Watch Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan talk about the influence of Bilinda Butcher

As part of Fender’s new Under the Influence series

Snail Mail frontwoman’s Lindsey Jordan recently spoke to Fender about the strong influence of My Bloody Valentine singer and guitarist Bilinda Butcher.

Jordan spoke about the cult status Butcher has gained in the world of shoegaze, saying: “Bilinda has always been really cool to me. She’s a huge part of the band that created shoegaze. There’s not that much about her on the internet. She just has this mysterious aura, but she’s this huge figure in my songwriting and my life.”

Butcher joined My Bloody Valentine in 1987, taking up guitar and vocal duties alongside Kevin Shields. Her dreamy vocals, mixed with her dynamic and occasionally dissonant guitar playing would go on to define the sound of the band, who in turn would be hugely influential on the indie and shoegaze bands that followed them. She was also known for favouring various offset guitars, including Jags, Jazzmasters and Mustangs, as well as a Charvel Surfcaster.

Snail Mail began in 2015 as a solo project for Jordan. They’ve since expanded with a full band, and released their first studio album Lush in 2018.

The above interview is the first in a new series by Fender, entitled Under the Influence. It will be a three-part series in total.

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