Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan: “I’m a perfectionist – I will rip a song apart until it is done”

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When Guitar World reaches Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan over Zoom, the vocalist-guitarist hints that she’s been breaking in a pair of instruments at home in New York City over the past few months. One is the gorgeous, custom Jazzmaster she’d co-designed back in 2019 – the flipped leftie with a pearl pickguard is technically the second pass at the instrument, with the original custom suspiciously lost in the mail back in 2020.

The other instrument, more precariously, is Jordan’s voice. Last November – just days before Jordan was to take off on the first leg of touring behind the scintillating, heart-swelling guitar rock of Snail Mail’s sophomore full-length, Valentine – the musician revealed she’d be postponing the dates to undergo surgery to remove massive polyps from her vocal cords.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.