Enter Shikari are a cracking little band.
My enthusiasm for their albums 'Take To The Skies'
(2007) and 'Common Dreads' (2009) is undiminished.
'Tribalism' could have been a bit of a dog's dinner,
made up as it is of a mixture of remixes, live tracks
and a couple of new songs but somehow the boundless
energy of these young Hertforshire heavyweights binds
it all together into a coherent and resplendent whole.
Concert performances of 'Havoc', 'Labyrinth' and 'Hectic'
demonstrate that these lads can put it together on stage
just as well as they can in the studio. The recordings
capture the raw power of the experience with vivid intensity.
The live in Brixton take on 'Insomnia' is clearly a crowd-pleaser!
(Mr Reynolds roars like a man possessed by demons!)
Other highlights include the rumbustious Nero remix
of 'Juggernauts' which hurtles along at high speed
crushing anything foolish enough to get in its way
and The Quemists treatment of 'No Sleep Tonight'
which has a big, bad beat at its heart which needs to
be approached with caution (avoid it completely if there
are any symptoms of structural subsidence in your home!)
New song 'Tribalism' struts and staggers along magnificently.
The social commentary of its lyrics displays the kind of naive
anarchic charm which only the young can articulate with such
convincing vehemence. 'Thumper', too, spits out enough fire and
venom to shake their hometown of St Albans to its very roots!
Noisy, energetic and lots of fun 'Tribalism' is much
more than an afterthought. Long may the lions roar !