I am eager to share with you the musical creations of Enter Shikari. I have been following this band since 2007 when their album Take to the Skies was released and I have been hooked on them ever since. I have seen them live on three separate occasions – and hopefully many more to come! I still listen to them on a weekly basis and am always excited to see what they may come out with next.
Enter Shikari is a band from England. Their music contains a variety of genres such as post-hardcore, electronicore, alternative rock, experimental rock, etc. They are pleasing to the ear and play theatrical and visionary concerts. I highly recommend experiencing their live music! Unfortunately as the band resides in England, they do not travel to the US as often as their American fans would prefer; but you can catch them a music festivals more often than a headlining tour – so keep an eye out for future dates!
Aside from their musical talents, Enter Shikari offers an interesting outlook on the world around us, specifically in politics. Their wisely chosen lyrics contain messages that ask their audience to both think and take action. For example, take their song Gandhi Mate, Gandhi from their 2012 album titled A Flash Flood of Colour. The song begins with singer Rou Reynolds going on a rant about how things work in this world and our seemingly unjust way of life. The following lyrics is a small portion of the rant, but it will provide you with an idea of how strongly the group feels about the subject –
“Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the primary purpose of your life, of my life, and the entirety of the human race is just to blindly consume to support a failing economy and a faulty system for ever and ever until we run out of every resource and have to resort to blowing each other up to ensure our own survival.”
I find it interesting to pay attention to a group like this because they are informative and are actively seeking to better the future of our nations. They embrace the opportunity to reach out to fans regarding social, economic, and political policies and events. Enter Shikari’s music is influenced by the news or current events, but also what personally happens to each band member. Reynolds recently opened up about some personal issues such as insomnia and panic attacks, and explained that from his experience, the English NHS, like many other similar health programs, is underfunded. He hopes this changes in the future, and the band has the power to make a difference.
Enter Shikari fans rally together at every concert. They have similar mindsets, and they share a bond not found between fans at other shows. While their fans enjoy the music in itself, they understand and work together to educate themselves and alter the future for the better. Enter Shikari and their fans continue to be public about their anti-political feelings, and they will be heard.
Today, I ask you to listen to Enter Shikari and take note of their urges for our future. Truly listen to the lyrics and understand their message. Stand up for yourself and your neighbors, and work together to better our future!