Snowden's Secret

Jordan Jeffares loves the cold. "I write best in the winter and fall," says the singer/guitarist for Snowden. "I just love the gloom of winter."

It shows in his music. Snowden's Anglo-friendly post-punk is seasoned with generous reverb. The feel is one of murk and isolation, which makes sense. Jeffares spent his senior year at UGA as a recluse: "I would go to class and come back to my room and work on music for six or seven hours a day, and track everything on my computer."

Jeffares' bedroom sessions became Snowden's self-titled, debut EP. But while he's the heart of Snowden, his older brother Preston is primarily responsible for the band. The older Jeffares used connections through his gig as the *KISS* dance party DJ to hook his little brother up with bassist Brandon Ivey, drummer Anthony Davis, guitarist David Payne and keyboardist Aimee Rydarowski. Preston also financially supported Jordan's work.

"If it weren't for him buying the first 8-track, I would have never have done anything," says the younger Jeffares. "He's almost like an investor."

In only its seventh month, Snowden has already opened for fellow Anglophiles The Hiss and headlined the recent Elliott Smith benefit. Now the group has to re-enter the creative process, which means deciding whether to write as a band or follow Jeffares' lead.

"[Jordan's] continually writing stuff, and we've got our own stuff, and we may be combining those together," says Ivey. "But I definitely plan on writing songs, and maybe adding them to this project. If not, you can always throw them into different projects."

Snowden plays The Earl Tues., Feb. 10. $8.