Enter Shikari on new album and touring America
ENTER Shikari release a live CD/DVD package partly filmed in Hatfield next month. The Welwyn Hatfield Times caught up with the St Albans band ahead of the release of Live From Planet Earth.
FOUR rock stars from Hertfordshire head to Thailand for three weeks. It has all the hallmarks of a scene from the latest Hangover Part II movie.
However, Enter Shikari’s Rob Rolfe says the trip was anything but a hedonistic holiday. This was work.
The St Albans quartet headed to the Far East to record the follow-up to Common Dreads, the dance/metal crossover outfit’s hugely successful second album.
Rob’s response to why they chose Thailand as opposed to, say hometown St Albans, was simple.
Enter Shikari 2011 UK tour dates
WED 05: Norwich – UEA
THUR 06: Oxford – 02 Academy
FRI 07: Manchester – Ritz
SAT 08: Liverpool – 02 Academy
MON 10: Dublin – Academy
TUE 11: Belfast – Mandela Hall
THUR 13: Glasgow – Barrowlands
FRI 14: Newcastle – 02 Academy
SAT 15: Birmingham – 02 Academy
SUN 16: Sheffield – 02 Academy
TUE 18: Bristol – 02 Academy
WED 19: London – Electric Ballroom
THUR 20: London – Electric Ballroom
SAT 22: Portsmouth – Pyramids
MON 24: Cardiff – Coal Exchange
TUE 25: Nottingham – Rock City
“Well the heat would be the first and probably most obvious difference.”
He continued: “Getting away to the middle of nowhere really helps you clear your mind and focus on the music.
“We spent most of the time in the studio to be honest, everyone always says ‘watch out for the lady boys’ but we weren’t there for all the debauchery a lot of people experience when they go on a holiday there.”
However, he added: “We did take a day off to go fishing though, and managed to catch a shark and a ray that we ate the day after!”
As for how the long-awaited third studio album is progressing, Rob replies: “Fantastically. It sounds better than we could have expected it to.
“I think all of us have been on form with being in the right frame of mind, using great equipment and all of us are very excited about the music we’re producing, which is very important.
“We’re just putting the finishing touches on it as I type this.”
Oh yes, because of the band’s hectic schedule – Rob and fellow band members Rou Reynolds, Rory Clewlow and Chris Batten are now crossing America on the mammoth Vans Warped Tour – the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ ‘interview’ had to be conducted via email.
And drummer Rob isn’t giving too many details away about the new tracks on the as-yet-untitled third album in his answers.
“We haven’t actually got any names [to the songs] yet, we usually have a look through all the lyrics after and see what pops out at us.
“Haven’t got a release date either, you’ll just have to keep an eye out.
“We don’t want to rush it, there’s a lot of touring we’ve got coming up.
“What I can tell you is that it sounds mahoosive. We’ve got some giant synths, gut-busting bass lines, ear-shattering guitar riffs and feet-stomping beats.”
Despite Rob’s enthusiasm for the new material, US audiences are unlikely to get a sneak preview over the coming weeks.
Of the two-month Vans Warped jaunt, which started in Dallas last Friday, Rob said: “I think it’s going to be great.
“I wasn’t able to make it last year but we’re doing the full stretch this year so I’m getting the full experience.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the tour, mostly that it’s a lot of hard work for the bands but also a lot of fun and well worth doing.
“The Americans go crazy at shows. Our audiences aren’t as big as they are over here just yet but the enthusiasm is overwhelming.”
He adds: “I’m sure we’ll be gagging to play some of the new stuff we’ve just recorded but as it won’t have been released, we’ll have to hold back with those.
“I’m sure our last two singles, Destabilise and Quelle Surprise, will be on the set list.”
When they return from the States, the Herts foursome are playing the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals on the same days as Muse – and fellow St Albans band Friendly Fires.
Rob adds: “We’re just going to go and show everyone exactly who we are and what we can do, no rivalry with anyone, music isn’t a competition.”