thought that once we had a record label, it was going to be smooth sailing. I thought that I would never type another email to anyone and would never have to check another thing. But it’s doubled since then, because the band’s exposure has increased. But that also means that there’s a lot more to manage and that’s all still being done by me.

When you realize we’re at a time in music – and this is a good and bad thing – where there are more people who have a shot at getting their music out and you are constantly having to remind people that you are still in the running, that even though the record’s been out that we’re still on the road and coming through your town. People forget. I try and stay on top of music all the time, but everything ends up falling through the cracks because there are hundreds of bands that are terrific out there.

SSv: How tired are you right now?
Jeffares: I’m really tired. I’m really tired. I’m gonna crank out this next record but hopefully things will start to pick up. It’s frustrating to work like I’ve been working and still have to come home and bartend. So hopefully we’re paying our dues right now and we won’t have to wait for forever.

SSv: Is there a breaking point coming or did I catch you in a phase?
Jeffares: You caught me a in a tired phase. We just got home. For the most part, we’ve done six weeks on and four weeks off for the last nine months and it’s not the easiest touring. But I can’t complain really because we’re not living in the van. But I like to write music and it’s difficult to do on the road. So I think I’m just tired.

And there are band tensions and everything. I don’t know how we’ve stayed together without completely snapping, breaking up wise. Things might change in the near future, you never know. But Snowden, as long as I’m working, exists. Things may change, but the band will still go on.

SSv: Let’s switch gears a bit because you just went overseas with Kings of Leon. I’d love to just get the best moment from that tour.
Jeffares: How about the next morning when I was told all the things I did the night before? Apparently I was dancing between Liv Tyler and Natalie Imbruglia with my sunglasses on in this basement club, none of which I remember. And I never blackout. It was good ole’ rock ?n’ roll touring. It was free booze from 5:00 until the time you passed out every day. The Kings are such nice guys. They have after parties after every show. It was normal stuff. I never thought I’d see boobs so much. It was just that classic rock touring, which a lot of bands don’t get to do. Maybe they don’t want to. But at least I can say I’ve seen it myself.

SSv: Is that for you?
Jeffares: I love to party but as far as the women goes, I don’t think I’ll ever be into groupies. But it is fun. I’m still in my twenties. I don’t know if it will ever get really old. Maybe when I have a kid. I don’t know. I’m not a real hardcore womanizer, but it was definitely fun. It was like spring break all the time.

SSv: How was the music?
Jeffares: I really fell in love with Kings of Leon. I’d never really given them a chance because they were a major label, highly stylized band. But after I’d sat down with their records and after the second show we played with them in the U.S., I really got into their stuff. They write great pop songs. The lead singer’s voice is really cool, really different. The bass work is really cool. I’m a big bass and rhythm fan. Hopefully that will be the last time I ever write a band off.

SSv: It’s been a year since Anti Anti came out. How has your perspective on that album changed?
Jeffares: I was hoping for the fairy tale of an indie band like it would just pop like Wolf Parade or The Walkmen or something. But Snowden?°¦ we have some hardcore fans out there, but for the most part the next record will be the first time they hear us.

SSv: Is that surprising to you?
Jeffares: No, it’s not surprising. When you realize how much money goes into the bands that make it onto most people’s radar, we’re talking $100,000 or even $250,000 or maybe more. That’s what it takes to get the name recognition. What kills me is that there are people that would love Snowden, but why should they know Snowden? They don’t read about us every day in the glossy magazines because we don’t have a top dollar publicist. We didn’t have the killer Pitchfork review. We had some good press but it wasn’t enough to get us over this threshold.

That’s why I look at the first album like I do. I thought we were going to pop big and we were going to have the fairy tale story being on a really small label. But hopefully on the next record we’ll have enough thrust from the last record that this one will be like our first. Jade Tree said and made it clear that they’re a platform label. They will be the label we start from but we won’t blow any minds from day one.

SSv: At least they were up front with you.
Jeffares: Yeah, they said to be realistic. I was realistic, but I was also hopeful. So that’s where things are.

SSv: Do you have that inner feeling that if you just keep making the music you feel you’re supposed to, that you’ll eventually break through?
Jeffares: I do. I think the next record will be the real introduction to the band now that we have enough interest out there. By the time the record breaks, it will not be the first time people have heard of Snowden. We’re already on enough people’s radar that people are waiting to hear and see what the next move is, unlike the first record which nobody was waiting for. This time around, people are waiting to see, so I think this will really push the band forward.

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"Anti-Anti," the debut CD from Atlanta quartet Snowden, is a cyclonic swirl of guitars approximating jet-engine drones, brackish cascades of water emanating from the bottom of a dank cave and shards of tuned barbed-wire. www.snowden.info.

Kings of Leon, Snowden Review

This is weird: small band plus massive stage (i.e. small of profile, not height or anything like that) so often equals a dismal performance, but Atlanta-based foursome Snowden fill the cavernous Hammersmith Apollo – gradually filling throughout their 30-minute set – brilliantly. It’s mightily impressive, hearing taut indie-noir songs bounce around walls usually only seen by groups enjoying far greater sales than these relative unknowns.

Visually, a lot of the interest is directed the way of bassist Corrine Lee, who uses the space well, leaping from any small outcrop near her x-marks-the-spot positioning left of stage and pulling off some fine rock star poses. Vocalist Jordan Jeffares is positively statuesque by comparison, but no less absorbing to the eye. As he squints out the slew of vague indifference that, mostly, stands before him – everyone but a handful of individuals, such as yours truly, is here for headliners Kings Of Leon – he raises his head slightly and allows melancholic tones to fly forth. The mood settles somewhere near Interpol, but with precision drumming from the oddly angular of posture Chandler Rentz guiding choice cuts from the band’s Anti-Anti LP from murmured introductions to glorious closes, Snowden prove themselves to be a lot more enjoyable that the sour-faced New Yorkers.

