Phoebe Bridger’s SNL Performance of ‘I Know The End’

Phoebe's unexpected guitar smash in the iconic ending sequence in this song. After critics from older male musicians on the smash Phoebe wrote on Instagram

Phoebe’s unexpected guitar smash in the iconic ending sequence in this song. After critics from older male musicians on the smash Phoebe wrote on Instagram “Got from really great feedback from my performance! Next time I will just just burn it and it will be more expensive”! (Credit: Will Heath | @willhealthphoto on IG)

April McBride, Staff Writer

Indie darling Phoebe Bridgers shook up the SNL stage on February 10th with her performance of the critically acclaimed track ‘I Know The End ” of the June 2020 release of her second record ‘Punisher’. This is the record that has taken her from little-known LA car regular to 4x Grammy nominee over the last eight months. 

Phoebe’s unexpected guitar smash in the iconic ending sequence in this song. After critics from older male musicians on the smash Phoebe wrote on Instagram “Got some really great feedback from my performance! Next time, I’ll just just burn it and it’ll be more expensive”! (Credit: Will Heath | @willhealthphoto on IG)

The coined ’emo-folk’ record breaks apart tiny moments, lets us into her pseudo-word of life, love, and existentialism. The 26-year-old ends her masterpiece with the five-minute track of “I Know the End”. This song ended the singer-songwriter’s first SNL set with a surprise smash of her all-black Dan Electro guitar on the SNL stage.  

Bridgers swabbed out her regular skeleton pajamas for a gold Gucci skeleton dress and platform black sneakers, while her band of musicians and frequent collaborators are dressed in sparkling light-up skeleton jumpsuits and fluorescence sparkles. The set is decorated in a dark blue and red, matching ‘Punisher’s album art. 

The performance begins with a slow and melodic rendition of the first half, as red and blue lights build up more intense. As the theme fades from breakup acceptance into the end of the world the instrumentals are ramped up and flashing lasers start to cast down the stage,  By the last verse, a wave of sound is coming down the stage while Phoebe riffs off on her guitar along with legendary Guitarist Harrison Whitford, while screaming through the outro. She ends with an attempt at smashing her guitar on SNL sound boxes. She eventually gives up and runs back, hugging her bassist. 

Post the performance she was berated on social media and guitar circles for being overly dramatic and not smashing it correctly. Mainly coming from older male musicians, specifically David Crosby, Phoebe responded with a chain of tweets including “canceled by incels”, “can’t believe I am the first woman ever” and rick-rolling him in another tweet. 

Phoebe continues to be a breakout artist this year and has been nominated for four Grammys including Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best New Artist. As well as recently picking up Spotify’s Best New Artist award for 2020. Phoebe also features as the march covers for Gay Times and Alternative press. She is also making news for announcing her relationship with Bright Eyes front-man Conor Oberst whom she toured and created an album with in 2018.