Snapped Ankles are an East London art-wave collective that formed in 2011, aiming to blur mediums and boundaries through performance art, film and music. Taking their name from the infamous scene in 1990 American Thriller Misery with Kathy Bates they have been performing regularly in London at the noise rock nights of Baba Yaga’s Hut as well as honing performance concepts at underground art night they organize in warehouses and squats.
In their music they draw on the power and groove of krautrock and post punk, citing inspiration from NDW, Palais Schaumberg, Early Kraftwerk and This Heat as well as the more contemporary noise/drone post techno clamour of bands like Holy Fuck and Health.
They often appear in costume, as ragged moss monsters from some pagan nightmare past, making techno rhythms from homemade ‘Log synths’ and drum triggered visuals to create a unique experience for the audience. Each song/tune/groove is grown from improvised performances and the aim is meld a kinetic live energy with stories and conversations to create a new narrative—unsettling but unstoppable at the same time.
Snapped Ankles are part of London Topophobia art collective who host regular experimental performance nights in and around East London.