As I get myself in gear for the upcoming and rapidly approaching NY Comic Con, I was glad to see a few tour announcements since that leaves some good stuff for the readers while we are running around the Javits Center. I’m going to try and get some things queued up just the same so you don’t think I forgot about you. Anyway, here is the skinny from the band Enter: Shikari.
The Press Release:
Marking their highest debut on the UK album charts at #5, British rock mavericks ENTER SHIKARI have delivered their most critically-acclaimed and genre-bursting album, THE SPARK (release date: Sept. 22, 2017 via Play it Again Sam/Ambush Reality). In the U.S., it debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Current Alternative Album Chart.
Enter Shikari launched their North American campaign with a sold-out show at NYC’s Rough Trade on Saturday, September 30th and intimate, acoustic performances with Paste and Billboard (the band plays Hard Luck in Toronto, ON tonight). On the heels of this surge, the band has announced their North American tour in support of the album. Kicking off on January 19, 2018 at Austin’s The Mohawk, the tour will circle around the continent including shows in Orlando (1/22 @ The Social), DC (1/28 @ 9:30 Club), Brooklyn (2/2 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg) and Toronto (2/6 @ Lee’s Palace). Tickets go on sale Friday, October 6 at 12:00pm Local Time. (full tour dates below).
Enter Shikari “Rabble Rouser”
Their most personal and musically expansive album to date, The Spark, has been lauded on both sides of the Atlantic, with Alternative Press calling it “anthemic and authentic” and NME citing this as “Rou’s tempestuous tribute to a world on fire.” Produced by David Kosten (Everything Everything, Bat For Lashes), the album continues to surprise and excite the media, with Punktastic proclaiming “There’s no other band quite like Enter Shikari.”
Born from a volatile combination of a world spinning on its axis due to Brexit, Trump, and terrorism along with a more personalized trauma of panic attacks and self-medicating, The Spark dives deeper into the exploration of social issues that has been Enter Shikari’s lifeblood for nearly a decade now and giving it a much more personal angle. The Spark is a soundtrack to our tumultuous world, a record for everyone who’s filled with frustration but hasn’t lost the capacity for hope.
The Tour Dates:
1/19/2018: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
1/20/2018: Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
1/22/2018: Orlando, FL @ The Social
1/23/2018: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/25/2018: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
1/26/2018: Raleigh, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
1/27/2018 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House
1/28/2018 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
1/30/2018 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
2/2/2018 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
2/3/2018 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
2/5/2018 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
2/6/2018 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
2/8/2018 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Hall
2/9/2018 Chicago, IL @ Metro
2/10/2018 St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Hall
2/11/2018 Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid Cabaret
2/13/2018 Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth
2/14/2018 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Ballroom
2/16/2018 Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
2/17/2018 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
2/18/2018 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
2/20/2018 Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
2/23/2018 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
2/24/2018 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
2/25/2018 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
2/27/2018 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I must admit that I don’t know as much about Enter: Shikari as I might like to but I was listening to “The Spark” as I was cobbling this tour announcement narrative together. It’s a really interesting sound and sort of reminds me of the New Wave that I used to enjoy some years ago. I’d go and check them out if I can arrange the schedule for their NYC date in February. So what do you readers think of this one? Is this a band that you have some interest in and might want to support during a live show? Let me know in the comments section below. See you next time.