Enter Shikari performing at Elbriot 2015 in Germany. From left to right: Rory Clewlow, Rou Reynolds, Rob Rolfe and Chris Batten.
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Enter Shikari is an English rock band formed in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England in 1999 under the name Hybryd by bassist Chris Batten, lead vocalist and keyboardist Roughton "Rou" Reynolds, and drummer Rob Rolfe. In 2003, guitarist Liam "Rory" Clewlow joined the band to complete its current lineup, and it adopted its current name. In 2006, they performed to a growing fanbase at Download Festival as well as a sold-out concert at the London Astoria. Their debut studio album, Take to the Skies , was released in 2007 and reached number 4 in the Official UK Album Chart, and has since been certified gold in the UK. Their second, Common Dreads , was released in 2009 and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number 16;while their third, A Flash Flood of Colour , was released in 2012 and debuted on the chart at number 4. Both have since been certified silver in the UK. The band spent a considerable amount of time supporting the latter release through the A Flash Flood of Colour World Tour, before beginning work on a fourth studio album, The Mindsweep , which was released in 2015. Their fifth studio album The Spark was released in 2017.
Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.
St Albans is a city in Hertfordshire, England, and the major urban area in the City and District of St Albans. It lies east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, about 20 miles (32 km) north-northwest of central London, 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Welwyn Garden City and 11 miles (18 km) south-southeast of Luton. St Albans was the first major town on the old Roman road of Watling Street for travellers heading north, and it became the Roman city of Verulamium. It is a historic market town and is now a dormitory town within the London commuter belt and the Greater London Built-up Area.
Download Festival is a British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, since 2003, in Paris, France since 2016 and Parramatta Park, Sydney since 2019 & Flemington Racecourse Melbourne Australia since 2018. It is the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal festival and has hosted some of the genre's biggest names, including Saxon, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Mötley Crüe, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Faith No More and Guns N' Roses. The 2015 festival featured massive technological surveillance by police in conjunction with festival organisers Live Nation UK. RFID wristbands and facial recognition technology were used to compare visual scans of attendees against a European criminal database.
Enter Shikari have their own record label, Ambush Reality. However, they have also signed distribution deals with several major labels to help with worldwide distribution. Their eclectic musical style combines influences from rock music genres with those from various electronic music genres, and they are considered key pioneers of electronicore.
Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments and circuitry-based music technology. In general, a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means, and that produced using electronics only. Electromechanical instruments include mechanical elements, such as strings, hammers, and so on, and electric elements, such as magnetic pickups, power amplifiers and loudspeakers. Examples of electromechanical sound producing devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, and the electric guitar, which are typically made loud enough for performers and audiences to hear with an instrument amplifier and speaker cabinet. Pure electronic instruments do not have vibrating strings, hammers, or other sound-producing mechanisms. Devices such as the theremin, synthesizer, and computer can produce electronic sounds.
Electronicore is a fusion genre of metalcore with elements of various electronic music genres, often including trance, electronica, and dubstep. Notable artists of this genre have originated from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, and Japan.
In 1999 a band named Hybryd formed, consisting of Rou Reynolds on guitar and vocals, Chris Batten on bass guitar, and Rob Rolfe on drums. They released an EP called Commit No Nuisance , which featured the tracks "Perfect Pygmalion", "Look Inside", "Torch Song", "Honesty Box" and "Fake". In 2003, with the addition of guitarist Liam "Rory" Clewlow, Hybryd became Enter Shikari. The band was named after Shikari, a boat belonging to vocalist Rou Reynolds' uncle. "Shikari is another word for hunter."After the band's lineup and name change, Reynolds focused his musical efforts on vocals and electronics instead of guitar.
Commit No Nuisance is the only demo EP by Hybryd, who later went on to form the band Enter Shikari. It was released in 2002. It is rumoured that there were only six official copies of this album made, those six being discs with no printing on them and the songs from this album are found on YouTube and very rarely on music download websites.
During 2003 and 2004, the band released three demo EPs ( Nodding Acquaintance , Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour and Sorry You're Not a Winner ) that were available from their gigs and their website, featuring original versions of some songs that were eventually rerecorded for their debut album, Take To The Skies . They had another demo EP planned for release in 2005 (no such EP materialized, although recordings surfaced online). For this the first versions of "Return To Energiser" and "Labyrinth" were recorded. Early versions of "OK Time for Plan B" and "We Can Breathe in Space" were also recorded around this time but it's unclear if these were destined for the EP. It was at this time that Kerrang! Radio's Alex Baker picked up on the band, and as he didn't have a physical release to play, he streamed "OK Time For Plan B" off the band's Myspace page, straight onto the airwaves.
