February 2013: “fresh” from completing a comprehensive tour of mainland Europe which saw the band playing and subsequently selling out some of the largest continental shows of their career thus far, Enter Shikari lock themselves away in Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire with producer Dan Weller (previously in the chair for the band’s 2012 UK top 5 and end-of-year poll shattering album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’) armed with a bag full of demo sketches and no remit other than pleasing themselves. The completed three tracks, even in their rough mix form, show a band pushing their already unique sound even further; distilling their art into an ever purer state of ‘Enter Shikari-ness’, prompting @danweller to take to Twitter to proclaim the results as the best work the band has ever produced.
March 2013: the sessions are whisked to the other side of the planet to where Australia producer, mixer, two-time ARIA award nominee, Forrester Savell (Karnivool / Dead Letter Circus) begins mixing two of the tracks. Meanwhile, in an unassuming film studio in north east London, Enter Shikari and director Jamie Korn set to work shooting a music video worthy of its soundtrack.
April 2013: on the eve of a month-long tour of the UK, the band will release the first fruits of their previous two month’s endeavours. Entitled “The Paddington Frisk” (the name given to the ‘dance’ performed by the twitching bodies of poor wretches fighting for life as they hung from the gallows at Tyburn), the first track to be unveiled ventures to the less frequently heard extremes of the Shikari sound, as the band call upon the hardcore-punk-rooted corner of their influences to deliver a short, sharp shock that once again establishes their position as a band impossible to second guess and unwilling to be pinned down.
In a landscape where “UK rock” has become increasingly competitive, leading a majority of its brightest lights to edge ever closer to the middle of the road in their attempts to grasp the brass ring, Enter Shikari once again take the only sensible option and veer sharply off-road altogether, mapping their own path and kicking up far too much dust to make it even worth looking behind to see if anyone’s following. “The Paddington Frisk” will be let loose on the evening on Thursday 4th April via iTunes, YouTube and www.entershikari.com
May 2013 : as an aside, and looking ever so slightly further into the future, the CD + DVD set “Live At The Barrowland. Bootleg Series Vol.5” will be released during this merry merry month of May. As the name would suggest, this is the fifth in an ongoing series of limited edition live releases made available directly from the band’s webstore. This edition was recorded and filmed at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom during Enter Shikari’s Dec 2012 “A Flash Flood Of Xmas” tour. Preorders start any day now.
LIVE SHOWS; also on the 4th of April, the band embark on their second UK tour in the space of four months. The ‘Return To Energiser 2013’ tour is a month-long jaunt, focussing for the most part (a couple of notable exceptions) on towns and cities that do not often find themselves troubled by rock tours of any note. Already sold out in several towns, and looking likely to do the same pretty much everywhere else by the time dates start, the tour also features rising UK grime / tech-metal outfit Hacktivist as support, with a selection of Britain’s most exciting young rock artists opening various dates along the way (see below for more details of that).
For one special ‘hometown’ (or near-as-dammit, given the options are very very limited) show at Hatfield Forum, Herts (where all profits from the night will be donated to anti-poverty charity ActionAidUK) the bill is joined by longtime friends and fellow Hertfordshire boys Don Broco, as well as local legends the very mighty JBM. BBC Radio One DJ, ActionAid Ambassador, and all round good guy Huw Stephens will compare the evenings entertainment. This tour will be the band’s last extended stint of UK headline shows for quite some time, with the remainder of the year filled by grappling with writing for album #4, playing summer festivals across Europe and the UK (including headlining the Second Stage at 2013’s Download Festival. The band’s biggest festival appearance of their career thus far), and focussing on their personal lives for a short while.
Wed 10th – WESTON SUPERMARE – GRAND PIER
Fri 12th – SWANSEA – BRANGWYN HALL (SOLD OUT)
Sat 13th – EBBW VALE – LEISURE CENTRE
Mon 15th – NEW BRIGHTON – FLORAL PAVILION (SOLD OUT)
Tue 16th – KILMARNOCK – GRAND HALL
Wed 17th – INVERNESS – IRON WORKS
Thur 18th – ABERDEEN – GARAGE (SOLD OUT)
Sun 21st – GALASHIELS – VOLUNTEER HALL
Mon 22nd – LINCOLN – ENGINE SHED
Tue 23rd – SCARBOROUGH – OCEAN ROOMS
Wed 24th – SCUNTHORPE – BATHS HALL
Fri 26th – HATFIELD – FORUM (SOLD OUT)
Sat 27th – NORTHAMPTON – ROADMENDER (SOLD OUT)
Sun 28th – PETERBOROUGH – CRESSET (SOLD OUT)
Tue 30th – BELFAST – MANDELA HALL
Wed 1st – DERRY – NERVE CENTRE
Thur 2nd – CORK – PAVILION
Fri 3rd – DUBLIN – ACADEMY
Sat 4th – LIVERPOOL – ACADEMY (Liverpool Sound City)
Sun 5th – COVENTRY – KASBAH (SOLD OUT)
Supports : HACKTIVIST // BABY GODZILLA // TU AMORE // SELL YOUR SKY // DON BROCO // JBM // WOUNDS // MARMOZETS // NECK DEEP