Highlights, personally, are ?°»Bullets’ and ?°»Black Eyes’, but it’s not like most attendees care for the titles – they’re happy tapping toes and sipping beer to a band they’re steadily and pleasantly surprised by. At the merchandise table there’s a rush on, for Kings Of Leon t-shirts. Anti-Anti looks sad, taped to a display for a measly £7. Hopefully someone took a chance based on what they saw.

Because Snowden are sure to be appearing, before long, on massive stages such as this exclusively under their own steam. At least, they will if arena-playing acts of excellent taste continue to recognise their talents.

SNOWDEN INTERVIEW/SHOW PREVIEW

Next month Atlanta’s experimental rock outfit Snowden will be in the UK for a string of dates with fellow US rockers Kings Of Leon. If you have not yet heard Snowden’s debut album Anti Anti then do yourself a favour and check this record out. Released last year on Jade Tree records, Anti Anti is an excellent mix of atmospheric melodies under layers of reverb-heavy distortion. Snowden have been compared to bands such as Interpol, Ride, New Order and early Cure and have been quickly gaining new fans in the UK including Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq.

Snowden’s Jordan Jeffares took time out to answer a few questions for us leading up to this tour.

Beatrwtz.com – How has the touring been going over in the US?

Jordan – It has been great. We’ve toured the US many times but we’ve never played for this many people before. KoL are a riot to tour with. They have afterparties every night so it’s not the usual pack up and go back the hotel routine.

Beatrwtz.com – Have you guys been over to the UK before and what are you looking forward to over here?

Jordan – We did two weeks in the UK last November and played for a total of about 300 people the entire trip. For all intents and purposes this will be our first time really taking a crack at reaching people in the UK.

Beatrwtz.com – Did you know Snowden is home to the largest mountain here in Wales but where did you get the name from?

Jordan – The name comes from a character in Joseph Heller’s WWII satire ‘Catch 22′. It’s a huge scene in the book where Snowden is killed and his death reveals something about life to the protagonist.

Beatrwtz.com – Jade Tree releases quite a wide range of bands. What musical influences/backgrounds do you guys have and is there any bands new bands we should look out for?

Jordan – I’m influenced by lots of music that is very different from each other: The Cure, Radiohead, Broken Social Scene, CSN, The Zombies. I think England needs to wake up and realize that they are overlooking one of the greatest bands of our generation. They’re an English band called The Clientele.

Beatrwtz.com – Are you listening to any bands from the UK at the moment?

Jordan – The Clientele. I listen to them almost everyday. We also love Broadcast

You can catch Snowden in July with Kings Of Leon, here is the dates for this tour.

July 4th – Bournemouth International Centre

July 5th – Cardiff International Arena

July 12th – Hammersmith Apollo, London

July 13th – Hammersmith Apollo, London

Or to hear Snowden’s sounds, check www.myspace.com/snowden

SNOWDEN AND KINGS OF LEON TAKE IT TO THE EU


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SNOWDEN is just wrapping up their US tour in support of with Kings of Leon, but the fun isn’t over yet. It seems that everything has gone so well that the band will be joining the Kings abroad to continue the party. The tour starts at the end of the month and these shows are sure to create quite a splash.

SNOWDEN tour dates are listed below. Always check the for the most current updates and further information.

26 June Paris France @ La Bataclan
01 July Berlin Germany @ Columbiahalle
02 July Cologne Germany @ Cologne Live Music Hall
04 July Bournemouth England @ Bournemouth International Centre
05 July Cardiff Wales @ Cardiff International Arena
12 July London England @ Hammersmith Apollo
13 July London England @ Hammersmith Apollo

Recently SNOWDEN was featured on MTV news. The piece can be viewed here:

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Snowden : Live

Atlanta’s Snowden showed a softer, even more Anglophile side at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on June 5th, but they did not fail to win over Roseland’s more rock ?°»n’ roll crowd. Opening for fellow sons of the south, Kings of Leon, Snowden did not rely on their more hard-hitting tunes, but instead delved straight into their more expansive, even slightly indietronic sound. And the massive audience of devoted fans of the Kings’ southern-fried indie-rock was right there with them.

With the name ?°»Snowden’, one might be forgiven for thinking that the band is actually from the U.K., considering all the Anglo-Celtic connotations in the name – the single “Snowden” by England’s The Doves, Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, the Scotch-Irish alt-rockers Snow Patrol?°¦ even the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, Viscount Phillip Snowden (the band actually takes their name from a character in Joseph Heller’s quintessentially American novel, Catch-22). On their debut LP, last year’s Anti-Anti, there were definite indie-Brit stylings in the band’s slightly lappop beats, encompassing guitars, and singer Jordan Jeffares’ high, melodic vocals. And at Roseland Ballroom, Snowden largely picked Anti-Anti tracks that reflected this.

Curiously, the first two songs of the set, “Like Bullets” and “Filler Is Wasted”, were perhaps those that least fit into this approach. “Bullets”, Anti-Anti’s opener, lead off the set with some strong, dark bass and drums, while “Filler” delivered a powerful distorted guitar on a more rocking beat. But nowhere in the set were there Anti-Anti’s ironic-rock “Counterfeit Rules” or evocative cry, “Stop Your Bleeding”. Instead, Snowden followed “Filler” with the much slower, much more melancholy “Innocent Heathen”, and stayed in a less straightforwardly rock vein from there on in.

