Not amazed by the new Daft Punk album? Maybe you like something heavier? Check my review of Trails - Signs, if Enter Shikari and Don Broco had children…
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. #spring #TheBeatles #Blossum #sunday
A venue that has yet to attract major artists to the sunny sites of Scunthorpe has done good this time. Hundreds of tattooed teens with ear plugs the size of digestive biscuits await the return of Enter Shikari to the area, it’s been almost seven years since they first played the now refurbished venue.
Support acts Tu Amore and Hacktivist get the slightly dull crowd at least waving the arms and the occasional mosh pit, Jermaine Hurley of Hackivist pointing out that there’s an ambulance waiting for a reason, before the intro for Enter Shikari shakes things up. Playing out ‘Rhythm of the Night’ to a crowd of hard core Shikari fans shouldn’t work but it just does.
Minutes later, lead singer Rou is transported onto stage hanging from a clothes rack, unhooking himself, the band smash ‘System…’ leading track from third full studio album (and the reason for the tour) ‘A Flash Flood of Colour’. ‘…Meltdown’ and ‘Sssnakepit’ tear the room apart, holding onto anything you own you’re thrown into a complete mayhem of lights, limbs flailing and of course that trademark Enter Shikari sound. The band make no apologies for what they’re about on this tour, not stopping for breath ‘Sorry you’re not a winner’ claps its way into the atmosphere, this small room was designed for theatre acts but it seems to be coping with the reverberation. Staying away from some of their most know songs, instead opting for songs that reflect the tour’s theme.
Known for their outlandish stage antics, Rou scales the Hall’s balcony giving a very up close and personal sight for some gig goers. ‘Destabilise’ ironically has people throwing themselves into the pits, security personnel brace themselves.
Throughout the set, energy never wavers. Many people go on how this band is the best live band this country has to offer, as the foursome strut the stage, you see why. Each performance as full of untameable passion as the next, having graced nearly every venue and stage they’ve gathered a loyal band of followers many inked with their lyrics.
A connection between the band and the crowd is intangible but ever present as they fire up ‘Mothership’ and the room circles before descending into chaos once again, the official count for crowd surfers in this strictly prohibiting venue was 210 as tweeted by the band with an air of pride.
The traditional encore is upturned by the appearance of an ironing board… guitarist Liam ‘Rory’ Clewlow using it as a turn table. The tour title track ‘Return to Energizer’ from 2006’s ‘Take to the Skies’ is met with cheers from only the most dedicated fans before speakers are upturned and ‘Zzzonked’ begins with a crash as Rou comes speeding towards the audience with a large broom. Stage maintenance aside, Enter Shikari have still got it.
‘I’d die without you here’
Yeah Yeah Yeahs hone their paranormal sound throughout their new album Mosquito but within that they’ve exposed themselves with extraordinary acoustic performances and as J.B Priestley once said, it’s ‘Genuine as rain’.
‘Ain’t it fun living in the real world’
Paramore are back with brightly coloured Hayley Williams fronting a new line-up, presenting us with an updated sound. It’s still alternate but with gospel singing, a pop singed fringe and lyrics that really do have feelings, you know.
43 years ago today, Paul McCartney announced the Beatles are breaking up. Get the inside story of the forces that tore apart the world’s greatest group.
“Unlock whatever the Rock and Roll is inside you”
‘Don’t you get it? A Hiatus is forever until you get lonely or old. I don’t plan on either’ - The last words on Fall Out Boy’s future, Pete Wentz was pretty certain that FOB were indefinitely over. But here we are the year of the break up (MCR, Girls Aloud) and what do the guys they do? Make a comeback… is it ironic? Only time will tell.
Releasing My songs know what you did in the dark (Light Em Up) back in February, FOB fans rejoiced that the band were back to the class seen only on From Under the Cork Tree back in 2005/6. 2007’s Infinity on High was enough but lacked the desire that Dance Dance and Sugar, we’re going down inhabited. Those songs carved the pumpkin of their career, they were the ‘band of the moment’ for more than a traditional moment but as tensions rose, Fall Out Boy fell from grace.
‘I Can’t Imagine Playing In Fall Out Boy Again’ - Wentz
That desire has transformed into Save Rock And Roll (SRAR). I may be bias, as every other 16 year old girl at the time, I had a massive crush on Pete Wentz and was going through my ‘I only like good music’ phase (I’m still yet to get out of that phase) slightly obsessive but Dance Dance was ‘the’ song of my prom. FOB have bloomed.
Following in the footsteps of many bands including The Strokes - Comedown Machine and Bastille - Bad Blood, FOB have streamed SRAR for their fans to ‘try before they buy’ as it’s officially released on April 15th.
‘this is meant to be played LOUD, with the windows down on summer nights…these incantations are meant to conjure realness, to unlock whatever the rock and roll is inside you - in each of us’
From the go the album has everything- rock riffs, strengthened vocals, lyrics that cry out to the heart and collaborations to die for, namely Courtney Love, rapper Big Sean, rocket man himself, Elton John singing on the title track and singer Foxes who recently sang on ‘Clarity’ with producer Zedd.
Each word dripping in raw emotion, if music were an official religion this would be reverence. ‘You were my picket fence’ - The American dream alive in their songs especially Miss Missing You and new influences evident, from dub in Death Valley to even folk in new single Young Volcanoes.
Want a taster? (Rhetorical of course)
So Long and Goodnight.
‘My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die.
It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you.
I always knew that, and I think you did too.
Because it is not a band-
it is an idea.
‘Oh oh, let the band play
I’m being broken up and ripped apart by X-rays
I said oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
They can’t stop us
They can’t stop us
They can’t stop us now’
The House We Grew Up In - The Weeks
Signed to Serpents and Snakes the label owned by Use Somebody rockers Kings of Leon, The Weeks are a five-piece Mississippi band who embrace their Southern roots using them to produce refreshing indie-rock. Massive LOVE.