Nodding Acquaintance is the first demo EP by Enter Shikari. It was released in 2003 and was sold only at shows/via website.
In August 2006 they released a video of the single "Mothership" which became the single of the week on the iTunes Store. Their first physical single featured re-recorded versions of "Sorry You're Not a Winner/OK Time for Plan B", which had previously been featured on one of the demo EPs. It was released on 30 October 2006. It was limited to 1000 copies of each format and sold out within the first week of release. In mid January 2007, Enter Shikari's first single, "Mothership", entered the UK singles chart for one week at number 151, on Downloads only (despite its physical formats not being eligible for charts [at the band's request]). This was followed a week later by "Sorry You're Not a Winner/OK Time for Plan B", which charted at number 182 on the singles chart (despite its physical formats being ineligible for charts [at the band's request]) and number 146 in the Download Chart. In addition "Sorry You're Not a Winner/OK Time for Plan B" featured on the EA Sports video game titles NHL 08 and Madden 08. Enter Shikari secured a spot on the Gibson/Myspace stage at 2006's Download Festival.
"Mothership" is the first single by Enter Shikari. It was released as a digital download and a very limited run of 100 cd singles. It was released in August 2006. There was no vinyl released. It was available from their online store and from iTunes. It has been featured as single of the week on the iTunes Store.
The iTunes Store is a software-based online digital media store operated by Apple Inc. that opened on April 28, 2003, as a result of Steve Jobs's push to open a digital marketplace for music.
"Sorry You're Not a Winner" / "OK Time for Plan B" is the first physical single by Enter Shikari and second overall. It was released in 2006. It is available from their online store and from iTunes. The physical release was available on CD and 7" vinyl.
They also had interviews with popular music press such as Kerrang! and Rock Sound . On 4 November 2006, they became only the second unsigned band to ever sell out London Astoria (the first being The Darkness).
They also made the NME's "New Noise 2007", a list of the bands it considers most likely to achieve success in the coming year (previous years lists have included the likes of Arcade Fire, Hot Chip and Bloc Party).
The next single released was "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour", on 5 March 2007. This was the band's second single to be released from their forthcoming debut album. It contained a re-recorded version of the song "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour". It reached 27 in the Official UK chart.
The band released a compilation album titled The Zone just before the debut album, this contained various demo tracks and previously released singles.
The band's debut album, Take to the Skies , was released on 19 March 2007 and on 25 March it reached number 4 in the UK Official Album Charts. It contained re-recordings of many of the songs that had featured on the demo EPs and singles that were released prior to the release of the album.
During the month of March 2007 it was announced they would be playing at Download Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Give it a Name, Glastonbury Festival, Oxegen festival in Ireland and Rock am Ring in Germany. On 30 March 2007, Enter Shikari announced that their next single would be "Jonny Sniper"and would be released on 18 June. The song's video was premiered on 21 May. The single received bad reviews from NME.
Enter Shikari had performed over 500 times by 2007 and played on the Gibson/MySpace stage at 2006's Download Festival. On 14 May 2007, Enter Shikari started their first North America tour. This was followed by three more North American tours.
On 13 May 2008, the band released the first in a series of videos called "Enter Shikari: In the 'Low". The videos, posted on the band's YouTube page, showcased the band as they recorded their new single, "We Can Breathe In Space, They Just Don't Want Us To Escape", and demoed new material. One of the new songs set to feature on the album was 'Step Up', which was first performed at Milton Keynes Pitz on 28 June 2008, the warm up show to Projekt Revolution the following day.
It was confirmed by NME that Enter Shikari had finished working on their second album, Common Dreads , in March 2009 and announced that they would tour the UK and Europe during 2009. They also made available a free download of a new song, Antwerpen, from their website.On 15 April 2009 Juggernauts was played on Radio 1 as Zane Lowe's "Hottest Track in the World" and was released as a single on 1 June 2009. The B-side of the single is "All Eyes On The Saint". The band also had help from musician Danny Sneddon who helped with the recording of Juggernauts. On 1 May Kerrang featured their track-by-track of the album. Metal Hammer were the first to review the album online with a track-by-track.