This is not, however, to say that it was a bad choice. The ?°»sad song about a sad girl’, “Innocent Heathen”, is easily one of the strongest and most memorable pieces on the strong and memorable Anti-Anti, and washed over the audience well, with its emotion ringing true – no one in the crowd could hear the line, “She doesn’t mind to take her clothes off” and interpret it as anything but tragic. Snowden slipped a bit with the next song, "Good News" (from their first, self-titled EP), similar to “Heathen” though not quite as downbeat, but the piece served as a good bridge to Anti-Anti’s much more upbeat title track. A winning mix of indie-rock and indie-electronica, the anthemistic quality of “Anti-Anti” serves it well as the theme of the eponymous record, and likewise as the band’s theme for the night. The dark dancetronic “Kill the Power” was more driving than upbeat, but kept the “Anti” thread going into “Black Eyes”, which took the sound of “Power”, added more distorted guitars, and married it to the sadness of “Heathen”, making it perhaps the most representative song of the evening. “Victim Card” ended the set, with its raw poignancy returning to the straight sadness of “Heathen”.

As impressive and affecting as Snowden’s set was, what was maybe more impressive and affecting was how much it impressed and affected the crowd. Kings of Leon’s ?°»indie-Skynyrd’ rock doesn’t draw the usual hipsters, with instead a mix of young rock fans and more straight-up rock fans. But, instead of trotting out their most rock ?°»n’ roll numbers, Snowden challenged the audience with a softer, echoing line-up of songs, from moody dance to heartrending tragedy. And Roseland Ballroom loved it.

Snowden : Live

Atlanta’s Snowden showed a softer, even more Anglophile side at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on June 5th, but they did not fail to win over Roseland’s more rock ?°»n’ roll crowd. Opening for fellow sons of the south, Kings of Leon, Snowden did not rely on their more hard-hitting tunes, but instead delved straight into their more expansive, even slightly indietronic sound. And the massive audience of devoted fans of the Kings’ southern-fried indie-rock was right there with them.
With the name ?°»Snowden’, one might be forgiven for thinking that the band is actually from the U.K., considering all the Anglo-Celtic connotations in the name – the single “Snowden” by England’s The Doves, Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, the Scotch-Irish alt-rockers Snow Patrol?°¦ even the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, Viscount Phillip Snowden (the band actually takes their name from a character in Joseph Heller’s quintessentially American novel, Catch-22). On their debut LP, last year’s Anti-Anti, there were definite indie-Brit stylings in the band’s slightly lappop beats, encompassing guitars, and singer Jordan Jeffares’ high, melodic vocals. And at Roseland Ballroom, Snowden largely picked Anti-Anti tracks that reflected this.

Curiously, the first two songs of the set, “Like Bullets” and “Filler Is Wasted”, were perhaps those that least fit into this approach. “Bullets”, Anti-Anti’s opener, lead off the set with some strong, dark bass and drums, while “Filler” delivered a powerful distorted guitar on a more rocking beat. But nowhere in the set were there Anti-Anti’s ironic-rock “Counterfeit Rules” or evocative cry, “Stop Your Bleeding”. Instead, Snowden followed “Filler” with the much slower, much more melancholy “Innocent Heathen”, and stayed in a less straightforwardly rock vein from there on in.

Click for all the photos from this show in the QRO Concert Photo Gallery

This is not, however, to say that it was a bad choice. The ?°»sad song about a sad girl’, “Innocent Heathen”, is easily one of the strongest and most memorable pieces on the strong and memorable Anti-Anti, and washed over the audience well, with its emotion ringing true – no one in the crowd could hear the line, “She doesn’t mind to take her clothes off” and interpret it as anything but tragic. Snowden slipped a bit with the next song, an unfamiliar and possibly new number, similar to “Heathen” though not quite as downbeat, but the piece served as a good bridge to Anti-Anti’s much more upbeat title track. A winning mix of indie-rock and indie-electronica, the anthemistic quality of “Anti-Anti” serves it well as the theme of the eponymous record, and likewise as the band’s theme for the night. The dark dancetronic “Kill the Power” was more driving than upbeat, but kept the “Anti” thread going into “Black Eyes”, which took the sound of “Power”, added more distorted guitars, and married it to the sadness of “Heathen”, making it perhaps the most representative song of the evening. “Victim Card” ended the set, with its raw poignancy returning to the straight sadness of “Heathen”.

As impressive and affecting as Snowden’s set was, what was maybe more impressive and affecting was how much it impressed and affected the crowd. Kings of Leon’s ?°»indie-Skynyrd’ rock doesn’t draw the usual hipsters, with instead a mix of young rock fans and more straight-up rock fans. But, instead of trotting out their most rock ?°»n’ roll numbers, Snowden challenged the audience with a softer, echoing line-up of songs, from moody dance to heartrending tragedy. And Roseland Ballroom loved it.

Snowden Interview

Jordan Jeffares – Chanteur
Chandler Rentz – Batteur
Corinne Lee – Bassiste
David Payne – Guitariste

Bien décidé à conquérir le marché européen, ce groupe américain originaire d’Atlanta qui a déjà fait ses preuves en premiere partie de groupes tels que Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! et Arcade Fire, débarque en Juin sur la scène parisienne du Bataclan (et sur toute la tournée européenne) en premiere partie de leurs compatriotes les KINGS OF LEON.

Entretien avec Jordan

SNOWDEN

A quel âge as-tu reçu ton premier instrument ?

Euh?°¦probablement à l’âge de 7 ans, on m’avait offert un petit synthé pour noël. Je me souviens l’avoir ramené à la fête de l’école et d’avoir joué « take me home » de Phil Collins.

Comment vous êtes vous rencontrés ?

à l’époque, mon frère était DJ et à la fin de ses concerts, il passait mes démos et demandait aux gens dans la salle s’il y en avait qui seraient intéressés pour être membre de mon groupe. Il m’a branché sur une bassiste qui partageait un local avec un groupe et qui ne faisaient pas grand-chose. Il leur a donné toutes mes démos et ont tout de suite accroché. C’est comme ça que s’est formé le groupe.

Pourquoi avoir choisi « Snowden » comme nom pour votre groupe?

Snowden est le personnage d’une satire de l’armée très populaire qui s’appelle “catch 22” (de joseph Heller) . Il y a une scène énorme dans laquelle Snowden se fait tuer et le personnage principal réalise à quel point la vie est fragile.

