Well known for their rather energetic and lively shows, it’s about time that St. Albans group Enter Shikari went and released a live DVD for people to witness from the comfort of their living rooms. ‘Live From Planet Earth’, which was most definitely captured on planet Earth, does exactly what Enter Shikari (or any band for that matter) would intend their first live DVD release to do: capture the essence of their live shows to enjoy at leisure.
Though the experience of being squished against a mass of heated sweaty bodies in a small and dingy venue can’t be relived through a DVD, visually everything you’d get from a a ribcage rattling Enter Shikari performance is all there. The additional shows on top of the main attraction of their December 2010 show in Hatfield makes for good comparison and view on how the band have progressed in such a short period of time, along with showcasing their shows in different settings, all of which leading to what the eye can clearly see to be chaotic performance after chaotic performance.
The tiny reflection of the London Underworld venue is completely different to that shown in Hatfield, and this is neither a pro or con, just a noticeable difference. London encompasses the flooding crowd surfers invading the stage alongside their band of the hour, and Hatfield enlightens the huge fanbase and showcase the band are able to deliver from slightly bigger stages.
Various different shows all shot with little to no removal of the performance during editing is a great perk, and helps to keep the atmosphere of all the shows captured on ‘Live From Planet Earth’ bright and ongoing. Even if you don’t have the time to sit down and watch the shows visually, there’s even the additional audio CD you can choose to listen along to. Shove it on your living room stereo or in your car, flick the surround sound on, go mental and you can kinda pretend you’re there with them. ‘Live From Planet Earth’ is a definite purchase for any dedicated Enter Shikari fan out there.
Written by Zach Redrup