Kraut-tinged post punk x shrubbery adornment + buzzy oscillation = Snapped Ankles
From the depths of the wondrous Epping Forest (just north of the London orbital, where the M11 meets the M25), something outlandish and abnormal is spawning.
Self-defining their sound as ‘agricultural punktronica from analoge dendrophilia mediators’ (don’t ask), Snapped Ankles are a collection of mysticals who exclusively perform in shamanistic woodland costumes, incorporating performance art into their warped interpretation of rock music.
They’re a band who defy any conventions; a band who moulds their mythology all too often to keep a distance on reality. With influences ranging as far as Morris dancing, to old Norse scripture, to Jean-Luc Godard, to Brian Chippendale and Lightning Bolt, they’re certainly an eclectic (and eccentric) bunch.
The woodland obsession and the adornment of shrubbery is something which appears to be entirely unexplained; simply acting as a deterrent to avoid their real identities being revealed, perhaps? Or maybe there’s a deeper obsession with all things forest and thicket. Whatever they’re doing, they’re taking what British Sea Power are doing with their stage show and doubling up on plantation. It’s a flowery freak show.
Alongside the juggernaut kraut of songs like ’Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin’ which echoes Thee Oh Sees or Devo, there are other tracks reminiscent of The Fall’s idiosyncratic tendencies. ‘Director’s Nostalgia’ sounds like Mark E Smith fronting Broadcast's Trish Keenan conducting a full orchestra of children playing kitchenware with spoons…
This EP’s the feeler for a full-length album, due out later this year. I for one can’t wait.
If you like weekends away with the National Trust and have a soft spot for Pere Ubu, you’ll love Snapped Ankles. Wear your Mum’s hanging flower basket, cover yourself in turf and listen to Snapped Ankles. You’ll like Snapped Ankles.
Monthly Listeners in Spotify: 3,846
Hometown: Magical Woodland in the CM16 postal code region (we think)
Would fit best in a playlist called: Big Branches & Big Beats
3 Related Artists: Fat White Family, Pere Ubu, Flaming Lips
You can find the Snapped Ankles artist profile above.