Comment pourrais-tu décrire votre musique ?

Parfois je l’appelle “dirty pop”, mais Justin timberlake vient un peu gâcher cette description. Tant pis. C’est ce que c’est.

Quelles sont vos influences musicales ?

Les groupes qui m’ont conduits à faire la musique que je fais aujourd’hui sont : Smashing pumpkins, slowdive, The Verve, Radiohead, Portishead. J’ai toujours été fan des trucs hyper mélodiques et déprimants à la fois.

D’où venez-vous ?

j’ai grandi à la campagne, au sud d’Atlanta, dans une ville qui s’appelle Stockbridge. Je suis allé à l’université de Georgie et depuis la fin de mes études,je vis à Atlanta .

Quelle est la moyenne d’âge du groupe ?

J’ai toujours pensé que si j’arrêtais de parler de mon âge, j’arrêterais de vieillir. Donc je vais dire que nous avons tous 21 ans !

Y a-t-il un endroit où vous voudriez jouer ?

J’aimerais jouer partout en Europe. Je suis facile à contenter !

Quelle est le meilleur endroit où vous avez joué jusqu’à présent ?

Je pense que l’un des endroits les plus sympas où nous avons joué c’était le Crystal Ballroom à Portland, dans l’Oregon. C’est une salle de danse des années 20 avec des chandeliers en cristal énormes, des vieilles peintures, et un parquet massif qui a été construit de telle sorte qu’il rebondisse quand on danse dessus.

Vous allez assurer la première partie de Kings Of Leon en juin, comment les avez-vous rencontrés ?

J’ai un ami qui leur a parlé de nous. Un mois avant le début de la tournée, ils nous ont demandé si nous étions disponibles. Bien évidemment j’ai répondu oui ! Après le premier concert ils nous ont demandé de partir faire la tournée en Europe avec eux. Ils étaient déjà fans de notre album et connaissaient toutes les chansons. Nous sommes aussi très fans de leur musique !

Qu’est ce qu’on peut écouter sur ton « Ipod » ?

The Clientele, Beach House, Crosby Stills and Nash, Neutral Milk Hotel, Peter Bjorn and John, Phoenix, Sigur Ros, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Velvet Underground , entre autres…

As-tu une chanson favorite ?

Oula! C’est dur! Je dirais “missing” de The Clientele

As-tu une préférence pour l’une de vos chansons ?

Du fait d’avoir enregistré et mixé la plupart du disque en plus d’avoir joué les chansons pendant des années, elles m’indiffèrent complètement maintenant.

Qui écrit les chansons ?

J’écris tout pour Snowden

Où et comment trouvez vous l’inspiration pour vos chansons ?

partout! Des journaux à scandale à l’actualité, de l’expérience des amis et de la famille. Quand je vais me promener ou que je vais faire du vélo, je déborde d’idées. Souvent Je dois courir pour rentrer chez moi ou sortir mon micro au milieu d’une épicerie ou d’une promenade avec mon chien.

Combien de Cds ( Eps, Albums..) avez-vous sorti?

Il y a eu le premier single fin 2003 et le premier album qui est sorti en aout 2006

Quel est votre but pour cette année ?

On veut s’implanter en Europe, C’est dur de percer aux Etats-Unis avec notre style musical. J’ai entendu dire que les Européens avaient de meilleurs goûts musicaux !

Si tu étais ….

Un Pays: l’Islande
Une chanson rock : Smashing Pumpkins – Hummer
Un livre : “l’oeil le plus bleu” de Toni Morrison
Un film: Fight Club
Une expression: "C’est La Vie "
Une boisson: un Martini on the rocks bien serré
Un instrument musical :le son d’une Rhodes à travers une pédale de distortion
Un animal: un chien
Un cartoon : Jordan the Wonder dog
Un super héro : Jordan the Wonder dog
Un mois : décembre
Un acteur : Edward Norton

Kings of Leon cancel, Snowden Shines at First Ave.

With a sold out crowd ready to see Kings of Leon tonight, those fans disappeared very quickly once the news hit that Kings were sick and will be back in August. That did not stop Snowden from starting early to show the fans what they were made of. Corinne(the stunning bass player) and company put everything out on the line, and threw their bodies all around. This band turned their set more instrumental to really give their show that psychedelic rock n roll atmosphere. This band works so hard, getting so much out of their ability, and this band is still stretching to reach more heights. They have a great sound and have some incredible tunes, but I think this band is still looking to add a little more pop to the vocals, melodies, and riffs. Trust me, for this band it wont be difficult to find, considering their live set captures so much life. With no manager, this band still found the perfect path touring with Kings of Leon. Lets just hope the Kings of Leon take care of themselves a little more on tour, so Snowden can take advantage of all the great fans out there. Snowden will also be touring with the KOL in Europe. Keep your fingers crossed that they get a new record out soon and come back to the Twin Cities.

Don’t be surprised if you see Corrine Lee and Amanda(bassist from Stellar Star) on the cover of Rolling Stone. If anyone can make that happen please do so. I wish my girlfriend was in a great band and looked this good.

Show review: Kings of Leon & Snowden in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Every live show I attend seems to teach me some lesson about life: whether it be a lesson in Greek mythology (brought to me by the drunkard next to me at the bar), a lesson on how to avoid my art professor (who has yet to give me my grade for the semester), or just a plain and simple one like, for instance, a lesson in punctuality.

I was bitterly disappointed when I arrived at Cain’s Ballroom to learn that my most recent rock obsession, Snowden, had already left the stage. It seems Cain’s Ballroom is the only venue in Oklahoma that manages to stick to it’s said schedule.

