ENTER SHIKARI unveil details of their fourth studio album today, along with an extensive European and UK tour for early 2015.
‘THE MINDSWEEP’ will be released in the UK on Monday 19th January 2015, via Ambush Reality / Play It Again Sam, and is the result of a month spent at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire last spring, once again with Dan Weller in the producer’s chair.
The album’s twelve tracks were mixed by Jeremy Wheatley (The Vaccines, Dizzee Rascal, Sugababes, Bon Jovi) in London through summer 2014.
‘The Mindsweep’ comes almost exactly three years to the day after the the release of the band’s last full-length album, ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’.
On release, ‘… Flash Flood’ entered the UK midweek chart at #1 and continued the band’s journey both musically and physically, touring around the world at least twice during the album campaign and seeing large sold out shows in territories as far-flung as Russia, Indonesia and Weston-Super-Mare.
2013 saw Enter Shikari release three stand-alone singles (once again recorded with Dan Weller), headline the second stage at Download Festival, headline the UK Warped Tour at London’s 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace, and form an electronic alter-ego called Shikari Sound System to headline a stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals.
So far in 2014, the band have toured the USA as a main stage act on the legendary Warped Tour, played massive shows in Russia, performed at Reading & Leeds Festival and are currently on a short tour of Central / Eastern Europe.
Not bad for a ‘year off’.
On the subject of ‘The Mindsweep’, vocalist Rou Reynolds had this to say;
“We pushed ourselves vocally with some of the rawest angriest vocals we’ve ever done as well as some of the most dulcet and delicate. It’s even more diverse than normal as we’ve built more confidence and fearlessness to widen our influences further. Melody and aggression will always be an important side of what we do, but with this album there was also a concerted effort to concentrate on texture too. Alongside the core of our guitar, bass, drums, electronics set-up, there’s so much new instrumentation and orchestration. Writing for and recording woodwind, brass and strings was so rewarding and really felt like it brought a new dimension to the music.
Just can’t wait to play these songs live now!”
1. The Appeal & The Mindsweep I
2. The One True Colour
4. The Last Garrison
5. Never Let Go Of The Microscope
7. Torn Apart
9. The Bank Of England
10. There’s A Price On Your Head
11. Dear Future Historians…
12. The Appeal & The Mindsweep II
Enter Shikari kicks of 2015 with touring across Europe and the UK. Their first protracted period of headline touring since spring 2013 (their only UK headline show of 2014 was a hometown-ish show at Hatfield Forum that sold out of its 1600 tickets within 3 hours of going on sale).
TICKETS AND ALBUM PRE-ORDERS GO ON SALE AT
FROM MIDDAY THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER
FRI 09 BRUSSELS, BE – AB BOX
SAT 10 AMSTERDAM, NE – MELKWEG
SUN 11 HEREFORD, DE – X
WED 14 NUREMBERG, DE – HIRSCH
THU 15 BERLIN, DE – KESSELHAUS
MON 02 PARIS, FR – LA CIGALE
TUE 03 SOLOTHURN, CH – KOFMEAL
WED 04 LYON, FR – TRANSBORDEUR
THU 05 MILAN, IT – MAGAZZINI GENERALI
SAT 07 LEIPZIG, DE – HELLRAISER
SUN 08 VIENNA, AUT – ARENAN
MON 09 MUNICH, DE – MUFFATHALLE
TUE 10 WUERZBURG, DE – POSTHALLE
WED 11 COLOGNE, DE – LIVE MUSIC HALL
FRI 13 HAMBURG, DE – DOCKS
SAT 14 FRANKFURT, DE – BATSCHKAPP
MON 16 PORTSMOUTH, UK – PYRAMIDS
TUE 17 CARDIFF, UK – YPLAS
WED 18 WOLVERHAMPTON, UK – CIVIC
FRI 20 MANCHESTER, UK – ACADEMY
SAT 21 GLASGOW, UK – BARROWLAND
SUN 22 MIDDLESBROUGH, UK – TOWN HALL
TUE 24 CAMBRIDGE, UK – CORN EXCHANGE
WED 25 NORWICH, UK – UEA
THUR 26 LONDON, UK – ROUNDHOUSE
ENTER SHIKARI are:
Rou Reynolds (Vocals / Electronics / Trumpet / Guitar)
Rory Clewlow (Guitar / Vocals)
Chris Batten (Bass / Vocals)
Rob Rolfe (Drums / Percussion / Vocals)