I was lucky to sit down with frontman Rou Reynolds moments after he left the stage after their sound check for a chat about the tour, his sleep deprivation (which has been plaguing him since he landed) and how Enter Shikari are one of the very few bands who have had to ability to top every album they’ve put out with every. From 2007’s Take to the Skies through to 2012’s A Flash Flood of Colour they’ve kept working hard to produce albums they are all completely happy with, hence why it takes a few years between releases. Their latest offering The Mindsweep is by far their best to date (even though it has one of the hardest to pronouce song titles I’ve ever laid eyes and ears on). All that and more was discussed with Rou so if you’re a fan or just discovering them for the first time, get nestled in because you’ll be joining them for the long haul. Until next time, rock the fuck out! Browny (nypaul).
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
We talked to Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari about the band’s latest release The Spark. A lot of the album is about adversity and periods of adversity and the spark– something that could be very small and insignificant can form something very significant. It’s almost like the crack of light at the end of the tunnel. It sounds like your music is really resonating with your fans, and they’re drawing their own conclusions. What is it that you’d want, or rather hope, your listeners take from this album? Once it’s made, it’s kind of like a gift and it becomes– whoever is listening to it– theirs. They immerse themselves into it and put their own meanings behind some things.