Despite my reluctance to watch an entire set by Kings of Leon on this night, I was determined my night would not end in such a disappointment. Just to see what all the fuss was about, I wove myself into a dude-bro-infested crowd to hear a band that I felt had been over-sentimized by the beer-pong-obsessed frat boys back at school.

I managed to leave my snobbery behind for a moment as the Kings took the stage, and within seconds, the Cain’s trampoline-like wooden floors literally began to rock beneath me. To my surprise, what did I find?: a pure form of rock that was actually rocking my socks.

In the midst of the head banging and fist pumping crowd, I listened. I tapped my foot. I re-evaluated my opinion of the band, especially after the song "On Call." The thudding beats led me to smile and dance.

So, maybe I was a little impressed. Maybe the "Chad’s and Nancy’s" had something in common with me after all. But perhaps the reason I am repeating "maybe" so much is due to the fact that I am certain if I had given the Kings of Leon record a good spin, I could have experienced the essence of the band without ever seeing them live: this band is not about the stage theatrics at all.

While some will argue that it should be "all about the music, man," I will beg to differ. If I’m going to fork out $25 to see a live show, I’m expecting to see something: while not every band will walk on the crowd inside a bubble or have dancing animals on stage like the Flaming Lips, I kept wishing things could’ve been more imaginitive. Simply hearing the lead vocalist shout, "We’re Kings of Leon!" did not really light my fire.

As the show ended, I still had not been completely won over by these Kings of Leon. Perhaps, I was still upset I had missed Snowden. Lucky for me, I ran into a friend just after the show who informed me that the band was playing the after party at Mooch & Burn just down the street. Alas, my night would be complete!

To my surprise, not too many people made it the whole two blocks down the street to catch Snowden playing again, but I wasn’t complaining. When we arrived at the second venue of the night, we were able to snag a booth near the stage and catch the opening band No River City (who’s drummer just happened to share the same practice space as Snowden’s drummer back in their home town of Atlanta, Georgia, back in the day). No River City was led by a Freddy-Mercury-lookalike lead singer who was accompanied by a keyboardist (who took on the role of the bassist), a traditionally trained jazz-style drummer and a guitarist. They sounded something like I imagine the Legend of Junior Sapp might 15 years from now, so needless to say, they were a fresh breath of alt-country air.

Snowden finally took the stage for the second time that night around midnight, and I was delighted to see they found their niche audience in this small crowd. (I still having trouble imagining this band with the dude bros for a crowd.) They began their set with "Black Keys,"and I was immediately struck by their musical presence.

Melancholy drones of melody somehow infiltrated their way through guitar parts that made me (and everyone in proximity of me) want to move. Perhaps it was the shot that lead guitarist/vocalist Jordan Jeffares spontaniously gave to me and a friend in the front row helped compell the dancing, too. (Or maybe that part just made me think they were all the more rad.)

In any case, they seemed to be natural performers with a commanding stage presence that Kings of Leon was utterly lacking. (Go figure… the cover at Mooch & Burn was only $5.) Bassist/keyboardist Corinne Lee movements embodied a likeness to Karen O, with a similiar femme fierceness with less dramatics. Every person who has seen this band live will not go without mentioning Lee.

And of course, I could not go without mentioning the band’s catchiest tune, "Anti-Anti," which with an ironically disillusioned voice, speaks of our generations dissatifaction with the political state of being. I was surprised the band was able to nail this song live; I imagined it to be something more like a messy Clap Your Hands Say Yeah version of a live song, but this just flat out wasn’t the case.

An overall evalution of a date with Snowden should based on a evalution of it’s reminents: every good date keeps you wanting more. Snowden definately does that.

I more than recommend seeing this band live. I recommend you pick up their album, too. (Maybe even a sticker or something.) It seems there is so much more to come from this band, too.

I am contimplating a drive down to Houston to check out another show. Who wants to go?

MTV NEWS: SNOWDEN RAISING HELL IN THE ATL


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MTV News recently visited Atlanta to cover SNOWDEN, The Black Lips, Deerhunter, and the burgeoning Atlanta indie scene.

If you haven’t caught the segment on the air, the entire piece is availble online at the MTV site at the following link:


"Bands like the Black Lips, Snowden and Deerhunter show that hip-hop isn’t the only music coming out of the Southern city."

Meanwhile the band is still on tour with Kings of Leon, and everything is going swell. If they haven’t been through your way yet and tickets are still available, .

SNOWDEN tour dates are listed below. Always check the for the most current updates and further information.

05/11/2007 New Orleans, LA United States @ House of Blues – New Orleans
05/12/2007 Houston, TX United States @ Warehouse Live
05/13/2007 Dallas, TX United States @ House of Blues – Dallas
05/15/2007 Indianapolis, IN United States @ The Vogue
05/17/2007 Milwaukee, WI United States @ The Rave
05/18/2007 Minneapolis, MN United States @ First Avenue
05/19/2007 Chicago, IL United States @ Riviera Theatre
05/21/2007 Louisville, KY United States @ Headliners Music Hall
05/22/2007 Cleveland, OH United States @ House of Blues – Cleveland
05/24/2007 Cincinnati, OH United States @ Bogart’s
05/25/2007 St. Louis, MO United States @ The Pageant
06/01/2007 Atlanta, GA United States @ Tabernacle
06/02/2007 Asheville, NC United States @ The Orange Peel
06/05/2007 New York, NY United States @ Roseland Ballroom
06/06/2007 Boston, MA United States @ Avalon
06/07/2007 Philadelphia, PA United States @ The Electric Factory
06/12/2007 Toronto, ON Canada @ Kool Haus
06/13/2007 Columbus, OH United States @ Newport Music Hall
06/29/2007 New York, NY United States @ South Street Sea Port, Pier 17

is available for , in stores, and digitally through , ,
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1. Like Bullets
2.
3. My Murmuring Darling
4. Filler is Wasted
5. Black Eyes
6. Between the Rent and Me
7. Counterfeit Rules
8. Innocent Heathen
9. Stop Your Bleeding
10. Kill the Power
11. Victim Card
12. Sisters

Like Bullets Video:

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SNOWDEN AT STUBBS 5/9

Hailing from Atlanta, Snowden has assumed the lead position of bands that I am currently discovering and quickly taking a liking to their talent. At first listen, the band seemed an odd fit as the openers for The Kings of Leon, but understanding the direction that Kings have gone with their most recent released ?°»Because
of the Times’, which seems to be exploring new musical grounds and sounds, the pairing makes more sense. Nathan from Kings told me earlier in the day that Snowden is his favorite band currently, and if that was just a nod being they are the supporting act or not, I could understand it being a sincere statement after witnessing their short stint on stage Wednesday night. I haven’t been so entertained by a performance from a new band, since I came across those Silversun Pickup kids at SXSW 2006.

