“Snapped Ankles have taken on the guise of the very agents of their community’s demise – the property developers and brokers who heat the market on the promise of Stunning Luxury. With their adopted warehouse habitat under constant threat, the woodwose have taken this sharp-suited incarnation in order to infiltrate. The resistance starts here…”
As good as any band are laid down on record, there are some that leap a whole step further when they play live, exceeding a galaxy’s worth of any expectations you may have had prior to seeing them play. For me, this is exactly what happened when I saw London-based Snapped Ankles play last night. Stepping out into the semi-darkened, jam-packed room, Snapped Ankles emerged like lost deer in a forgotten wilderness. Filtering through the crowd, single file as they crept in, this antler-clad, fur adorned band steals your imagination as they emerge with masked identities. As they take the stage, transforming this platform into a woodland habitat, antlers begin to nod as a gathering beat gets going and the simmering tension is electric. Everything builds at just the right pace and it feels like your blood is on slow boil as it bubbles away, submerged in deep bass and heavy beats, and you just you cant help but move. Their music, an eclectic mix of electronic, 80’s synth infused, post-punk with rhythms that will rock your core. If I say nothing else, I urge you to check out this band live!
No stranger to the music scene, Snapped Ankles have been around since 2011, but have spent a lot of time building a solid fan base with countless live shows, DIY live improvisations and wild performances in warehouses. Earlier this year the band released second album, Stunning Luxury, which follows their 2017, Come Play the Trees. The record is based on themes of development, gentrification and suburban living. Taking the band away from the safe woodland confines they are so accustomed to, the chaos of city life unfolds over ten songs with heavy rhythms an integral part of each track. Three Steps To A Development really stood out for me, even more so when I saw them perform it live. It’s one incredibly hungry ear worm and at one point I was convinced they were going to break out with “White Lines”! Check it out above and listen/purchase the rest of the album from here.