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Live + Photos: Enter Shikari @ London Borderline – 26 February 2009

March 4th, 2009

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With details released to mailing list members before anyone else, it’s not a push to suggest that this 200ish-capacity venue was rammed full of the hardest core of Enter Shikari fans.

Tonight is, of course, all about the fans. By showcasing a selection of new songs from forthcoming second album, Common Dreads, the Hertfordshire hardcore-dance crossover merchants are ensuring that they remain as close to the hearts of their fans as they ever have been.

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The only Grammys that count

February 9th, 2009

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In the midst of all these festival announcements, there’s been a little old thing called The Grammys taking place in the US of A. And unlike the rubbish mainstream music awards over here in Blighty, where heavy metal’s only nod comes from cursory nominations for Iron Maiden and AC/DC, the Americans aren’t ashamed to have awards for rock and heavy metal alongside all that pop music malarky.

Which is why it’s such a shame that they’ve balls’d it up so royally this year.

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2008 into 2009: Gama Bomb

December 12th, 2008

Gama Bomb might well be the best thrashers to come out of Ireland… ever. Joe McGuigan is the self-proclaimed “leader of the futuristic warriors hell-bent on destroying Fightstar.” He is also the bassist of the gumby troupe.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Releasing our ace new tape, Citizen Brain and doing over 60 shows in Europe. Touring with Exodus and shoving petrol-covered rags down the gullet of non-believers.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Errrm, doing over 60 shows in Europe. Nah, nothing bad has happened to the band – it’s been an amazing year. Me? I think I hit my wee toe off the door last month.

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