Meet The Band: Enter Shikari

Tonight, Enter Shikari take to the stage of Glastonbury Festival. This follows the recent release of the video for the track Torn Apart, directed by Mike Tyler who was also responsible for the video for the band’s previous single Anaesthetist. 

The third single from the UK Top 10 album The Mindsweep, Torn Apart follows hot on the heels of the announcement of Enter Shikari’s nominations for Best British Band and Best Single (for Anaesthetist) in this year’s Kerrang! Magazine Awards.

Andy Howells recently put questions to Rou Reynolds from the band

You’ve had a busy year so far touring with the new album, are you enjoying yourselves?
Absolutely. It’s pretty tiring but it’s been amazing fun being able to get out and play our new material to old fans and new. Every time we go back somewhere, we know more and more people, having friends all over the world makes it feel a smaller place and touring a lot less like you are away from home.

Do you prefer touring or recording?
They are two completely different things and you can’t compare the two. They are also inseparably intertwined. You can’t tour if you don’t have music to play. We love both processes, both the creative pot that is the studio and then travelling and playing to enthusiastic audiences all over the world.

How have fans responded to the new material?
Fantastically, we got such a wonderful response from social media when we released the album and then they have also been going down a storm when we play them at shows. It makes us very happy to see people not just appreciate but really love the fruit of all our hard work and passion.

Can you give us some background on the new single Torn Apart?
The song is about race and the stupidity of racism when there are biologically more differences within races than between them. The guitar riff was actually written about 12 years ago but revamped and brought back to life.

Have you got anything else lined up for this year recording wise?
There are actually a couple songs that we recorded at the same time as the album that we are saving for an opportune time but you will have to wait for them.

What are you listening to on your MP3 player at the moment?
Well, I hear so much loud music in my profession that when I have my headphones on I like to relax to a lot of classical.

  • A version of this Q&A by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on June 19, 2015

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