The short set, due to a developing storm and granting the headliners their due time on stage, touched on my favorites Like Bullets and Anti Anti, and showcased two basses on Filler is Wasted. Reminiscent of Joy Division and Interpol at times, Snowden take the time to explore the space and time within the songs that they craft not subjecting themselves to standard song structure, and they work them into a fury of energy and explosive release that is stimulating to witness live. They have their own style, the songs are well crafted, and each one off of the current release Anti Anti are quickly growing on me, as I can’t seem to pull this cd out of the player.
If these guys are coming to your town with Kings of Leon, I insist that you get there early for Snowden who are going to be taking the stage soon enough as the main course.

Go for more photos compliments of Valerie Fremin.

SNOWDEN TO TOUR WITH KINGS OF LEON


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After touring in support of in the US and England, hitting SXSW, and releasing two videos, SNOWDEN has just alerted us to the next item on the their agenda. This time, it is a US tour with Southern family band Kings of Leon beginning on May 2nd in Seattle. There’s a good chance SNOWDEN will be coming through your neighborhood this time, so now.

SNOWDEN tour dates are listed below. Always check the for the most current updates and further information.

5/02 – 6/13 with Kings of Leon

05/02/2007 Seattle, WA United States @ Moore Theatre
05/03/2007 Portland, OR United States @ Crystal Ballroom
05/05/2007 Denver, CO United States @ Ogden Theatre
05/06/2007 North Kansas City, MO United States @ VooDoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino North Kansas City
05/07/2007 Tulsa, OK United States @ Cain’s Ballroom
05/09/2007 Austin, TX United States @ Stubbs
05/11/2007 New Orleans, LA United States @ House of Blues – New Orleans
05/12/2007 Houston, TX United States @ Warehouse Live
05/13/2007 Dallas, TX United States @ House of Blues – Dallas
05/15/2007 Indianapolis, IN United States @ The Vogue
05/17/2007 Milwaukee, WI United States @ The Rave
05/18/2007 Minneapolis, MN United States @ First Avenue
05/19/2007 Chicago, IL United States @ Riviera Theatre
05/21/2007 Louisville, KY United States @ Headliners Music Hall
05/22/2007 Cleveland, OH United States @ House of Blues – Cleveland
05/24/2007 Cincinnati, OH United States @ Bogart’s
05/25/2007 St. Louis, MO United States @ The Pageant
06/01/2007 Atlanta, GA United States @ Tabernacle
06/02/2007 Asheville, NC United States @ The Orange Peel
06/05/2007 New York, NY United States @ Roseland Ballroom
06/06/2007 Boston, MA United States @ Avalon
06/07/2007 Philadelphia, PA United States @ The Electric Factory
06/12/2007 Toronto, ON Canada @ Kool Haus
06/13/2007 Columbus, OH United States @ Newport Music Hall
06/29/2007 New York, NY United States @ South Street Sea Port, Pier 17

is available for , in stores, and digitally through , ,
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1. Like Bullets
2.
3. My Murmuring Darling
4. Filler is Wasted
5. Black Eyes
6. Between the Rent and Me
7. Counterfeit Rules
8. Innocent Heathen
9. Stop Your Bleeding
10. Kill the Power
11. Victim Card
12. Sisters

Like Bullets Video:

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SNOWDEN [I]LIVE[/I] SXSW REVIEW

Section: SXSW
Artist: Snowden
Myspace Address: http://www.myspace.com/snowden
Place of Origin: Atlanta, GA
By: T. Mathenia

Atmosphere is the thing. This band not only played and performed but they transported us (or rather me) to there dark and lonely world filled with heartache and angst. And they sounded damn good doing it. Didn’t know much about them…as I was there looking for some free food. Didn’t find it, but boy oh boy did I find a great band. Gloom and doom never sounded so pretty or looked so energetic. I mean the way these guys interacted with each other and the crowd was amazing. One thing I need from a band is energy and they gave and gave. Good lyrics and blazing guitar. I left knowing that I had been transformed into a fan.

SNOWDEN BRING THE FUZZ

This Georgia quartet throws back to the days of shoegazey sonic landscapes

words: Neil Miller Jr.

Straight from singer-guitarist Jordan Jeffares’ bedroom to your ears, Snowden’s Anti-Anti (Jade Tree Records) has raised the bar for what to expect from the new wave of post-shoegaze.

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Snowden began as a bedroom project helmed by Jeffares. Through including Snowden demos in his DJ sets at a rock club, he found three like-minded individuals to complete the project: drummer Chandler Rentz, bassist/keyboardist Corinne Lee and guitarist David Payne.

Jeffares sums up the band’s sound in one word — “anxious” — while Payne classifies it as “pop music with a bit of a dark, dancey edge.” Both classifications are spot-on. Snowden’s sound is reminiscent of the Cure and will draw comparisons to bands like Interpol and Editors. Impossible to ignore is the shoegaze element, specifically in the fuzzy, reverb-heavy guitar sound of “Black Eyes” and the delay-laden “Between the Rent and Me.” Vocally, Jeffares shines brightest on the album’s opening track, “Like Bullets.”

