Live Review: Snapped Ankles / Mermaid Chunky – Crookes Social Club, Sheffield 23.10.2021, plus gallery

Words: PeteMo / Pictures: Nick Lowe

Hailing from the basement & underground party scene of the east end of London, Snapped Ankles materialised like a strange & mythical apparition in front of an eager and discerning capacity crowd in the steel city, on a dank Saturday night. 

The venue, a working man’s club, dimly lit and heated to mimic an equatorial jungle by an energetic crowd who quickly set about flexing the historic timber dance floor, as wave after wave of primeval beats took everyone somewhere else for the duration of what was a set packed with surprises. 
The crowd, energised and challenged in equal measures by a haunting support duo in Mermaid Chunky, quickly got into proceedings, coming together to move to powerful tracks like The Evidence and Undiluted Lover, or parting to allow the creatures from the trees to roam, passing root like mic leads overhead whilst the band performed from various parts of the dance floor, with more chilled out trance inducing melodies from their recent Forest of your Problems LP.

Now in their tenth year, the band known well for being tough to compartmentalise, with their wild trance funk like but ultimately genre defeating electronic mastery, won’t disappoint and are both entertaining and adept in delivering their music to your ears flawlessly.

Some of the punters I met at the well staffed bar were avid fans already, travelling from as far as Grimsby! – some became fans on Saturday, whilst several, mostly onlookers from the members bar, were left trying to work out what they had seen and why!

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