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From L to R: Rory, Rou, Rob, Chris
Enter Shikari are a British four-piece Avant-Garde Metal
band. They could probably be described as post-hardcore, although they also have elements of punk, metal and many different sub-genres of electronic music, and also hip hop. Members:
- Rou Reynolds - Lead vocals and electronics
- Liam "Rory" Clewlow - Guitar and backing vocals
- Chris "Batty C" Batten - Bass and backing vocals
- Rob Rolfe - Drums
As of this writing, they've released three albums, Take To The Skies
in 2007, Common Dreads
in 2009, and A Flash Flood Of Colour
in 2012. They also released two compilations of B-sides and demos, The Zone
in 2007 and Tribalism
in 2010, and as of late, they have began a dubstep
side project called Shikari Sound System.
They're named after a boat that Rou's uncle had. "Shikari" also means
' in Indian.
Enter Shikari have examples of:
- Album Title Drop: Common Dreads is title dropped in both the eponymous intro track and "Solidarity" ("Here tonight / I clock a thousand heads / Here to unite / Through common dreads"). The previous album, Take To The Skies, also gets mentioned in "No Sleep Tonight" ("You and me, we're gonna take / To the skies, for a common sake").
- Take To The Skies is also title dropped in a non-album single from 2007, "Kickin' Back On The Surface Of Your Cheek".
- A Flash Flood Of Colour gets one in "Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here".
- Animated Music Video: Thumper is a black-and-white performance video, with (fairly terrifying) doodle-style drawings of the band rotoscoped over it.
- Arc Words: And still we will be here, standing like statues.
- Also, at the spoken-word beginning of "Radiate", all coupled with Rob's ferocious blast-beating: To take away our expression is to impoverish our existence.
- Atomic F-Bomb: The very first word on Take to the Skies.
- Audience Participation Song:
- You are legally obligated to join in with the famous three claps to "Sorry, You're Not a Winner".
- Rou often changes the last two lines of "Havoc A" to "hold tight *insert name of place they are playing at*, 'cause you're crucial".
- Badass Creed: From "Juggernauts". This is also a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
We'll do what we've always done
Shut our eyes and hope for the best...
NO! We're gonna face this
And step out onto the tracks
Stare it right in the face
THOU SHALL NOT PASS!
- In the opening section of "Sssnakepit" this definitely counts:
What's the one thing that has more speed
And goes deeper than us?
A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE.
- The Backwards R: Greek, actually. See Xtreme Kool Letterz further down the page.
- Bishōnen: Rou in the early stages of the band ◊
- Call Back: The song "Solidarity" off Common Dreads ends with a chorus singing "and still we will be here / standing like statues", a phrase which is repeated multiple times during Take To The Skies.
- "System...", the intro to A Flash Flood Of Colour starts with the same synth as "Common Dreads", which is the same synth that closed Take To The Skies.
- The vocal effect on the line "OPEN THEIR MINDS" from "Gandhi Mate, Gandhi" is the same as "AND NOW THE FLOODGATES WILL OPEN" from "Solidarity".
- The line "This is no white abode" from "Wall" on Common Dreads harks back to "My white abode, do you remember my white abode" from "Sorry, You're Not A Winner".
- Continuity Nod: "Havoc A" has one to "Acid Nation".
It's another day in the acid nation
Expected to gulp down hindrance
- Corpsing: Rou is visibly trying very hard not to fall victim to this whilst singing the band's cover version of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe".
- Cover Version: They've covered Kid Cudi's "Day N Nite" and Faithless' "Insomnia".
- Fading into the Next Song: Used a lot by them on both albums, but Take To The Skies is extremely noticeable, due to the Interludes. It's very satisfying to play Interlude 3, a breakcore intro to "Sorry, You're Not A Winner", then the song itself, then Interlude 4, the Jonny Sniper fanfare, and then Jonny Sniper. A nice group of tracks.
- Fan Nickname: The Shikari Ferrari, and the Shikari Shuffle◊, a brief dance from the "Destabilise" music video.
- Faux Retro: Jonny & the Snipers.
- Feed Me: Rou can get pretty hammy during the intro to "The Jester", as seen here (footage from the Live from Planet Earth DVD).
- Genre Roulette
- Genre Shift: Arguably. Common Dreads is a lot lighter musically than Take To The Skies.
- Then there's A Flash Flood Of Colour, which is heavily Dubstep influenced and has a lot more of an electronic dance feel.
- Green Aesop: Happens A LOT.
- "Jonny Sniper" from Take To The Skies is about protecting the Earth.
- Common Dreads has an environmentalist message running through it.
- "Arguing with Thermometers" from A Flash of Flood and Colour is about climate change scepticism.
- Harsh Vocals: Rou likes doing them a lot. Man of a Thousand Voices indeed.
- I Am Very British: See Man of a Thousand Voices below.
- Insistent Terminology: They're a socially conscious band. Rou does not like them being called a "political" band.
- Ironic Nickname: Fans dubbed the band's old tour van as the Shikari Ferrari. It's hardly a Ferrari, more a battered old Post Office van.
- Johnny McCoolname: "Ladies and gentlemen, show your appreciaion for JONNY SNNNIPEEEERRRRR!"
- Last Note Hilarity: Rory laughing at the end of "Sssnakepit" and the "Louis Armstrong" noise.
- Last Note Nightmare: The last few seconds of "Labyrinth" are rather... chilling.
- Long Runner Line Up: The band have had the same lineup for 11 years (as of 2014).
