I first came across Snork’s singer Elle Revel, via her any genre, any experience online radio show – Optical Zoo – which is broadcast from the Old Police Station in New Cross and has been going for 5 years (definitely worth checking out for intelligent discussion and varied radical music.)
In the way London does, it conjured together Simone on drums, Clem on guitar and Elle Revel on vocals to form Snork in 2012.
Snork joined Gertrude and Rot Jaws in the line-up for a benefit gig for the Focus E15 Mothers in February at The Stag’s Head in Hoxton and more recently they played at Blyth Power Ashes festival.
They call their genre “no wave” and are influenced by bands as diverse as Hawkwind and L7, but this doesn’t mean the music is unfocussed – experienced live, it’s a clear-cut onslaught of sound. Elle Revel fires straight to the core with her high-energy performances and banter with the audience, backed by big guitar riffs from Clem and powerful beats from Simone.
Snork: the true embodiment of punk rock spirit at its genre-defying finest.
Slater – what a motorbike crash of a song, full of ‘two fingers up’ attitude and pumped with overdriven guitars. Gender expectations are sweetly played around with by the female vocalist when she states: ‘I wanna be a man’. Play this track loud. There is plenty of burning rubber, oil and grease to smell.
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photo: Roger T. Smith