Common Dreads was released through Ambush Reality on 15 June 2009 and debuted at No. 16 on the UK top 40 album chart. The second single to be released from Common Dreads was "No Sleep Tonight". The 7-inch vinyl, CD single and MP3 download was released on 17 August 2009. A slightly modified version of the song "Wall" was released as a radio single, and a video for the song "Zzzonked", made of clips of a live show played at Norwich UEA, was also released.
A 2-disc version of Common Dreads was released in January 2010.Frontman Rou Reynolds announced that "We’ve got a different artist for each single from Hospital Records to do drum ‘n’ bass remixes so we'll be releasing that as a 12". Then we're doing the same thing with (dubstep label) True Tiger who've done a dubstep remix of each single." However it was later said in a Radio 1 interview that in fact they were only having their main singles remixed.
The new single "Thumper"was released on 19 January 2010, on BBC Radio One, as well as the new single "Tribalism", which was first played on Radio 1 on 16 February 2010. These songs come off the new B-sides and remixes album Tribalism , which was released on 22 February 2010.
Throughout February–March 2010, Enter Shikari joined the Australian summer festival Soundwave along with other bands such as A Day to Remember and Architects, playing shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The band then continued to tour Japan with A Day to Remember and Escape the Fate and in April–May 2010, they served as a support act, along with August Burns Red and Silverstein on A Day to Remember's Toursick.
On 18 and 19 December, Enter Shikari hosted two Christmas Party shows at The Forum in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Special guest supports included Rolo Tomassi, Young Guns, Dark Stares, Don Broco and The Qemists.The audio from the shows was released via the band's limited edition box-set Live from Planet Earth - Bootleg Series Volume 3 .
On 14 June 2010, Enter Shikari announced that they had returned to the studio to do a "one off new track" called "Destabilise" which was released as a download on 26 October 2010, and a limited edition coloured 7-inch vinyl on 29 November 2010.
In June 2011, the band signed to Hopeless Records in the US, and embarked on the Vans Warped Tour for the second year in a row.
In mid-2011, the band released another one-off single called "Quelle Surprise" before releasing the first single, "Sssnakepit" and "Gandhi Mate, Gandhi" in September and December, respectively, off their third album.
The band released A Flash Flood of Colour on 16 January 2012, and played three album release shows in London, Kingston upon Thames, and Leeds.
At the end of the first week of the album being released, the album reached number four in the U.K charts.
Later that year, the band began their first tour of "A Flash Flood of Colour" in February by heading out to Tokyo, Japan for one show, before playing Soundwave Festival, including a couple of 'sideshows' on their off-days.The band continued their tour across the world, travelling to the United States, South Africa, Europe, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Pukkelpop, FM4 Frequency Festival, Sonisphere in Spain, T in the Park, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, and many more, ranging from the end of May to the start of September.
In Summer 2012's Kerrang! Awards, the band scooped 'Best Live Band' for the second time, along with Rou Reynolds winning 'Hero of the Year.' They were also nominated for best album, but lost out to Mastodon.
In November 2012 the band announced the launch of their own beer "Sssnakepit", 5% lager in conjunction with Signature Brew, which was launched in Manchester and sold on the 'A Flash Flood Of Christmas' tour at venues across the UK.
The band were also nominated for Best British Band and Best Live Band at the Kerrang! Awards 2013, but lost out to Bring Me the Horizon and Black Veil Brides respectively.
In April 2013, the band released a "one off" single named "The Paddington Frisk", later announcing that it was part of a then unnamed three track EP due for release later that year ( Rat Race EP ). Later on in 2013, Radiate was released via iTunes. On 5 June 2013, the band announced via their official Twitter that they were recording a video for the new single "Radiate". This was first played by Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 show on 10 June. The song was his Single of the Week.5 months later, Rat Race (the final track of the Rat Race EP) was released, the three tracks were then amalgamated into the Rat Race EP, along with a trance-like remix of Radiate created by Reynold's side project - Shikari Sound System.
