Words by Eleanor Sutcliffe
Enter Shikari sure have been busy this year. Following their previous, sold out, European tour they performed a number of shows across the UK in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Take to the Skies – including a high profile show at this year’s Slam Dunk festival. The band also released their latest album, The Spark, in September – proceeded by their single ‘Live Outside’ in August. Well received by their fans, and dubbed by NME as ‘a Biffy Clyro style crossover classic’, Enter Shikari’s newest release is taking the alternative music scene somewhat by storm.
And why not. Enter Shikari’s angsty, emotional lyrics and uniquely heavy, electronic sound have always hit home with fans, but never as much as now. With Brexit looming, Enter Shikari’s politically-fuelled lyrics have become a lifeline to fans who are struggling to cope with these tumulus times.
Tracks such as ‘Take My Country Back’ scream lines such as “Now look what we’ve done to ourselves, We’ve really gone and fucked it this time”, proclaiming unity as being the best option for the country. For a generation who feel that politically their views are lost and ignored, tracks and lyrics such as these hit home.
And whilst Take to the Skies has always been seen as the Enter Shikari’s masterpiece, it may be time for The Spark to take its place. This tour has been long awaited by fans, and is set to be a sell out across the UK.
‘Take My Country Back’ – Enter Shikari (recorded at Paste Studios, New York)
Enter Shikari perform at Arena Birmingham on Friday 24th November, with support from Lower Than Atlantis and Astroid Boys – as presented by DHP Family. For direct gig info, including venue details and online tickets sales, click here.
For more on Enter Shikari, visit www.entershikari.com
For more on Lower Than Atlantis, visit www.lowerthanatlantis.co
For more on Astroid Boys, visit www.astroid-boys.com
For more from Arena Birmingham, including full event listings and online ticket sales, visit www.arenabham.co.uk
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