St. Albans synth driving post-hardcore group Enter Shikari have come an awful long way since their “trancecore” and glowstick days of ‘Sorry, You’re Not A Winner’ and ‘Mothership’. Their 2009 sophomore record ‘Common Dreads’ really set them in stone as one of the biggest and most exciting acts in the rock scene, and a group who held a lot more of a political and meaningful stance than was seen before. This message delivered with a more diverse and stronger sound than their debut ‘Take To The Skies’, and raised the bar high.
One-off single ‘Destabilise’ has managed to keep up with the standards already set, keeping the same familiar sound we’re all comfortable with when it comes to Enter Shikari, but keeping it new and different enough to show that they’re not just a one-trick pony. The synth presence on this single is one of the most notable things, managing to steer relatively clear of the increasingly popular ‘flavour of the week’ dubstep genre today, and keeping it heavy but digestable at the same time. Frontman Rou Reynolds manages to keep his gruff and authorative vocals as important as ever, maintaining that whatever he has to say in any song is as important as it’s ever been.
If ‘Destabilise’ is anything to go by, then Enter Shikari are one of those bands that are just going to keep going on strength to strength. A full-length to follow could be in the works for a while yet, but it should almost certainley be worth the wait that’s to be endured.
Written by Zach Redrup