En­ter Shikari wel­come in their new era with an elec­tri­fy­ing club show

EN­TER SHIKARI cel­e­brated the an­nounce­ment of their new al­bum with their tini­est lon­don club Show in Years. how’s that for a SPARK?

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“I WANT some­one to make a sweet casse­role out of this!” yells a sweaty, drained Rou Reynolds, launch­ing an onion – grown out of his own gar­den – into the crowd and slop­ing off­stage. It’s not your av­er­age gig end­ing. But then tonight’s of­fer­ing from En­ter Shikari – com­plete with trum­pet-play­ing, crowd-clam­ber­ing and an ap­pear­ance from Bri­tish grime ti­tan Big Narstie – isn’t your stan­dard show.and Shikari are far be­yond the realms of your av­er­age rock band.

Even so, home­grown veg is not the tasti­est item on the menu tonight. Just mo­ments af­ter pluck­ing his gar­den clean, Rou and the rest of his St Albans mob un­veiled Live Out­side – the bril­liant first sin­gle from their highly-an­tic­i­pated new al­bum,the Spark, via An­nie Mac’s Hottest Record In­the­world.and right now they’re cel­e­brat­ing the fact with one of their small­est events in years: a (mostly) fan-only gig, full of new tunes, a first-time live guest ap­pear­ance by the afore­men­tioned Big Narstie, and songs far too huge to re­main within the con­fines of The Bor­der­line’s walls. With at­ten­dance com­ing from only those who picked up tick­ets to the four­some’s Lon­don Ally Pally megashow later in the year, this is spe­cial on So. Many. Lev­els.

“Greet­ings, car­bon-based life forms!” grins Rou as the night be­gins and En­ter Shikari launch into open­ing track Red­shift, be­fore the front­man talks of “ma­nip­u­lat­ing our emo­tions”, and achieves the de­sired ef­fect thanks to the colos­sal beats of The Last Gar­ri­son and old favourite Jug­ger­nauts.

But we’re not here for the oldies.we’re here to get a teaser of that new record.and En­ter Shikari aren’t about to let us down.‘don’t wanna take my coun­try back / I wanna take my coun­try for­ward!’ spits Rou four songs into the set, be­fore erupt­ing into one of the big­gest cho­ruses Shikari have ever penned.“did you no­tice that was a new one?” asks a sheep­ish Chris Bat­ten fol­low­ing the never-be­fore­heard Take My Coun­try Back.yes, we could tell, Chris. Oh, and by the way, and it’s awe­some.

En­ter Shikari are on typ­i­cally fine form tonight, and de­spite con­fess­ing that he’d rather be in bed stroking his cat, Freya, with a pep­per­mint tea in hand, lead­ing man Rou is rel­ish­ing their re­turn to UK stages since the trio of Take To The Skies an­niver­sary shows at Slam Dunk in May.a pound­ing Ra­di­ate is on the verge of burst­ing the un­der­ground sur­round­ings of the 300-ca­pac­ity room, while a cover of The Hu­man League’s Em­pire State Hu­man daz­zles and dazes. It’s a su­per­charged show­ing from a band who never give it any­thing less than their all… Speak­ing of which, en­ter: Big Narstie, brought out on­stage es­pe­cially to bring his col­lab­o­ra­tion with the band, Su­per­charge, to life for the first time live. It’s to­tal chaos, and just an­other high­light in a night full of them.

The ele­phant in the room – Live Out­side – is soon ad­dressed as En­ter Shikari give their new sin­gle an air­ing be­fore the ex­plo­sive en­core.“we played it in sound­check ear­lier and it was a fuck­ing sham­bles,” laughs gui­tarist Rory Clewlow. It’s no such sham­bles tonight, though. In fact, cou­pled with a per­for­mance from one of the most con­sis­tently stun­ning live bands in the coun­try, it’s a news­flash that The Spark (due out on Septem­ber 22) is un­doubt­edly go­ing to be one of the al­bums of year.and though one fan is ex­it­ing the venue with ma­jor onion breath tonight, 299 oth­ers are leav­ing with the knowl­edge that En­ter Shikari’s new al­bum – and sub­se­quent tour – will be sim­ply

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