- Long Title: Hoo boy, lots of them. "Sorry, You're Not a Winner"; "Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour", "Arguing With Thermometers", "Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here" and "Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide" are just examples.
- Lyrical Dissonance:
- "Johnny Sniper" is an uplifting song... with a very serious environmental message.
- "Hectic" becomes darker lyrically in the last chorus, whilst the song's upbeat trance feel carries on.
- "Gap in the Fence" eventually morphs into an uplifitng House track. Although the majority of the lyrics have already been sung by this point, it is definitely a case of this trope as the lyrics are incredibly dark and serious.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Rou can do: clean singing, rapping, screaming (his primary style) and, occasionally, Death Metal-like Harsh Vocals. He is easily one of the greater examples of this trope in the entire metal scene, along with artists such as alt-metal vocalist Mike Patton, avant-garde musician Tooru "Kyo" Nishimura, experimental multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend, nu-metal vocalist Jonathan Davis, Melodic Death Metal singer Christian Alvestam and progressive deathgrind musician Travis Ryan.
- Metal Scream: All three types. And in spades.
GO TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!!!
THAT THIS IS THE END!!!
- Mind Screw: "System..." could count as this as it's entirely metaphorical.
- Miniscule Rocking: "The Paddington Frisk" is 1 minute and 24 seconds long.
- Misattributed Song: "My Darkest Hour" (that song that goes "I am tired and broken") isn't by them, contrary to popular belief. It's actually by a band called Scary Kids Scaring Kids. They're American whereas Enter Shikari are very British.
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Generally ranges from 4-8.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They come in at an 8, occasionally going down to a 7 or going up to a 9.
- Mood Whiplash: On Take To The Skies, the relatively soft, feelgood "Jonny Sniper" is followed by calm acoustic ballad "Adieu"... and then comes "OK, Time For Plan B", a fast-paced, mosh-worthy heavy tune. It's still awesome, though.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The official promo video for "Radiate" has them simply stand there doing nothing, but all other things you'd expect in a music video are still there.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Their music is... surprisingly hard to pin down to a genre. In fact, they have a shirt that references this. "Enter Shikari Sound System: Abusing Music Genres Worthless Boundaries Since 2003"
- New Sound Album:
- Common Dreads added the dubstep influences and political lyrics which have become part of their Signature Sound.
- A Flash Flood Of Colour doesn't sound anything like the two albums before it.
- No Title: Used a few times on Take to the Skies, with tracks 1, 5, 9, 11, 13 and 17 untitled on the track listing. However, track 1 is usually referred to as "Stand Your Ground, This Is Ancient Land", tracks 5, 11 and 13 as Interludes 1, 2 and 3 respectively, and tracks 9 and 17 as "Reprise One" and "Reprise Two", the final track also known as "Closing".
- Nostalgia Goggles: "Hectic" is this in song form. But not completely...
Oh those halcyon days and halcyon nights
Before we began to realise that things aren't right
- One of Us: The band really do seem like this. This is evident from the song "Hectic", where a section of the lyrics goes "Convene at mine at 3pm to play Sega Mega Drive, Golden Axe and Sonic all day".
- Performance Video: All of their music videos feature the band performing the song at some point. Some with an audience ("Sssnakepit", "Sorry, You're Not a Winner" and "Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour" for example), some without ("Destabilise", "Radiate" and "Quelle Surprise", as examples).
- Piss-Take Rap: Rou like this, and surprisingly, he's actually good at rapping. In fact, most of the intros have rapped vocals instead of Rou's signature screams.
- Precision F-Strike: A pretty good one in "Enter Shikari", the first song (not counting instrumental opener "Stand Your Ground, This Is Ancient Land") on their first album, and the VERY FIRST WORD is Rou screaming "SHIT!".
- Arguably, the line "We need to FUCKING ERUPT" in "Destabilise".
- "No Sssweat" with "You do this EVERY FUCKING TIME!"
- Record Producer: The band have worked with SikTh guitarist Dan Weller since Common Dreads.
- Soprano and Gravel: At the end of "Sorry, You're Not a Winner", Chris sings the line "Insert your coin" cleanly, then Rou growls it.
- Spoken Word in Music: The intro to Common Dreads and "System...".
- Stealth Parody: "Ghandi mate, Ghandi" is so outlandish it could very well be this - the song contains every single Shikari cliche known to man and some very silly lyrics. The band also re-enact the part where they all get Rou to calm down mid-rant LIVE, to hilarious effect.
- Studio Chatter:
- "Zzzonked" opens with a clip of Rou complaining: "These wars are directly out of order, you get me? They're past their sell-by date serious. I don't think any of you fucking get me. Listen." Cue Metal Scream.
- In "Ghandi mate, Ghandi", Rou's bandmates try to get him to calm down whilst he is in mid-rant.
- Stuff Blowing Up: In the video for "Jonny Sniper", the Shikari Ferrari gets blown up.
- Subdued Section: In "Sorry, You're Not a Winner" and "Destabilise", among others. "Adieu" is one for the most part of the song, before the guitars and drums kick in.
- Also, "Destabilise", "Quelle Surprise" and "Radiate". Hell, that's pretty common in ES's songs.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Adieu" and "Gap in the Fence".
- "Constellations" counts as well.
- Title Only Chorus: "Return to Energizer" and "Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here".
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Their 'Greek' logo from the Common Dreads era counts, in text form looks like ΣΠTΣ℞ SHᶲKΔ℞ᶲ. They're also fond of adding extra letters to one song on each album, like "No Sssweat", "Zzzonked" and "Sssnakepit".
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