British post-hardcore band, Enter Shikari are back in Australia this September and, hearing from frontman Rou Reynolds, they seem just as pleased to be back as we are to have them. After dropping their new single, ‘The Redshift’ earlier in the year, the group are touring the country and plan to revisit music from all of their albums. Rou says they aim to produce a well-rounded set with dynamic additions to the set list, including some live remixes from their awaited two disc album, Live at Alexandra Place—due to drop on the 4th of November. Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane are unfortunately restricted to an 18+ audience, whereas the Adelaide show is all ages. The tour will host fellow British band, Hacktivist with their djent sound, as well as Sydney metalcore group, Stories after their debut into the metal scene with LP, The Youth To Become.
Being a British band, Enter Shikari posted a statement on their Facebook page talking about the climate of the UK following the Brexit vote. Rou describes the atmosphere around Britain as a frustrating and concerning time. “I’m not one of these people who see the EU as perfect—I think there’s a lot wrong with it. But we need to stay in it to rectify the situations, not just abandon it,” Rou says. “I feel a lot of pressure, as well,” Rou laughs. “People have been saying ‘oh, Enter Shikari are going to have such a good album with all this Brexit stuff.’ There’s a lot of expectation.”
On the topic of new music, Rou admits a new album is on the cards after the tour and Brexit will most likely inspire some of their writing. “I’m sure there will be lots of things like that, that will be translated into lyrics on the new album…there’s a new direction—lots of new, exciting things.”
Enter Shikari’s Live at Alexandra Place will be out on the 4th of November, then the guys will be back in the studio by February with the release of their sixth album expected by late 2017.
You can catch Enter Shikari on tour in Australia:
Melbourne: Monday 19th September – 170 Russell (18 +)
Brisbane: Tuesday 20th September – The Triffid (18+)
Sydney: Wednesday 21st September– Metro Theatre (18+)
Adelaide: Thursday 22nd September – The Gov (AA)
Perth: Saturday 24th September– Metropolis (18+)
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