Lindsey Jordan, who only graduated high school in 2017, has “no interest in applying to college.” Instead, the 18-year-old rock prodigy, who wrote her first EP, 2016’s Habit, when she was 15, is focused on promoting and touring behind her upcoming debut full-length, Lush, out June 8 on Matador. Inspired by Avril Lavigne and Paramore’s Hayley Williams at a young age and later mentored by Mary Timony (Helium, Ex Hex), Jordan, who performs as Snail Mail, fills her own album with wise-beyond-her-years lyrics of longing and moody melodies that slow down in tempo over the 10 tracks. Ahead of the album’s release, the Baltimore native shares why she hates being asked about gender -- and why there’s no saving rock’n’roll.
You recently finished high school. What did you think your life would look like at this age?
I’ve completely immersed myself in this anti-9-to-5 life. When I was younger, I didn't want to play music -- I’ve always been a guitar player, but I never saw myself doing it for real. [But now] I’m having a great time, I have no interest in applying to college. I don’t feel like I’m grasping for new knowledge; I learn so much every day. I would be interested in, maybe one day, if I was taking a break, taking some classes. But it’s definitely not at the top of my priority list. I’m not trying to make things normal, but I’m trying to take time for myself to enjoy things. I go roller-skating on Thursdays. R&B night at the rink near me is sick.