It’s Friday afternoon and Enter Shikari are currently in the lead for the race to top the UK Album Chart this week. Tom Doyle explains why we need A Flash Flood of Colour to reach #1.
“You’re a Communist, you’re a fucking Utopianist. Ah, here come the immersive labels.”
These are words spit out by Rou Reynolds on ‘Gandhi mate, Gandhi,’ the track that led the charge of Enter Shikari’s third studio full length A Flash Flood of Colour. It’s an outtake that demonstrates an acute self-awareness that you suspect many 26-year-olds in chart bothering acts lack. Y’see, once you’ve been labelled a political band, it’s a hard straitjacket to wriggle free from and how best to deploy their burgeoning sense of social injustice seems to have been a question in the minds of Shikari, and chief lyricist Reynolds since they burst onto the scene in 2005 backed by the most clamorous wave of hype that many of us could ever remember.