Snail Mail played The Sinclair – 12/1

Singer/songwriter Lindsey Jordan’s Snail Mail returned to the Boston vicinity for a pair of sold-out Sinclair shows on Saturday, with support from Why Bonnie. 

It’s been a big year for Snail Mail, who landed a Matador Records signing and released debut LP Lush to rave reviews in June. Unsurprisingly, the band also spent 2018 commanding bigger and bigger crowds on a seemingly neverending tour schedule. Saturday’s early show was the fourth time I caught the band in Massachusetts this year, and I missed at least one set beyond that.

That kind of grind can strip the spirit from some groups, but Jordan and her three-piece backing band (upgraded from a trio circa January/February) are still bringing passion to and from these songs – which the crowds have been singing back to them with increasing fervency as the months go by. This early set got straight to the point, dispensing the highlights from Lush and 2016’s Habit EP sans encore to accommodate the turnover for the second show. No big surprises, but a showcase nonetheless for an increasingly confident young band whose days in the spotlight are just beginning.

Check out photos from the early evening, including Austin indie-pop crew Why Bonnie in the opening slot, below.