ENTER SHIKARI Streaming “Rabble Rouser” Track
September 13, 2017, 11 days ago
Enter Shikari, one of the biggest and most exciting bands the UK has seen, will release their new album The Spark on September 22nd through Play It Again Sam / Ambush Reality worldwide. In anticipation of their forthcoming release, the band has just revealed the provocative new track “Rabble Rouser”. The song premiered last night as Hottest Record in the World on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. This follows the release of the acclaimed single “Live Outside” which is currently B listed on BBC Radio 1 and has been streamed over 300,000 times on Spotify.
"I see ‘Rabble Rouser’ as putting music to my job description. Bringing people together and getting them rowdy and energised. The track's influenced by the plethora of genres that I was lucky enough to grow up with; from jungle to garage, to grime, to dubstep. I can't wait to play this live”. (Rou Reynolds)
Prior to their biggest Arena tour to date in the UK and Europe in November / December 2017, Enter Shikari will be performing an intimate, and sold-out, album launch show in Toronto at Hard Luck Bar on Tuesday, October 3rd. In support of the forthcoming album, the band will also be treating fans to an in-store signing at Dead Dog Records in Toronto at 6:00 PM (1209 Bloor St. West)
The Spark is an ambitious, inspiring piece of work that poignantly reflects Enter Shikari’s legendary rise to becoming one of the biggest and most exciting bands the UK has ever seen. Following 4 seminal albums, of which 3 have been Top 10, The Spark is produced by David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes), and is Shikari’s most melodic and personal album to date; a soundtrack to our tumultuous world, a record for everyone who’s filled with frustration but hasn’t lost the capacity for hope.
As Shikari stared down the barrel of album five, lead vocalist Rou Reynolds had no idea what to write about, but for the first time going into a record, he knew what the music called for. With The Spark, his intentions were clear: simplicity, melody, songcraft. “Not dampening the variety, but trying to write the best songs instead of trying to be the heaviest, the most technical, the most emotional.”
“I wanna prove myself as a songwriter,” Rou continues. He’d always thought maximum volume equaled maximum passion, but an odd revelation last year taught him otherwise. “I’d always been a Bowie fan, but his death made me put time into his back catalogue. I did a Bowie-oke party, bought this cheap software and got a free trial for a week, and I found myself using it home alone. I learnt so much.” Bowie gave Rou the confidence to start singing in a lower register, as did further karaoke experimentations with Sinatra and Johnny Cash. Joy Divison and Depeche Mode also lead him to identify as a singer for the first time in Shikari’s 18-year history, and he toned down the screaming to make his message clearer. “I was always the guitarist that fell into being the frontman,” says Rou. “And there’s all sorts of anxieties to being a frontman. I’d never had any training as a singer, and it’s only in the last few years that I’ve got this new confidence, so I wanted to increase my range – a lot more falsetto, a lot more baritone.”
This newfound emotional and musical clarity set the stage for an unprecedented Enter Shikari album, rounded off by Rou’s stunningly lucid lyrics. “When I realized that a lot of stuff in my personal life was seemingly echoing the turmoil going on the world, socially and politically, a general theme started to emerge of adversity and hope.” A quote from Shakespeare’s As You Like It served as a guiding light: Sweet are the uses of adversity. Rou continues: “Learning, growing, coming through things. It’s such a basic thing for art to talk about – seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – but finding that meaning really helped.”
Preorder the album at this location.
The Spark was recorded in Northamptonshire, UK in early 2017, produced by David Kosten and Rou Reynolds.
The Spark tracklisting:
“Take My Country Back”
“The Revolt Of The Atoms”
“An Ode To Lost Jigsaw Pieces (In Two Movements)”
"Rabble Rouser" video:
“The Spark” video:
In support of the album, Enter Shikari will take to the road for a series of performances in November / December. Supports for all the dates are Lower Than Atlantis and Astroid Boys. Tickets are available at this location.
(Photo by: Jennifer McCord)