The band headed out on an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland throughout April and May, purposefully playing in towns that don't usually get shows, as a thank you to those fans who usually have to travel to larger cities all the time to see bands. Support for the tour was Hacktivist. This tour was the first time the songs "The Paddington Frisk" was played, as well as "Juggernauts" b-side "All Eyes On The Saint" from 2009
In late 2012, bassist Chris Batten said that the band will begin working on their fourth studio album after their current touring has finished sometime in 2013. However, Batten also affirmed that the album would not be ready for release in that year.
On 8 October 2014, the band announced that their fourth album would be titled The Mindsweep , and would be released on 19 January 2015.The album was anticipated by singles "The Last Garrison" and "Anaesthetist". In addition, two tracks were also released between November and December 2014: "Never Let Go of the Microscope" and "Slipshod". On January 12, 2015 they put for the streaming on their website the entire new album. In May 2015 they covered System of a Down's Chop Suey! for Rock Sound's compilation Worship and Tributes, while in June they participated at Ultimate Rock Heroes compilation by Kerrang! with a cover of "Know Your Enemy", originally by Rage Against the Machine. On 30 October they released their first remix album, The Mindsweep: Hospitalised , featuring remixes from drum and bass label Hospital Records artists.
On 12 January 2016, a single called "Redshift" premiered on Annie Mac's show on BBC Radio 1.Another new single called "Hoodwinker" premiered on Daniel P. Carter's show on BBC Radio 1 on 9 October 2016.
On 25 August 2016, the band announced a live album for their February 2016 Alexandra Palace show.It was initially due for release on 4 November 2016, however it was delayed until 18 November 2016 due to manufacturing issues.
On 8 November 2016, Enter Shikari were announced as headliners for Slam Dunk Festival 2017.
On 1 August 2017, Enter Shikari announced a new album to be titled The Spark which came with the release of the single "Live Outside". The album was released on 22 September.
To promote the album, the band toured UK, Europe, Japan, and North America.
The band announced that a pair of limited edition live albums, Take to the Skies. Live in Moscow. May 2017 and Live at Alexandra Palace 2, are to be released in February 2019.
In 2018 the band embarked on an extensive tour of the UK, Europe, and Scandinavia, entitled "Stop the Clocks", during which they performed a new song of the same name.
Enter Shikari's musical style has been variously described as post-hardcore,electronic rock, electronicore (which they are considered to have pioneered), alternative rock, experimental rock, post-rock, and, especially on their early releases, metalcore. It is recognisable for combining rock music (especially punk rock and hardcore punk) with elements of various electronic music genres, including drum and bass, dubstep, techno, electronica and trance. It features breakdowns, heavy metal and hardcore-influenced instrumentation, dub-inspired "wobbles", anthemic choruses, drum and bass tempos and an alternation between sung, screamed (or occasionally growled) and rapped vocals, with all members contributing to vocals.
Enter Shikari's lyrics, written by frontman Rou Reynolds, are often politically charged. In a 2015 interview, Kerrang! Magazine wrote: "With Shikari a rare, political voice on the UK rock scene, Rou remains baffled by bands 'labelling themselves as punk that aren't speaking about anything of importance'. 'To us it's second nature,' he says. 'It's what this music is for. If you take out the social commentary, it's not punk, it's just noisy pop.'" At the same time, Reynolds "[doesn't] care if people don't read the lyrics" and only "appreciate Shikari as a noisy pop group". Although not all of the band's lyrics are political, "even when [Enter Shikari write] a love song, [Reynolds wants] to make sure [they] reclaim the love song from all the shit, vapid love songs on the charts." He also stated that the band's general message is that "if we base our lives around love and unity, then that's all that matters."
Political issues that the band have written about in their lyrics include — climate change and the misuse of natural resources, Donald Trump's presidency of the United States, the use of nuclear weapons and the United Kingdom's Trident nuclear programme,the privatisation of the UK's National Health Service, and capitalism.
Enter Shikari's lyrics have also centred around more personal themes throughout their career, such as lead singer Rou Reynolds' anxiety, depression, mental illness, self-pity and the loss of a loved one or idolised celebrity figure. Their album The Spark in particular delves more into personal issues within the band, with Reynolds stating in an interview with The Independent , regarding lyrical themes: "What I was trying to do with this album in marrying the personal and the political is to ensure that human vulnerability is laid bare, and to not be afraid to speak about emotions." He elaborates by stating that "I don’t think I could have done it [writing more personal lyrics] before this record. So much happened over those two years [since the release of their previous album], globally and in my personal life, so before. I was kind of comfortable. I have a very finely attuned cringe muscle, I don’t like writing about things that have been written about a thousand times. Some of it is maybe even a self-confidence thing, feeling as though I don’t have much to offer in terms of art that helps other people. But seeing as 2015 was the year of hell for me, it wasn’t just that I wanted to write a more personal record, I had to. There was no way of not doing it.”
