Snap, Crackle & Pop with Broken English Club

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It didn’t take long to discover who Snap, Crackle & Pop were, not after we’d seen this line up. On a rainy Saturday night in North London in the intimate surroundings of a basement beneath the Three Crowns pub on Stoke Newington high street is the Waiting Room.

The 120 cap venue is used for bands as well as club nights, where SC&P host both. The record label and promoter revolve their sounds around Techno, New Wave, Post Punk and Leftfield Disco. For us, that’s about the nail on the head. They also venture to Moth Club in Hackney with bigger line ups, including previous guests Lena Willikens, Avalon Emerson & Dollkraut.

As the room gradually filled, resident and founder; Harry James was warming things up, swaying from post punk, synth pop and slow electro beats which introduced the evening and the brand just right. Next on the bill was a live set from Yaws, a producer from Australia based in London. Yaws plays live experimental techno, his set up includes a mic for his vox deliveries; something like a singing robotic whale. Personally we'd have enjoyed catching his set towards the end of the night as it was heavy.

Before the event, we caught up with Oliver Ho (Broken English Club) who recently made his LP debut, ‘The English Beach’ on L.I.E.S records (Long Island Electrical System) in June this year. Broken English Club has been in the game since his early 20’s, influenced from his youth metal band interest and soon found a desire for producing gritty, strategically dark and industrial rhythms. His live set began with a light intensity, as if you had entered a world full of concrete and chains. Ho also used a microphone for live vocals, they were eerie and droning, which well suited the raw riffs and mucky structured slams that turned half way into an electro rhythm. The close-knit crowd was in awe as Ho smoothly continued his analogue wizardry, maintaining an upbeat yet slamming meal for his consumers.

Once Broken English Club’s live set came to a close, smartly wrapping up in the same way as it began, Harry James took on the reins again with an unrivalled Leftfield techno and electroset.

It was mour first SC&P, but surely won’t be our last.

 

Nick Strang