In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Clash’s landmark album London Calling, KEXP will travel to London for a 4-day live broadcast and online event, featuring live performances and exclusive interviews. Snapped Ankles will take the Studio 9294 stage on Tuesday, February 5 alongside fellow UK bands Kero Kero Bonito and Vanishing Twin. Get familiar with the band before their performance below.
UK group Snapped Ankles are difficult to define. Part performance art, part angsty post-punk, the band have made a name for themselves by adding a unique layer of theatrics to their feral music. Adorned in costumes made up of dead plants, antlers, and terrifying masks while playing on vintage analog synthesizers strapped to logs is certainly a memorable look but their tribal-inspired Krautrock-like music are what really grab your attention.
On March 1st, the band will release their sophomore full-length titled Stunning Luxury, inspired by "the 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." KEXP premiered the single “Rechargeable” last month which followed lead single “Drink and Glide.”
KEXP spoke to Snapped Ankles about the significance of The Clash in a brief interview. Read below.
KEXP: What does The Clash mean to you and have they inspired your music at all?
Snapped Ankles: Not really as I was more into Sex Pistols via the Stooges… but I asked my postman Vince, who was a “face" on the 100club/screen on the green screen back in ’76, what he could recollect of The Clash and he said Joe Strummer bought him a ticket for the Ramones...so he’s alright…
Do you find there to be parallels between the lyrical content and ethos of London Calling and the current state of England?
Well, I always thought London Calling was all over the place lyrically and musically... so that’s a bit like the current state of our nation yes!
What can audiences expect from your performance for KEXP's International Clash Day London broadcast?
Logs, lights and Tree loving!
Snapped Ankles will perform at KEXP’s International Clash Day London broadcast at 1:30 PM PST / 9:30 PM GMT on Tuesday, February 5. Check out the full schedule of performances here. Watch the video for “Drink and Glide,” directed and edited by Daisy Dickinson, below.
Kero Kero Bonito will perform at KEXP's International Clash Day London broadcast on Tues, Feb. 5