Both Rentz and Jeffares claim to be followers of the now seemingly defunct genre that uses such tactics, and an array of other effects, to create a sonic landscape rather than a song based on melodies. “What that music gave to me was the concept of a song being based on a general feel and atmosphere, as opposed to writing around riffs or vocals, songs that were a sum of their parts and not just everyone playing the same chords together," Jeffares says.

Coming up for the band is an appearance at the SXSW festival, a performance with Autolux at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, and further touring in Europe. Already having shared stages with such indie darlings as the Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Xiu Xiu, Snowden are well on their way to achieving sonic perfection and heavy underground recognition.

Snowden stop by the Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont, 773/281-4444) with Malajube February 23; Anti-Anti is out now

SNOWDEN TOUR WITH MALAJUBE STARTS TONIGHT


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SNOWDEN are bringing to the people once again. Tonight’s show in Baltimore marks the first show of the band’s US tour with Malajube. While your waiting to see the live show, remember to check out the , created by .

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SNOWDEN tour dates are listed below. Always check the for the most current updates and further information.

02/16/2007 Baltimore, MD United States @ Sonar
02/17/2007 New York, NY United States @ Mercury Lounge
02/18/2007 New York, NY United States @ Mercury Lounge
02/19/2007 Brooklyn, NY United States @ Southpaw
02/20/2007 Philadelphia, PA United States @ Johnny Brendas
02/21/2007 Washington, DC United States @ Rock ‘N Roll Hotel
02/22/2007 Cleveland Hts, OH United States @ Grog Shop
02/23/2007 Chicago, IL United States @ Beat Kitchen
02/24/2007 Minneapolis, MN United States @ Triple Rock Social Club
02/28/2007 Seattle, WA United States @ Neumo’s
03/01/2007 Portland, OR United States @ Dante’s
03/02/2007 San Francisco, CA United States @ The Independent (Noise Pop Festival)
03/03/2007 Los Angeles, CA United States @ The Echo
03/05/2007 San Diego, CA United States @ Casbah
03/06/2007 Hollywood, CA United States @ Cinespace
03/08/2007 Salt Lake City, UT United States @ Urban Lounge
03/09/2007 Denver, CO United States @ Larimer Lounge
03/10/2007 Kansas City, MO United States @ Record Bar
03/12/2007 Houston, TX United States @ The Mink
03/13/2007 Dallas, TX United States @ Ellum: ONSTAGE
03/15/2007 Austin, Texas United States @ Lambert’s (Jade Tree SXSW)
03/17/2007 Austin, TX United States @ Urban Outfitters #21 (LIVE In-store at SXSW)
03/30/2007 Jackson, MS United States @ Hal and Mal’s (Crossroads Film Festival)

is available for , in stores, and digitally through , , , , , , , and .

1. Like Bullets
2.
3. My Murmuring Darling
4. Filler is Wasted
5. Black Eyes
6. Between the Rent and Me
7. Counterfeit Rules
8. Innocent Heathen
9. Stop Your Bleeding
10. Kill the Power
11. Victim Card
12. Sisters

SNOWDEN RELEASE VIDEO FOR ‘LIKE BULLETS’, READY FOR TOUR WITH MALAJUBE


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SNOWDEN hasn’t stopped moving since the release of in August. As the band gears up to hit the road with Québecois sensation Malajube, they have whet our appetite with a , created by .

SNOWDEN tour dates are listed below. Always check the for the most current updates and further information.

02/16/2007 Baltimore, MD United States @ Sonar
02/17/2007 New York, NY United States @ Mercury Lounge
02/18/2007 New York, NY United States @ Mercury Lounge
02/18/2007 Chicago, IL United States @ Beat Kitchen
02/19/2007 Brooklyn, NY United States @ Southpaw
02/20/2007 Philadelphia, PA United States @ Johnny Brendas
02/21/2007 Washington, DC United States @ Rock ‘N Roll Hotel
02/22/2007 Cleveland Hts, OH United States @ Grog Shop
02/24/2007 Minneapolis, MN United States @ Triple Rock Social Club
02/28/2007 Seattle, WA United States @ Neumo’s
03/01/2007 Portland, OR United States @ Dante’s
03/02/2007 San Francisco, CA United States @ The Independent
03/03/2007 Los Angeles, CA United States @ The Echo
03/05/2007 San Diego, CA United States @ Casbah
03/06/2007 Hollywood, CA United States @ Cinespace
03/08/2007 Salt Lake City, UT United States @ Urban Lounge
03/09/2007 Denver, CO United States @ Larimer Lounge
03/10/2007 Kansas City, MO United States @ Record Bar
03/12/2007 Houston, TX United States @ The Mink

is available for , in stores, and digitally through , , , , , , , and .

1. Like Bullets
2.
3. My Murmuring Darling
4. Filler is Wasted
5. Black Eyes
6. Between the Rent and Me
7. Counterfeit Rules
8. Innocent Heathen
9. Stop Your Bleeding
10. Kill the Power
11. Victim Card
12. Sisters

SNOWDEN [I]ANTI-ANTI[/I] REVIEW

Cut the Chord’s Top Twenty Albums of 2006

3. There were probably few others anticipating the August release as much and for as long as we were here at Cut the Chord, and the pay-off was great. When you hear the title track, you get it right away; the flurry of drums, the intense bass lines, the post-hipster lyricism. Snowden’s hybrid of dance rock with shoegazer soundscapes makes them one of the most interesting new bands that you still have the chance to pick up on before your friends start recommending it to you instead. Be sure also to catch their intense live show if they come to your town.

