Interview: Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari) 'I didn't just want to be making loud angry music, you had to be angry for a reason'
Trancecore pioneers prepare to lay waste to the UK on quadraphonic 2016 tour
This article is from 2016.
Enter Shikari were last seen in Scotland terrorising the Radio 1 stage at T in the Park last year, mashing together punk, metal, drum & bass and pounding trance for a vicious amalgam of hardcore and jungle beats. They met at primary school in Hertforshire, and originally started as an alternative rock act. 'We were trying to be Muse,' laughs frontman Rou Reynolds.
Over time the band has drawn on a wider range of influences. 'I grew up on Northern soul and Motown, then discovered my local hardcore punk scene, then going into London and hearing all kinds of dance music, watching dubstep grow from its very early days. We always felt a bit downhearted by how people would define their whole lives around one specific niche genre when there's such a wide range of music out there.'
Beyond music Enter Shikari are renowned for their socially conscious lyrics calling for unity and environmental change. Reynolds is an eloquent interviewee happily quoting Naomi Klein and discussing political ideology. 'I didn't just want to be making loud angry music that was just loud and angry, you had to be angry for a reason.'
Their 2016 tour should be even more of an onslaught than usual. 'We're doing quadraphonic sound,' explains Reynolds. 'It'll be this disorientating effect where there will be sounds coming from all directions, so we're having to rewrite all the electronics for four outputs rather than just stereo, so there's a lot of work to be done.'
Enter Shikari play O2 Academy, Glasgow, Thu 18 Feb; Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Fri 19 Feb.