In an interview following the release of A Flash Flood of Colour , guitarist Rory Clewlow stated that the band's influences are numerous, but include Refused, the Prodigy, At the Drive-In, Sick of It All, Rage Against the Machine, the Beatles, Igor Stravinsky and The Dillinger Escape Plan, and that "most of [their] sound was originally developed through going to see local acts in and around [their] home town."
Rou Reynolds has cited British pop music from the 20th century as being a major influence on his songwriting, particularly on their album The Spark, with The Beatles, The Damned, Joy Division and New Order being key influences on him.
Ambush Reality is an independent record label owned by Enter Shikari. Although originally it was exclusively for the release of Enter Shikari's albums and songs, on 21 July 2014the band announced via Facebook and Twitter they were releasing a song by Nottingham hardcore band Baby Godzilla (now known as Heck). Formed in July 2006, it is co-owned and run by the members of the band and their friends. The band has decided that, in order to tour in the United States, they had to sign with a major record label in America. On 28 August 2007, Ambush Reality said that Take to the Skies came out in North America in October 2007, with Ambush Reality joining Interscope Records imprint Tiny Evil. Ambush Reality signed a distribution deal with Warner Music in order to make the album Common Dreads and future releases more accessible outside the UK and also more widely advertised and promoted. As of 8 December 2010 Enter Shikari / Ambush Reality have left distribution through Warner and will distribute throughout UK/Europe/Japan/Australia via PIAS Entertainment Group. As of 21 June 2011, Enter Shikari's releases in North America will be via independent record label Hopeless Records.
Reynolds has produced music as part of a side project with the name "Rout",which he sometimes performs in small venues and before shows. He previously used the names "Shark & Blitz" and "Routron 5000". The music develops on his penchant for electronics, resulting in a drum and bass/jungle/dubstep sound. Some songs feature samples of Rou and friends fooling around as well as iconic lines from movies or songs. His most recent EP, released for ActionAid, features samples from ActionAid's project work in Ghana.
Rolfe also DJs under the moniker "Sgt. Rolfy", regularly playing slots at the band's aftershow parties. He plays a range of sounds, including trance, drum & bass, dubstep and even classical and parody tunes too.
Clewlow recently released his first remix, simply as "Rory C", for Don Broco's track "Priorities", from their new record.
Reynolds has also set up his own clothing company, Step Up Clothing.
On 25 April 2013 the band announced a side project called Shikari Sound System, an alter-ego of the group. The band announced it on their Facebook page straight after they had been announced to play at Reading and Leeds Festival during the summer.Frontman Rou assured fans on his Twitter page that it would be "The same 4 scallywags but playing a live dance set". Shikari Sound System played their debut set at The Reading and Leeds festivals. Shikari Sound System were announced for Slam Dunk Festival on the 24 February 2016.
