“Take to the Skies” is the first full length album buy British hardcore band Enter Shikari. Enter Shikari is seen by their fans as the opposition to the largely RnB-dominated charts. Straight away, in the opening the song ‘Enter Shikari’ the bands influences (other than hardcore) become clear – Jungle and Drum and Bass. However, we are then reassured of their obvious rock background with the opening screams and heavy guitar. The man behind the screams and synths is Roughton ‘Rou’ Reynolds, the energetic front-man of the band. Reynolds is the author of the clearly political but not self-centred lyrics. The rousing scream of “Stand your ground, this is ancient land” resonates through the mind and invites the listener on a journey through the albums themes.
The themes can be of a lighter ilk, such as Jonny Sniper. Although carrying the trademark guitars and screams, it has an energetic (dare I say feel-good?) synth line and a comical topic. The lyrics are supposedly about a character from their school sex education lessons that would go from rooftop to rooftop firing condoms at couples having unprotected sex.
The flagship song is most definitely “Sorry You’re Not A Winner”, an energetic yet heavy good fun song. The sing/shout along line of “Sorry You’re Not!” is a near-euphoric crowd favourite. It is accompanied live by a Jungle-ish dance intro with some cartwheels while holding the guitar and climbing up the stage set, making the live videos a must-see (if you aren’t going to a gig).
The album, although almost being in its own genre, encompasses the tender side of it, notably the opening halves of “Today Won’t Go Down In History” and “Adieu”, as well as the much raw side with “Return To Energiser” being a prime example . It is on this journey that it is possible to see that, they have greatness within them. I would highly recommend this album, and I hope it gives you an insight into the music ‘cross the pond. I would place a bet on them being one of the biggest bands in the world in the next few years.
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