YEAR IN REVIEW: TOP 10 REMIXES

Top 10 Remixes:

10. Lily Allen – Smile (Mark Ronson Revisit)
Mark Ronson’s "revisit" of Lily Allen’s "Smile" turns a breezy summer song into a wintery, 60′s girl pop song. A fine example of a remix that doesn’t have to turn it into a dance track. That being said…

09. Gorillaz – Dare (DFA Remix)
The fact that numerous people were running to this 12 minute remix proved to James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem and DFA fame) that long, organic, dance tracks could provide the proper motivation for a workout. Armed with this knowledge (and a paycheck from Nike), he created 45:33.

08. Grizzly Bear – La Duchess Anne (Safety Scissors Remix)
The original version of this song is a slow, acoustic dirge. The remix treatment retains the feel by converting it to a moody, claustrophobic, downtempo electronica song (which would be later stylistically popularized this year by Hot Chip).

07. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars (The Hey Team Remix)
The Hey Team Remix finds Snow Patrol’s latest arena-lighter-anthem exploring more atmospheric, Postal Service-esque areas. All is normal until about halfway through the song – then video game bleeps randomly come in and out. What is that all about? I don’t know, but it’s cool!

06. The Bird And The Bee – Fucking Boyfriend (Peaches Remix)
Peaches does an amazing remix with this song. While the original song had a creepy electro-samba feel to it, the Peaches Remix really explores the more menacing side of the song. Add in a crisp beat, the occasional power chord, some flittery 808s, and you got a goth rave masterpiece in the making.

05. Snowden – Black eyes (Le Castle Vania Remix)
Le Castle Vania has quickly come up in the ranks of remixers guaranteed to strike gold every time. Here they run Jordan Jefferes’ voice through the Daft Punk vocoder, then electro-fy the whole song, while maintaining the downtrodden dance-punk vibe that’s going on. Maybe I need to listen to less depressing music!

04. The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health (Ratatat Remix)
Already a contender for song of the year on many other lists, "We Share Our Mother’s Health" gets the "white crunk" treatment by Ratatat. If you like Ratatat, or The Knife, you will love this. Everybody wins.

03. Hot Chip – Over and Over (Diplo Remix)
Again, "Over and Over" is a strong enough song in its own right. How does one improve something that’s already good? Not sure, but Diplo does it – he injects the song with some rapid fire hustle-flow to keep up the energy!

02. Ratatat – Wildcat (E*vax Remix)
So I already used Kayne’s term to describe Ratatat earlier in this article – white crunk. Anyway, I would say "Wildcat" is already pretty "crunky". But also I’m going to tell you this remix is even crunkier!

01. Metric – Monster Hospital (Mstrkrft Remix)
Who knew that Jesse from Death From Above 1979 had aspirations of being an electro-dance DJ? His (now fulltime) gig as one half of MSTRKRFT involves cranking out remixes for popular acts. And they have not misfired on a single one yet! Emily – sure, I’ll hold your hands down…

Honorable Mention:

Beck – Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes) (8-bit)
Beck asks an unsigned nerd-rap group that uses nintendo synthesizers to remix his song. Band thinks he is kidding and tells him to fuck off. This is what happens after the confusion clears.

Thom Yorke – The Clock (Surgeon Remix)
Late addition for this year, but it’s quality. Yes, Thom, you might actually get played in a club with this one. Quick, someone do a remix of "Dick In A Box" so I can put it up here…

Wolfmother – Woman (MSTRKRFT Remix)
Like I said earlier, MSTRKRFT (pronounced masterkraft – yes, they’ve been hanging out with Motorola too much) could do no wrong this year. I don’t expect anyone to be able to get me to dance to young-ozzy-fronting-led-zeppelin, but these guys do it. Gotta love that arpeggiator!

Hot Chip – Just Like We (Breakdown) (DFA Remix)
The DFA’s just got an ear for these sprawling club mixes.

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SNOWDEN [I]ANTI-ANTI[/I] REVIEW

This Atlanta-based quartet has unexpectedly whipped up a blizzard of interest, much of it not local, for its debut. Despite, or more likely because of, frontman/songwriter Jordan Jeffares’ reliance on early-’80s post-punk shoegazer indie-rock, the quartet has been welcomed in New York City, a perfect fit for the musical and lyrical bleakness underlying his vision.

But if this set had been released 25 years ago, it probably would have been dismissed as an also-ran, especially when Echo & the Bunnymen, New Order and the Cure were churning out better songs with a more unique style. Older alternative rock listeners are already familiar with the dreamy washes of reverb-heavy guitar on "Innocent Heathen" and the piston-powered drums driving "Stop Your Bleeding," and Jeffares’ chilly, disaffected singing stops just short of imitating the far more entrancing style of New Order’s Bernard Sumner. For those who didn’t experience them first hand, there are plenty of albums to remind you how entrancing the sound can be.

When Snowden references Gang of Four’s terse funk in "Kill the Power" or the title track, the songs come alive. But too much of this album stays mired in the same, rather dreary groove. Jeffares doesn’t bring anything special to the table lyrically or vocally, and other than drummer Chandler Rentz, who provides the majority of the sparks, Snowden lumbers along in a time capsule of dated music and refried riffs that have been done before, and often done much better

SNOWDEN SHOW AT THE BOWERY BALLROOM NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Did you miss your opportunity to catch SNOWDEN on their current tour with ¡Forward Russia!? Fret not, you now have a chance to view the band’s extraordinary November 28th performance at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City at . The site is now featuring a free video of SNOWDEN performing "" with the option to purchase the full set digitally and on DVD. Baeble Music is a site that allows indie music fans to "interact side-by-side with full-length concerts, video clips, and extensive band profiles."

This tour isn’t over, so make sure to catch one of the remaining dates listed below.

12/08/2006 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
12/09/2006 Oklahoma, OK @ Conservatory
12/10/2006 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
12/11/2006 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
12/12/2006 Houston, TX @ Walter’s on Washington
12/14/2006 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
12/15/2006 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
12/16/2006 Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage

Please see the for the most current information and all show details.

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