Saturday Pump & Grind

David Hoyle (UK)
Snapped Ankles

Sat 29 Oct 2016

Pump & Grind

DH Photo by Lee Baxter


The sensational anti-drag queen David Hoyle presents a very special performance made for SPILL. Expect polemic, pathos, provocative politicking and high comedy.

Hoyle came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine David, a kind of anti-drag queen whose lacerating social commentary was offset by breathtaking instances of self-recrimination and even self-harm. Following a couple of outré latenight Channel 4 shows and a cameo in Velvet Goldmine, Hoyle killed the Divine David off during a spectacular show at the Streatham Ice Arena in 2000 and retreated to Manchester for “a period of reflection”. He returned to TV screens in 2005 in Chris Morris’s Nathan Barley, then began performing live again, under his own name (at venues such as Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), Soho Theatre and Tate Britain).

Snapped Ankles are London’s art-wave oddities, a group who lead lives full of creative experimentation. Their performances are a phantasmagorical spectacle; the Snaps often appear draped from head to toe in unruly shamanistic dress, a visual emblem to their otherworldly presence.

With a core set of rock solid rhythm tunes infused with raw guitar and synth post punk, their songs often draw upon obscure references such as Kathy Bates’ character Annie Wilkes from the 1990 American Thriller ‘Misery’ and the 19th Century naive-art construction Palais Ideal by Ferdinand Cheval. At some performances the band surround their audience whilst playing their percussive “Synth Logs” to create a minimal homemade techno that has best been described as “agricultural Kraftwerk”.

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