Live Review: Enter Shikari at Lincoln Engine Shed – 22nd April 2013

By on Friday, 26th April 2013 at 2:00 pm

Photos by Jess Mason (@jessislost)

*clap, clap, clap*

In 2007, Enter Shikari arrived sporting a sound which defied boundaries, smashed genres together like they barely existed and gave the term ‘DIY’ new meaning. I mean, for one, the recordings sounded phonically shaky and that was their charm. It gave every tween and twenty-something the idea that even without the pro equipment, you can record an album which changes people’s lives.

Their sound has evolved in the 6 years after ‘Take to the Skies’ release and now the band dabble in dubstep, with firm roots in their hardcore background still obvious. They still encapsulate what people loved about their debut though, their boundless energy, frenetic changes of pace and cheeky, chappy charm.

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At the Engine Shed on Monday the 22nd, four St Albans lads descended upon the venue with a force. The two support acts Hacktivist and Baby Godzilla had worked their charms on the assembled swaying masses of punters, meaning that as soon as Enter Shikari stepped foot on the Engine Shed’s stage, pandemonium ensued.

‘System… Meltdown’ had everyone bouncing in unison with the sweaty hordes repeating everything faux chav frontman Rou Reynolds can shout. For a band of 6 years though, their set rushes forward at breakneck pace, with Reynolds, Rory Clewlow, Chris Batten and Rob Rolfebarely barely coming up for air between each song as the pace daggered from dubstep wubs to intense breakdowns.

One particular highlight for any seasoned Shikari fan was the airing of debut single ‘Sorry You’re Not a Winner’. This happening is quite a rarity these days, as the band seemingly fell out of love with playing it after constant requests at shows, much like Placebo’s refusal to play ‘Nancy Boy’ ever again. Whether it’s the right thing for a band to do for paying customers is the question it raises, but that’s a debate for another day, I think.

The set continued at the hectic pace it had begun with, with the light show accompanying the band so good it deserves a mention of its own. But that’s the thing with a Shikari live set; you get treated to an absolute cornucopia for the senses, an aural assault of then highest level, combined with the spatterings of electronica and huge bass riffs.

I struggle to find a band that combine sounds with such brilliance as Shikari at times, they can leap from the conventional to the utterly ridiculous and their live performance just accentuates their eccentricity.

From bounding about the stage like a mad man, to standing erect atop the speakers conducting the swelling masses beneath them, their live performance has an edge to it that you just don’t see all to often. Each song is played with ferocity unbeknownst to most bands and the audience relate in toe, with circle pits and mosh pits galore.

By set closer ‘Mothership’, the energy has barely dipped and they pull off one of their most well-known tunes with the ease of a band in the prime of their career. Which to all observers, they must look like. But they’ve been in this prime for 6 years now, as every live show is of this quality. There is no dips, no drags, just quality from the St. Albans quartet.

So take note new bands, as if you yearn for success. These boys are the model to aim for.

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