Even a band as resolutely committed to forward motion as ENTER SHIKARI sometimes has to pause to take stock and review the ground they’ve covered. The 10 year anniversary of the release of debut album Take To The Skies seems as good a time as any.
Recorded in Reading, England by the band while still in their teens on a budget of “not very much at all”, the album has gone on to sell 140,000+ copies in the UK alone, and in a very short space of time took Enter Shikari from a young band touring the small / medium sized clubs of the UK to big venues and festival main stages worldwide.
In spring 2017, The band will be taking time out from work on their fifth “proper” album to perform a handful of shows worldwide over the space of a couple of months or so celebrating the anniversary of Take To The Skies. Large shows in the UK (the band headlines 2017’s Slam Dunk Festival across three cities) and Russia (including Enter Shikari’s biggest Russian show to date, headlining the 8,000 capacity Moscow Stadium) have already been announced, and now it’s the turn of USA and Canada.
The band will undertake a relatively brief tour of North America in March 2017, taking in some of their favorite cites and venues from their time touring the country previously.
Frontman / vocalist Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject of the tour: “We’re glad we were able to include North America in the plans for the 10th anniversary shows, as we’ve been making the track across the Atlantic regularly since the album’s release, and there’s a lot of people still coming to shows today that have been with us since the very start. We’ll never write another album like Take To The Skies, as Enter Shikari isn’t really a band that looks backwards, but to be celebrating the decade anniversary of our debut album feels insane. It’s going to be a celebration of that album rather than being the clichéd “play the album front-to-back”.
But, as this is a special occasion, it’s important for us to recognise the importance of this album to us, and for the family of people who have supported us since those early days. On a purely selfish note, I cannot wait to play some of the tracks we haven’t played since 2007, or even ever!
The fact that we get to reminisce and relive tracks we recorded so long ago, and that are still held dear by so many, is something I could have never anticipated back then and fills me with appreciation for everyone that has supported this band over the years.”
March 10th – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
March 11th – San Diego, CA – Soma
March 12th – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
March 13th – Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
March 14th – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
March 15th – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
March 17th – Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
March 18th – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
March 19th – Toronto, ON – Opera House
March 21st – Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
March 22nd – Boston, MA – Paradise
March 23rd – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 24th – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
March 25th – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
March 26th – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
March 28th – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 30th – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
March 31st – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
April 1st – Dallas, TX – Trees