Enter Shikari

For those of you who’ve read my reviews before you’ll know that I’m pretty consistent in the sort of music that I like. I’m in to Kasabian, Reef, Noel Gallagher, Jersey Budd… I’m guessing you could say that I’m your stereotypical ‘Indie Kid’ meets Brit pop chappie. I wee’d a little when the Roses announced their reformation. You get the picture…

So, when I checked out the Gig Junkies virtual notice board and saw that I was down to review Enter Shakari and 2 other ‘shouty’ bands’ I’d not heard of, I have to admit that my initial reaction was very much one of ‘hhhmmmmmm’.

Letlive.

Coming very much from the ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ mould however and always one for expanding my musical horizons, I thought ‘why the heck not’ and made my way to the O2 Academy for what would end up being a very memorable night.

Not knowing what to expect from Letlive. (note the full stop) one word sums up my initial surmising’s of the 5 piece from Las Angeles… WOOOOOOAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

Letlive.

I’ve been to 100s upon 100s of gigs and seen some amazing front men aided and abetted by some pretty mesmerizing bands but I can say with absolute certainty that I have never seen anything that comes remotely close to the passion, energy and showmanship than that which came from the opening act.

From the second they made their way to the stage to the moment they left to rapturous applause it was none stop. Think speedy Gonzales, on speed, on a pogo stick bouncing on a trampoline and you’re somewhere close. Jason Butler, the charismatic singer recently voted the best front man in the World by Brums own Kerrang – was like a whirlwind. When he wasn’t in the crowd he was on the balcony. When he wasn’t on the balcony he was pogoing like a nutter. It was utterly mind-blowing and totally enthralling. A very special opening act that I’m sure all of those in attendance will remember for as long as they have their proverbial marbles.

Your Demise

When the phoroar had died down and the audience had caught breathe, Your Demise entered the fray. I felt a little sorry for Your Demise as there was no way they could match the ‘ooompphh’ of the first band.

Don’t get me wrong, they were good. Really good, and were well received by the packed out crowd, but it felt a little like ‘after the Lord Mayors show’. The cynic in me maybe that was the headliners intention so they didn’t have to come on stage straight after the band which I’m sure they are going to name the next Tornado after…

Your Demise

On to the main event – Enter Shakari, to the mantra ‘Stay Conscious, Stay Vigilant’. Straight Edge sentiments to go alongside their socio-political banner (‘If you stand for nothing you’ll fall for anything’) at the back of the stage. Nice!

It’s been a while since Enter Shakari have graced our fair City and judging by the raucous reaction of the crowd they’ve been missed.

Enter Shikari

Opening up with the somewhat hypnotic ‘Destabilise’ the already frenetic crowd went bonkers.

It’s hard to describe the Enter sound. They are classed as a post hardcore band, which for me – an ailing Granddad of Rock – is a cross between shouty metal, combining the energy of drum and bass and the synthetic twiddles and noises of techno dance. From the outside it sounds like a right dogs dinner of a combination that will appeal to neither Harry or Larry, but my word it works.

Enter Shikari

The crowd – which was largely made up of the early twenty something’s, moshed, stomped, clapped and hollered at all the right moments, many of them, the gents that is, minus their t-shirts. They sang along in perfect unison at the end of ‘Sorry you’re not a Winner’ and bounced around as one as the band nailed new single ‘Sssnakepit’ and finished off an awesome night with an encore of’ Juggernaughts’ and ‘OK Time for Plan B’.

I have to say, I’ve converted. Where do I buy a ripped black t-shirt and some hair dye?

Gig Review by Zak Edwards
Gig Photos by Bianca Barrett

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