Snapped Ankles

Snapped Ankles

Proggy/krauty/post-punk fourpiece Snapped Ankles are ready to roll with a debut album in the works, which promises to lurch from droll to downright weird. Here they reveal the sounds that fuel them...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 28 Jul 2017
  • min read
East London’s Snapped Ankles first stumbled out of their local warehouse scene back in 2011, ready to roll with a proggy/krauty/post-punk manifesto that lurched from droll to downright weird.

Six years on and they’re prepping the release of their debut LP Come Play the Trees on 29 September, a set which promises synth-drum mayhem and lyrical obscurity from deep within the urban forest.

Preferring to dress us up as knarly old trees for their live performances has certainly won them a few plaudits, with props coming in from world-psych masters Flamingods and lauded bookers Baba Yaga’s Hut.

We recently cornered the foursome for a playlist, and quickly learned they've got impeccable taste. Get a load of this...

David Byrne - In the Future
In the future “David Byrne” will become a verb for creative excellence, Brompton cycling and coolness all at the same time.

Ramasandiran Somusundaram - Electronic Heart
In the past electronic synthesis was feared to be taking over the human condition unless you had a really long name.

Amnesia Scanner - AS Crust
In the future all digital learning courses will be spoken to a pulsing Berlin techno backing track.

Craig Leon - She Wears A Hemispherical Skullcap
In the past artists like Craig Leon imagined what alien/lost civilisations would do if they found an Eventide H3000 in the rubble of human detritus.

Colder - Crazy love
In the future this song will be a wedding set standard.

Africans With Mainframes - Vibrations From The Serengeti II
In the past real Africans didn’t really have mainframes ... but now they do and they are gonna use them in a totally cool and surprisingly inventive ways that we in Brexit Britain can only stand back and gasp.

Golden Teacher - Maladroit
In the future Glasgow's dance music will eclipse Manchester's 30-40 year crown. It’s not a competition but Golden Teacher could win a dance off with any of the greats ... maybe.

Conny Plank/Dueka/Mani Neumeier/Moebius - Recall
In the past artists like Deiter Moebius imagined what alien/lost civilisations would do if they found some Africans with mainframes then got Mani Neumeier to bash drums rather than the easier route of employing a shiny new drum machine … for the better we think.

MJ Cole - Volcano Riddim
In the future MJ Cole will make a volcano dance.

Blurt - Machua Machina
In the past the present and future Blurt will be the preacher to lead us from damnation.

Palais Schaumberg - Morgen Wird der Wald Gefegt [unavailable on Spotify so we picked Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt]
In the future Holger Hiller will be giving online skype lessons on how to write the perfect post punk ditty..

Wall of Voodoo - Ring of Fire
In the past there were no rules to cover versions if your drummer left the room for five minutes.

Crash Course In Science - Cardboard Lamb
In the future the past is made of cardboard.

XEX - Kitty
In the past people were nasty to kittens. Now they are nicer, mainly due to the internet. Cue our song I Want My Minutes Back.

Photo credit - Kasia Wozniak