By Natalie Baeza
Show: Snail Mail
Openers: Choir Boy, Black Marble
Venue: The Fillmore
City: San Francisco
Date: January, 24th, 2019
Snail Mail made another round to the Bay Area last night, this time playing a sold out show at San Francisco’s legendary venue, The Fillmore.
The opening bands were amazing. Choir Boy, out of Salt Lake City, opened up the show giving 80’s vibes with vocals that were reminiscent of Morrissey. Second band, Black Marble gave similar vibes but with darker and heavier synths and bass. Both acts were the perfect combination to get the crowd ready for Snail Mail.
It’s been awesome to see Snail Mail grow and play bigger venues each time they come around. The last time I had caught their show (June of 2018), they played a small venue in Oakland that had a stage that could barely fit the band and their equipment. However, the energy of their performance was able to make you forget the size of the room.
It was interesting to see how their live performance has evolved from when I last saw them. The style in which they played some of their songs was unique, but a nice switch up from the original recordings. Leading front woman, Lindsey Jordan would often change up the tempo of a song and let the strums of her guitar ring out for extended amounts of time while occasionally changing up her vocals.
This was also one of the rarest crowds I’ve experienced. Normally there’s a sea of phones held up in the air, obscuring the view of the stage, but this audience (of all ages) was actually living in the moment and taking it all in without feeling the need to document it.