Serpents & Snakes Records is excited to announce that today is the release date for Snowden's "Keep Quiet" single and remixes. The band's full-length, No One In Control, has been rescheduled for a May 14 release.
Snowden will tour major markets including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles this winter, launching its 10-date run on February 19th in Boston and wrapping up in Atlanta on March 3rd. The full list of tour dates is below.
More than a half-decade after their breakthrough debut album, Snowden has returned and the extended wait has proven resoundingly worth it. No One In Control is a remarkable collection, lit with impassioned creativity and coruscating emotional power. Jordan Jeffares - the multi-talented mind behind Snowden - toiled for almost six years, pushing himself and his music ever closer to madness, and that hermetic intensity can be heard in the record's every finely etched facet. With its seamless integration of haunting melodies, rhythmic ingenuity, and hypnagogic songcraft, No One In Control sees Snowden's artistry and ambition ascending to hitherto untouched new heights.
Snowden emerged in 2004 and were soon hailed as one of the Atlanta underground's leading new artists, with MTV linking the band alongside Deerhunter and Black Lips as avatars of the burgeoning scene. Released in 2006, Anti-Anti fully delivered upon the band's promise, earning worldwide popular success and critical applause for its enigmatic blend of deep grooves and post punk atmospherics. Snowden toured hard, building a fervent fan following via innumerable headline dates and shows alongside the likes of Arcade Fire and Kings of Leon.
But just as Snowden prepared their next move, Jeffares found himself entangled in contract dispute that put the kibosh on whatever career momentum he had gained. Trapped in legal limbo, he eased back into the life of a starving artist, subletting and setting up studios wherever he landed, from Chicago to Atlanta to New York. In due time, Jeffares had begun constructing a boldly beautiful song cycle inspired by the seclusion.
In 2011, Snowden's old friends and tourmates Kings of Leon invited Jeffares to join forces with their newly launched Serpents & Snakes Records. With the finish line now in sight, Jeffares considered self-producing the final album, but knew that he couldn't be objective having listened to some of these tracks more than 500 times. He reached out to producer Bill Skibbe - known for his work alongside The Kills, The Dead Weather, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Adult. - and in November, lit out for Skibbe's Benton Harbor, Michigan studio for three weeks of sessions.
Now based out of Austin, Jeffares is preparing for No One In Control's long awaited release by solidifying Snowden's intricate live presentation, the present line-up comprised of players assembled during his last stay in New York City. But for the most part, he has spent the past year recharging his creative batteries, "trying to live a life not centered around music."
That said Jeffares recently set up a studio, determined to begin the next Snowden album before hitting the road hard in 2013. Ever eager to push his music's own far-flung boundaries, he suggests future efforts will be more beat heavy and electronic in nature. One thing is certain, however: the arrival of the astonishingly affective No One In Control represents the culmination of a difficult and risky chapter for Snowden as well as the proverbial new beginning for Jordan Jeffares himself.
2/19 - Boston - TT The Bears
2/20 - Philadelphia - Johnny Brendas
2/22 - DC - DC9
2/23 - NYC - Mercury Lounge
2/24 - Chicago - Subterranean
2/25 - Minneapolis - Triple Rock
2/26 - Denver - Larimer Lounge
2/28 - Seattle - Barboza
3/1 - Los Angeles - Satellite Lounge
3/3 - Atlanta - The Earl