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Following on from their rather good Come Play the Trees album, London avant groove-sters Snapped Ankles are back with an album that appears to be a concept album about the property industry. A record to soundtrack the constant threat of developers perhaps but these are fun guys with many moments of memorable scuzz under their belts and Stunning Luxury should see them develop further.

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Stunning Luxury by Snapped Ankles
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8/10 Will Staff review, 26 February 2019

SUCK A SUCK A TAILPIPE

One of my favourite bands in 2018 was Snapped Ankles. After bearing witness to their manic, magic, vital, visceral set at Green Man Festival, I immediately became a fan and was known to bark ‘Johnny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin’ at anyone in my vicinity.

SUCK A SUCK A TAILPIPE

Stunning Luxury takes the themes that made their debut, Come Play the Trees so great like the Devo-esque chants and the cavernous, motoric grooves and adds delicious new flavours like dubby wobbles and (perhaps) even more aggression. Don’t be fooled into thinking that every song is just one-level or formulaic, however, there are half-speed breaks like on the Monks-y ‘Delivery Van’ or the minimal techno opening with some fat, big beat bass on ‘Three Steps to a Development’; the intro to ‘Skirmish in the Suburbs’ could have come straight off Leftism and makes me think of a jungle single on 33 1/3 speed.

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My favourite tracks on this album are the ones that are mostly clearly identifiable as Snapped Ankles. ‘Tailpipe’ is the band at their best, all copper-bottomed bass, breakneck-speed drums, and semi-incomprehensible lyrics; it’s the kind of thing they should be playing on car adverts. The song has a superb breakdown full of weird squeals and menacing synth arpeggios and, just when you think that the song has finished, it kicks back in with the force of a mule with a bee in its ear. ‘Tailpipe’ has the best vocal refrain on the track, a war-cry of ‘Suck a suck a tailpipe’ that deserves to be repeated so I’ve used it as dividers and bookends in this review.

SUCK A SUCK A TAILPIPE

Each song on this album is weapons-grade and I don’t think they could write a bad song if they tried. Snapped Ankles are a true Gesamtkunstwerk, complete with costumes, their own unique brand of music, and even a particular lexicon of arcane language; just take the liner notes to their first album such as ‘When the city starts to encroach on the forest, nature will find a way to reclaim what is rightfully hers. Snapped Ankles come as messengers.’ Couldn’t have put it better myself. They are here to save our souls.

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Snapped Ankles - Drink and Glide (Official Video) - YouTube



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