Enter Shikari the youth crew who have melded hardcore with dance cultures like dubstep and trance are set for a number one with their album ‘A Flood Of Colour’ album this week.
Operating outside the music business the band built up a huge following by playing wild shows and releasing ground breaking albums that have been massive. This is a cause for celebration. There has been a lot of dark talk about the end of rock music but when a band as edgey as this operates on its own terms in the mainstream then are still winning.
Sounding like a hardcore band playing in the middle of a dubstep club Enter Shikari are the sound of rock in 2012 and proof that rock is very much in rude health and that there are many bands out there who are here for the long term. Still hungry and still mashing up different styles of music and still pushing rock forward Enter Shikari have written a brilliant album that has the intensity of hardcore and the multi rhythmic vision of british underground dance music.
Not that it really matters but in the light of the current argument about the end of rock, Enter Shikari underline a lot of factors… They shape shift around genres- taking the best from rock or dance…they deliver it like a hardcore band and their shows are like full on hardcore- but then a dubstep MC can be like a hardcore singer- the boundaries are so blurred now and that’s a cause for celebration.
Their number one is a triumph for anyone into groundbreaking and thrilling rock music that still can be bothered to make a political and social point and deliver it with a hardcore fury.