Rou Reynolds produced a book named 'Dear Future Historians', featuring lyrics from the band's work.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2006||Enter Shikari||Kerrang! Awards 2006: Best British Newcomer||Nominated|
|2007||NME Awards 2007: John Peel Award for Musical Innovation||Won|
|Kerrang! Awards 2007: Spirit of Independence||Won|
|Kerrang! Awards 2007: Best Live Band||Won|
|Kerrang! Awards 2007: Best British Band||Nominated|
|"Sorry You're Not a Winner"||Kerrang! Awards 2007: Best Single||Nominated|
|Take to the Skies||Kerrang! Awards 2007: Best Album||Nominated|
|Enter Shikari||BT Digital Awards: Breakthrough Artist of the Year||Won|
|2009||Kerrang! Awards 2009: Best Live Band||Nominated|
|2010||Kerrang! Awards 2010: Best British Band||Nominated|
|2012||Kerrang! Awards 2012: Best Live Band||Won|
|A Flash Flood of Colour||Kerrang! Awards 2012: Best Album||Nominated|
|Rou Reynolds||Kerrang! Awards 2012: Hero of the Year||Won|
|Enter Shikari||AIM Awards: Hardest Working Band||Nominated|
|AIM Awards 2012: Best Live Band||Nominated|
|A Flash Flood of Colour||AIM Awards 2012: Independent Album of the Year||Won|
|2013||Enter Shikari||AIM Awards 2012: Best Live Band||Won|
|Kerrang! Awards 2013: Best Live Band||Nominated|
|Kerrang! Awards 2013: Best British Band||Nominated|
|NME Awards 2013: Best Fan Community||Nominated|
|2015||"Anaesthetist"||Kerrang! Awards 2015: Best Single||Won|
|Enter Shikari||Kerrang! Awards 2015: Best British Band||Nominated|
|The Mindsweep||AIM Awards 2015: Independent Album of the Year||Won|
|2016||Enter Shikari||Kerrang! Awards 2016: Best British Band||Nominated|
|2017||Heavy Music Awards 2017: Best Live Band||Won|
|2018||The Spark||Kerrang! Awards 2018: Best Album||Won|
"Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour..." is the second physical single, and third overall, by Enter Shikari and the second single to be released from their debut album Take to the Skies. It was released on 18 February 2007 for digital download and on 5 March 2007 on both CD and 7" Vinyl. Currently it is the band's highest charting single, charting at #27 in the UK single chart, and number 1 on the UK indie chart. There are two remixes of the song, Colon Open Bracket Remix and Grayedout Mix. Both are up for download on their official download store.
Take to the Skies is the debut studio album by British rock band Enter Shikari. It is the first album to achieve a significant chart success for a new act operating outside the traditional label system after selling 200,000 copies worldwide.
"Jonny Sniper" was the third physical single, and fourth overall, by Enter Shikari and the third single to be released from their debut album Take to the Skies. The band have referred to the single as a "double a-side", possibly due to the positive response to "Kickin' Back on the Surface of Your Cheek", the b-side from the previous single.
Common Dreads is the second studio album by English rock band Enter Shikari released on 15 June 2009 and 16 June in the US. Recording of the album took place in late 2008–2009. The album was produced and mixed by Andy Gray at Arreton Manor. Guitar production was carried out by Dan Weller of WellerHill and the band SikTh.
Enter Shikari are a British rock band formed in 2003. Their debut album, Take to the Skies, was released on 19 March 2007 and reached number 4 in the UK Albums Chart. The album was later certified Gold. Their second album, titled Common Dreads, was released on 15 June 2009 and peaked at number 16. Their third studio album A Flash Flood of Colour was released on 16 January 2012 and debuted at number 4. Their fourth studio album The Mindsweep was released on 19 January 2015 to critical acclaim.
"Destabilise" is a single by British band Enter Shikari, released as an iTunes exclusive download on 26 October 2010 and as a limited coloured 7" Vinyl on 29 November 2010 in the UK and Europe. The track was recorded in the summer of 2010 to be released as a "one off single". After recording the track, the band went on to numerous tours including Warped Tour and a tour of Australia. After Warped Tour, the band recorded the music video for the track before their Australian tour. The band performed the track at multiple festivals and UK Shows including the Reading and Leeds Festivals and at their Preston show, both of which they posted on their YouTube channel. On 21 October 2010 the band announced the release date for the single on their website and that there would be a limited 7" Vinyl featuring the track and live favourite Motherstep/Mothership recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo in February. Only 500 were manufactured, approx 350 were sold into UK indie record stores and the remainder held back for the launch of the band's new webstore a few days after release. Motherstep/Mothership was released in the United States as a standalone single on 17 December 2010.
A Flash Flood of Colour World Tour was a concert tour by rock band Enter Shikari, which took place through 2012 and 2013, in support of the band's third studio album A Flash Flood of Colour, released on 16 January 2012. The tour supersedes the world tour that the band embarked on to support Common Dreads throughout 2009 and 2010. A Flash Flood of Colour was recorded in Bangkok, Thailand, between 8 May–14 June 2011.
A Flash Flood of Colour is the third studio album by English rock band Enter Shikari, and was produced by Dan Weller. The album was recorded in May and June 2011 at Karma Sound Studios in Bang Saray, Thailand, and at the Fortress in London, United Kingdom. It was released internationally on 16 January 2012 by Ambush Reality, the band's record label in the United Kingdom, and Hopeless Records in North America.
