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Video of the Moment #2829: Enter Shikari

By on Tuesday, 24th April 2018 at 6:00 pm

St. Albans rockers Enter Shikari released their fifth album last year. The politically focussed ‘The Spark’ hit the top 5 after its release in September. It also spawned a series of singles last year, including ‘Live Outside’, ‘Rabble Rouser’ and ‘The Sights’. The latest from the LP is ‘Take My Country Back’, which frontman Rou Reynolds describes in this manner:

Unfortunately the sentiment of this track still stands, more than 12 months after I wrote it. if anything, the atmosphere is worse than it was then. an increasingly hostile right-wing media acting as a megaphone for what we now know were exaggerations and outright lies, amplified by fake bot accounts on Twitter, reinforcing the prejudices of the ill-informed. It’s got a big chorus, though.

Watch the animated video by fan Max Graur for the punishing ‘Take My Country Back’ below. For all of our past coverage on Enter Shikari, follow this link.


Liverpool Sound City 2013: John’s Day 3 Roundup

By on Thursday, 16th May 2013 at 1:00 pm

Header photo by TGTF Head Photographer Martin Sharman

Saturday’s frivolities at Sound City 2013 began at the naturally striking Kazimier Gardens, where the Korean day showcase was taking place. You can hear about and see great photos of the bands from Martin, but for one, the food and atmosphere was exactly what you wanted at around three in the afternoon, when your football team has just been mercilessly relegated from the Championship (yes, I’m bitter). That being that the booze was gently flowing, the sun was beating down on the exposed venue and everyone was in good cheer. Imagine the start of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Bilbo’s party, then make everyone grow by a foot and a half, and presto, you’ve got how the Kazimier Gardens looked. And no, Gandalf wasn’t there.

Fantasy whimsy aside, the first band of the day for me were Marmozets, a post-hardcore act who’ve been hotly tipped by Kerrang!, Front and everyone in between, so it was to no surprise that they’d proved a big draw at Liverpool’s O2 Academy. Their youthful vitality was a stark contrast to some of the dusty indie on show this weekend, and as frontwoman Becca Macintyre bounded and roared her way across the stage the wholesome, yet raw riffage on show from her conspiring band members brought a new level of chaos to proceedings. Their youthful charm came across articulately and the largely partisan crowd who were their primarily for headliners Enter Shikari had definitely found a new favourite band. Expect more than noise from this fivesome in the future. (9/10)

How else do you follow up a youthful post-hardcore act in a sweaty O2 Academy? With a Taiwanese rap-reggae outfit of course, called Matzka. Matzka drive a bulldozer of funky fresh sound through the language barrier, immediately encapsulating the aboriginal charm that their music draws from. The largely oriental audience sing along to every verse and chorus whilst those who unfortunately aren’t able to understand cheerily bop along to the more user-friendly call and repeat choruses.

The band strums on through a short set in The Attic, which has me (probably on my own on this one) thinking about tropical holidays and that film with Adam Sandler in where the girl keeps forgetting who he is. Its good honest. I think it’s called 50 First Dates! That’s the one and it’s set on a beautiful island which is where Matzka take you.

You’ve got a cocktail in one hand, and Matzka are playing in front of you as you leisurely recline on a deck chair with the midday sun beating down on you. Even in the middle of Liverpool that feeling was what I was awash with, and it most definitely was not the cider noodling with my brain… I think. (8/10)

From an almost samba weirdness to just plain weirdness was the move to see Delphic at the Arts Academy. The UK three-piece (pictured at top) opened with single ‘Baiya’ from their latest album ‘Collections’ and proceeded to dart from between their debut effort and their 2013 release in a set which felt a bit scatty if not laboured.

Even the seemingly safe bet of ‘Doubt’ falls flat in the Arts Academy; however, merit could be found as the set drew to a conclusion with a suitable buzz created by frontman James Cook as the set ended. (6/10)


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.

Enter Shikari Lincoln 1

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.


Video of the Moment #1085: Enter Shikari

By on Sunday, 6th January 2013 at 6:00 pm

Enter Shikari have an animated video for their song ‘Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide’. With a warning in the beginning that it might cause an epileptic seizure. A Gorillaz video it is not, but there’s charm and surprising artistry in this visual. Watch it below.



Video of the Moment #1057: Enter Shikari

By on Tuesday, 4th December 2012 at 6:00 pm

Enter Shikari‘s ‘Pack of Thieves’ is a real corker. Watch the promo video for it below.



Live Gig Video: Enter Shikari perform ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’ at London Hammersmith Apollo

By on Thursday, 18th October 2012 at 4:00 pm

Enter Shikari have released this live video from their sold out performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo from March 2012. In it, they’re performing track ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’. Watch it below.



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