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Band Spotlight: Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari

Often imitated but never duplicated, Enter Shikari have been on the road nonstop wowing crowds with their unique blend of post-hardcore and electronica. The U.K. band will kick off their U.S. headlining tour this Friday in Houston, Texas. I had a chance to speak with bassist Chris Battan about their recent tours, new music video and future plans.


1) The band recently went on tour with A Day To Remember and August Burns Red. How was that like?

It was amazing, I think every band on the toured agreed. Obviously we're so thankful to adtr and abr for taking us out with them. Those guys play to lot of people and it was a great experience for us to be so far away from home and be able to play to so many people. We followed this tour with warped tour and had some great responses, thanks to these guys we're now heading back to the states for our first proper US headline tour. We definately owe those dudes a drink or 5. Lovely guys too.


2) The band just played their first Warped Tour. What was that experience like?

It was insane... So much fun! It's a strange situation for us as it's not really like any European festival. You find out what time you play on the morning of the show and it's constantly changing... U have to be on your toes! When the day is done though, you're left with a hundred or so bands all hanging out drinking together... What could be more fun? We met a lot of friends.


3) The band is heading out on tour with Haste the Day. How excited is the band about that?

Yeh it's gonna be great hitting the road with them. We don't know the guys so we're excited about getting to know them. The shows should be real fun and hopefully the people attending the show are as excited about it as we are.


4) How was the music video shoot for the song "Destabilise"? Do you know when the music video will come out?

The video shoot was real fun actually. It was kind of a last minute thing so it was just us and an old friend who did some of our early days videos (anything can happen in the next half hour is probably the most accessable), and a camera. We had a lot of ideas about how we wanted to shoot it and use lots of innovative ideas when it came to the actual shooting. It was fun being more involved in the actual producing and directing... We're looking forward to seeing the first edit. It should be out within the next month.


5) Will there be a new album in the future?

Yeh!! We start wring early next year and hope to release it next autumn (fall).


6) Will the band incorporate more dubstep in the future?

Who knows! We've never been a band to sit on one sound. We always like to push ourselves in the studio and try to write music that not only stands out and keeps people on their toes, but music that also excites us and pushes the boundaries. We're all heavily influenced by dubstep and dance music in general, so I'm sure there'll be influences of it.


                      Music video for "Zzzonked"


7) What kind of gear does (ES lead vocalist) Rou use for live shows?

Rou uses a lot of different electronics. We run ableton live which encorporates a korg electribe, kaoss pad and normally a midi keyboard, all running through a onstage mixer which he also uses effects and filters on.


8) How is touring in the USA different than touring in the UK?

The shows aren't really that different, in terms of how people react... There's just a general love for live music where ever u go in the world. The main difference really is just the size of the states compared to the UK n how drastically it changes throughout, alongside the kind of music people like. Country music is massive in the states but we don't get nearly as much of it in the UK. But also hardcore and more alternative music is also a lot more accepted in the states.


9) What are some of your favorite bands from the UK?

Jeez how long u got? I'll give u a couple. Your demise, the king blues, the qemists, getcapewearcapefly, the prodigy... To name a few.


10) What bands would you love to tour with in the future?

Um well we're all big radiohead fans so we'd love to be able to play with them. I don't think that'll happen though. I can't see radiohead fans being too happy with us as a support band.


11) Is there anything that you'd like to say to your U.S. fans?

Thanks for all the support, the fans are the reason we get to do what we love.


Catch Enter Shikari on tour next month with Haste The Day!

Reader Comments (2)

Cool interview. These guys are solid live.
September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB.
once I banged this chick who kept going on and on about how awesome this band was. Never even checked them out, haha. I'm going to do so now.
September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
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