Enter Shikari on the albums that changed their lives
Enter Shikari on the albums that changed their lives
Enter Shikari are living proof of the rude health of UK rock music.
Fusing the hardcore rush of highly influential Swedish crew The Refused with various metal sub genres and with dance music they came up a whole new hybrid which they have refined to perfection on their latest and third album, ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’.
Their live shows are brilliant explosions of energy and ideas and they got massive without anyone’s permission like all the best bands do.
As an insight to their creative process we asked them for their favourite albums…
Rou Reynolds :
Caspian – Tertia
Perfect aftershow chillout music, or just on tour headphone escapism. Really epic and artistic a constant source of inspiration.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works
One of the most intense live bands around. So much time for these guys, always pushing the boundaries and so creative in the process.

Noisia – Split The Atom
Top of the game in the production realm, doesn’t get much better than this. Sculpting the most intense basslines with so much class and rhythm.

Rob Rolfe :
Fugees – The Score
From start to finish a superb album. when i was about 13 my mum found me listening to it in my room and confiscated it because of the bad language, it just made me want it even more.

The Prodigy – Fat Of The Land
this album marked a significant time of my life when dance music first took a strong grip on me. the songs are just as powerful now as they were back then.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou – Soundtrack
Some amazing ‘old timey’ classic songs. never thought i’d really be into that type of music until i watched the film and immediately bought the album. think i may have to make and old timey side project.

Chris Batten :
King blues – Punk and Poetry – So i recently listened to this album after not listening to it in a long time. It just brought back to me the genius of this record. The dynamics of sound and vibes throughout the album is amazing. The content of the lyrics sends shivers down your spine and really opens your eyes, and the delivery of these vocals are so hard hitting and passionate! Great album

Refused – Shape of punk to come – This album always appears in my top 3.
It was so ahead of it’s time and has inspired bands and artists all over the world since it was released. Saw them playing live recently too, after a long split, They bring it live too!

Hundred Reasons – Ideas above our station – Such a nostalgic album for me.
Every song is this album is a classic. The album is filled with powerful riffs and amazing melodies, and it brings back so many happy memories.

Rory Clewlow :
Rustie – Glass Swords
This guy Has a really unique and refined style of production and song writing, really interesting and uplifting listening but really different than anything I’ve heard before.

Twin Atlantic – Free
Toured with these guys a couple of years ago and ever since I have had their album on repeat! Amazing to see them starting to get some of the recognition they truly deserve

The Streets – Original Pirate Material
I know it’s a cliche to say, but this album (and his second album) really helped me out a lot when I was growing up going through shit. It has such nostalgia for me that I cant really listen to it without chocking up a bit. I’m reading his autobiography at the moment and it’s absolutely brilliant so I would recommend checking it out!

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. I completely agree with rob on the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack! I did the exact same my self when i first saw the film.


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