Taking their name from the character Howard Snowden in the famous Joseph Heller novel Catch-22, this US indie rock outfit from Atlanta, Georgia, was formed in 2003. Like many bands brought up on easily accessible home technology, Snowden started off making music on the band’s founding member Jordan Jeffares’ home computer, before playing any live shows. After a number of early personnel changes, the settled line-up featured Jeffares (vocals, guitar, keyboards), David Payne (guitar), Corinne Lee (bass, keyboards), and Chandler Rentz (drums). Sharing more than a passing similarity to the New York-based Interpol, the quartet’s atmospheric post-punk sound drew heavily from late 70/early 80s UK bands Joy Division and the Cure. After touring with Arcade Fire during2005, Snowden released their debut, Anti-Anti, the following year. The album received generally positive reviews leading to the band supporting Kings Of Leon on their 2007 European tour.
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