"Sit back and witness sheer chaos/You can't keep track of the hell we raise," Enter Shikari vocalist Rou Reynolds rightfully states in "Rabble Rouser," which is from the band's new studio album The Spark. Much like the band's previous albums, there's a sense of maturity in the 11 track release. Lyrically, political events such as Brexit and Trump's election set the spark (no pun intended) for some of the band's most engaging lyrics ever.
On Saturday, the band made their way to Rough Trade NYC for their first of two record release shows in North America. The sold out crowd was eager to finally hear some of the new material live, and the band didn't disappoint. "Take My Country Back" flourished with Rou's cries of "Don't wanna take my country back/ I wanna take my country forward", which was bookended by the frontman blaring on the trumpet. "Undercover Agents", which deals with the negative aspects of social media, has the potential to become a live staple for years to come. "Rabble Rouser" found bassist Chris Batten working the synthesizer while "Live Outside" had Rou bouncing around in the exuberant crowd.
Even though Enter Shikari promoted the new album, they did throw in some fan favorites. The group kicked off their performance with the cuts "Redshift" and "The Last Garrison" before visiting their debut album Take to the Skies for "Labyrinth" midway through the set.
Starting on Nov. 16, Enter Shikari will embark on an European tour in support of the record with stops at the Victoria Warehouse, Barclaycard Arena, and Alexandra Palace. Tickets are on sale right now to the general public.
Enter Shikari setlist
The Last Garrison
Take My Country Back
Enter Shikari tour dates
Nov. 16 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena (click here for tickets)
Nov. 17 - Cardiff, UK - Motorpoint Arena (click here for tickets)
Nov. 18 - Nottingham, UK - Motorpoint Arena (click here for tickets)
Nov. 19 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Arena (click here for tickets)
Nov. 21 - Manchester, UK - Victoria Warehouse (click here for tickets)
Nov. 22 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Centre (click here for tickets)
Nov. 24 - Birmingham, UK - Barclaycard Arena (click here for tickets)
Nov. 25 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace (click here for tickets)
Nov. 29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Afas Live
Dec. 1 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
Dec. 2 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Dec. 3 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium
Dec. 5 - Hamburg, Germany - Mehr Theatre
Dec. 6 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
Dec. 7 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
Dec. 8 - Warsaw, Poland - Proxima
Dec. 11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Dec. 12 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle