I first saw Enter Shikari in early 2006, in a small semi-full pub in Bath when they were young, raw and brimming with their now trademark on stage energy. I left not really knowing what had hit me, but absolutely buzzing from the experience and extremely keen to see them again. A year later, their debut album “Take To The Skies” was released to critical acclaim reaching the heights of #4 in the UK album chart and booming the St. Albans quartet past the small UK hardcore scene and into the world of big festivals and mainstream radio play.
“A Flash Flood Of Colour” is the third offering from the Hertfordshire boys, and brings things the majority of bands wouldn’t dream of to the table. With lyrics fuelled by current matters such as the failing Eurozone, economic destruction and riots in the cities of their homeland, Rou Reynolds and his very English vocals lead the way through a mashup of dubstep inspired drops, punk rock energy and metal guitars that have divided the bands own fans not to mention the wider musical audience. Enter Shikari have always had that element of dance in their music, but this has caught fire and spread with the swelling popularity of dubstep both at home and Stateside. It’s addition to the bands well known heavy sound was always going to come under criticism from rock purists, but in my opinion (and luckily, that’s what matters in this corner of the internet) it really works. I have never listened to dubstep before in my life, turning the radio either off or down when it makes its frequent visits onto our airwaves but with this album I didn’t once find myself cringing or turning down the volume. It just fits, and magnificently at that.
This musical adventure is an advance on 2009’s “Common Dreads” on which the band urged listeners to “unite” on the opening track and began to touch on worldwide issues, “A Flash Flood Of Colour” expands this message even further yet despite the mass of warnings the band keep their positivism with Reynolds scream of “this is such exciting times to be alive”, constantly challenging the listeners to stand up, fight against the meltdown and ultimately, survive. This is a message that needs to be delivered, and even more than that, heard and heeded. These are indeed difficult times for anyone who doesn’t have a fat HSBC bonus to come home to, but surely life is more exciting when everything isn’t easy? I for one, and by the sounds of it Enter Shikari too, damn well think so.
Find details of the album and the band at http://www.entershikari.com