"Radiate" is a single by British rock band Enter Shikari. The song was first played on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio One show on the evening of 10 June 2013 and was his single of the week. The single peaked at #79 on the UK Singles Chart on 22 June 2013.
"Thumper" is a single by British band Enter Shikari from their 2010 compilation album Tribalism. It was released on 12 February 2010 on iTunes.
Live in London. W6. March 2012 - Bootleg Series Volume 4 is the fourth album in English rock band Enter Shikari's official live bootleg series. The album was recorded during the band's A Flash Flood of Colour World Tour, in London's Hammersmith Apollo in March 2012. The audio was released on LP and digital download, and the entire video of the concert was released as a double DVD, with the bonus DVD also featured a previous warm-up concert performed in a bar also in London. A limited edition digital EP of the same show was released on iTunes, entitled Live in London W5 EP.
The Mindsweep is the fourth studio album by English rock band Enter Shikari, released on 19 January 2015 through Ambush Reality, PIAS Recordings and Hopeless Records. It was recorded in 2014 with producer Dan Weller.
"Rat Race" is a single by British rock band Enter Shikari. The song was first played on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio One show on the evening of 31 October 2013. The single was released with a remix of the song Radiate by Enter Shikari's alter ego Shikari Sound System. The band also released an EP, which compiled the two previous singles "The Paddington Frisk" and "Radiate".
"The Last Garrison" is the first single taken from the fourth studio album by British rock band Enter Shikari, The Mindsweep. The song was first played on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 20 October 2014, while the single was released on iTunes and Spotify on the same day.
"Anaesthetist" is the second single taken from the album The Mindsweep by British band Enter Shikari. The song was first played on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 5 January 2015. An official video for the song directed by Mike Tyler was released on YouTube later the same day.
The Mindsweep: Hospitalised is a remix album by English rock band Enter Shikari, released on 30 October 2015. It featured remixes from drum and bass London-based label Hospital Records artists of songs taken from the band's fourth studio album The Mindsweep.
"Redshift" is a single by British band Enter Shikari. The song was first played on BBC Radio 1 on 11 January 2016 and released as a digital single the day after. An official video for the song directed by Mike Tyler was released on YouTube the same day.
The Spark is the fifth studio album by English rock band Enter Shikari, released on 22 September 2017 through Ambush Reality and PIAS Recordings. It was recorded in Northamptonshire in early 2017.
...Enter Shikari reveal their very own sssnakepit beer..
English post-hardcore band known for its dynamic live show and D.I.Y. business sense.
...Britain’s most explosive post-hardcore act Enter Shikari head to Australia for their first ever headline tour! Boasting a genre-smashing sound that melds punk, hardcore, electronica, dubstep, drum’n’bass and rock into the one frenzied package, Enter Shikari took their native UK by storm with their gold-selling debut, Take To The Skies .
...electronic rock titans Enter Shikari have announced their biggest UK tour to date in support of their fourth album The Mindsweep.
Though Enter Shikari were employing the same kind of hard dance synth presets like any other electronicore act, their ace-in-the-hole back in their earlier years was taking the then-esoteric sound of dubstep and putting it into their music, making them innovators as much as oddballs of the hardcore scene.
One could say [Enter Shikari] somewhat started and transformed the electronicore scene, going strong since 2003. Seemingly ahead of their time, it wasn’t until 2008 when the band really started to take off and gain a large fan base here in the US as well.
Having finely tuned their set to become one of the best live British alternative-rock bands today, it began to feel like it was all or nothing for [Enter Shikari's] fourth release, The Mindsweep.
Side B [of the 7” vinyl] contains an ‘ambient noise mix’ featuring tumbleweed, chirping seagulls and dripping taps. [It] has been remixed by Rou Reynolds of experimental rock band Enter Shikari...
[The Mindsweep is the] fourth studio long-player from the hard-hitting, shape-shifting English post-rockers with a penchant for dabbling in dubstep, trance, and drum and bass...
[Enter Shikari] were the first to release a metalcore album [(Take to the Skies)] that could also pass as a respectable techno effort.
Produced by former Sikth guitarist Dan Weller, the album hardly sits still for one minute, lurching from demonic metal to industrial dubstep ("Arguing with Thermometers") from trippy electronica to blistering air guitar prog ("Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here") and from wobble-heavy drum'n'bass to rabble-rousing punk ("Sssnakepit") in an appropriately blatant disregard for convention.