5 Questions with Enter Shikari


By: @brentXmendoza

Closing in on ten years of politically conscious, genre defying musical anarchy, Enter Shikari is set to invade The Sunset Strip once again when they perform here on Saturday, March 23.

Since the release of last year’s critically acclaimed A Flash Flood of Colour, the band has been touring nonstop spreading their progressive global message while collectively kicking post-hardcore musical ass on stages across the world.

It’s been a little over a year since the release of A Flash Flood of Colour, an album whose lyrics seem to focus primarily on issues surrounding the current global recession. Do you think we’ve made any economic progress over the past year?

Well, how long have you got? I think the fundamental problems are the fact that our economic system is completely unsustainable and inefficient. First of all the obvious point, capitalism relies on infinite growth and we live on a finite planet. It falls at the first hurdle! There ain’t no planet B as they say!

It’s also a system that relies on cyclical consumption, a constant cycle of production and consumption. But this hasn’t taken into account the exponential advancement of technology and therefore technological unemployment. The more people that become unemployed as machines take over mind-numbing jobs, the smaller the amount of people that have purchasing power… We need a system that allows humans to reach their true creative potential and to not be stuck in a soul destroying repetitive ball-ache of a job that a simple bit of machinery could do!

The band has quite an eclectic mix of very cleverly crafted song titles. Which of your song titles are you most proud of? What’s the story behind it?

Thank you! “Fanfare for the Conscious Man” is probably a proud one for me. I used to play with my dad’s vinyl when I was a kid and “Fanfare for the Common Man” was always a favorite. I like to think I brought the grandiose nature of that old track into the fury of our song.

Other ones with a narrative or history to the actual titles themselves would be “Return To Energiser,” which is the command heard in many laser tag places when you need to reload.

Thoughts on the current dubstep trend/craze?

Indifferent I guess… There was a point where I became slightly frustrated at the way the “mainstream” had gotten hold of it, but that’s the trouble with any new hyped underground genre—as soon as labels and artists see a dollar sign on it they’ll dive in and dilute it or just plain murder it. We were lucky enough to see dubstep grow from its very roots—living here in London—and many of its classier artists still influence us to this day.

The band’s been touring pretty much constantly since January of last year. Looking forward to taking some time off? What’s next?

Yes this summer should be great fun: a bit of writing, some festivals and some time at home. The best of all worlds in comfortably sized doses! After the festival season, we’ll be gearing up to get back in the studio for whatever comes next!

Are you more “at home” on the road than when you are actually at home? What’s the one creature comfort you miss the most?

Weare comfortable with being on the road, but if you’re away for longer than a few months it really does begin to grind you down—mainly because you miss your family and friends. And I do miss my mum’s cooking [laughter]!

Bonus Question: Can we all finally come to an agreement that “color” is best spelled the American way sans “u?”

Well to be honest we’re both wrong I reckon… The logical way to spell it would surely be “culler,” but that’s our confused English language for you!

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Q&A with Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds

By: @brentXmendoza

Tomorrow, massive UK electronicore outfit Enter Shikari hits the stage here at The Roxy Theatre. Seamlessly fusing hardcore metal, punk, electronica, trance, and all other forms of synthetic noisemaking—these four lads from across the pond, have been ruling the charts back home with their recently released third record A Flash Flood of Colour.

Before the band storms The Sunset Strip, get the advance plan of attack from front man Rou Reynolds as he discusses cryptic song titles, aggressive mediocrity, and the nuances of UK vs. US English.

With the new album, the band currently seems to be enjoying massive mainstream success in the UK. What do you think is the secret to breaking through in the States? How do the two music cultures differ?

I don’t think there’s a cultural disparity between the UK and the States in regards to music. So all we can do is repeat what we did in the UK, and hope it works for us again. That means just growing organically, taking every show we get, and playing each show like it’s our last.

That’s what we’ve been doing the past few years playing support tours, and Warped Tour, but to be honest we’ve never had any huge aspirations with this band. We care about people that support us, but don’t have any cliché plans for ‘world domination” or anything.

When we look at the magazine front covers here, the bands that seem to have huge mainstream success appear to be rather mediocre. There’s certainly a will to become middle of the road, and sound like your favourite bands and that’s it! That doesn’t interest us.

The band seems to enjoy lengthy, cryptic song titles (e.g., “Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide”). What’s the general process for naming your tunes?

There’s no real process to be honest. Just whatever feels right, whatever concludes or reifies the vibe of the track.

A Flash Flood of Colour is the band’s third full length release. How do you feel your musical style has changed/progressed over the course of your career thus far?

I guess it’s just been constantly evolving… I’m very interested in a wide variety of music, and will always try to subsume any new music that I enjoy into our sound. It keeps it fresh and interesting for us, and keeps us pushing ourselves. I think as we’ve grown, we’ve become more confident in trying to achieve that, and not holding back with experimentation.

Everyone knows that the proper way to spell “colour” is the U.S. way, minus the “u.” What other cultural nuances do you find intriguing here in the States?
Ha! Yeh, yeh, yeh… ‘course it is!

Well everything from the food, to the cars and highways is just a hell of a lot bigger. And everything’s louder, and in your face. But other than that, there really isn’t that much difference. Although you guys don’t have any castles… That sucks. Build some castles dangit!

If any member of the band were to unfortunately be taken down in some sort of electronicore feud, would you consider replacing them with a hologram and continue touring? Which member of the band would look best in hologram form? Would they still get an honorary bunk on the tour bus?

Ha! Definitely. We’re not far away from having interactive holograms available to us as well, so we’d certainly embrace that. Chris (bassist Chris Batten) is the most photogenic I reckon so I’d nominate him as most likely to translate to holographic form best.
And I suppose the equipment used to generate him would need to be stored somewhere, so that could take up his bunk space.


Tickets for Wednesday’s show are available via Ticketweb.