You heard it right, Hertfordshire's most fabled Electro Post-Hardcore sons have slotted in at #3 on the UK album charts, marking a fourth album to debut in the top 5 and this time it's even more personal.
What with Fall Out Boy and Mark Ronson doing extremely well in the charts with new releases, and the acknowledgement that this feat is another triumph in the continuing mission to slip pigeonhole-avoiding, socially-conscious music into the mainstream, things can only stay on course from hereon in.
We say it's personal, well just look at some of the track names: "Anaesthetist" and "Never Let Go of the Microscope" pointing towards the NHS and the obvious "The Bank of England"; is Enter Shikari possibly Post-Hardcore's answer to The Clash or more aptly the Sex Pistols in terms of attitude?
Whatever attitude the St.Albans crew want to exhibit, it will only shift a gear on tour. But before that Enter Shikari will be embarking on a brace of Instore Signings this week :
12pm – HMV Southampton
5:00pm – HMV Brighton Churchill
12pm – HMV Birmingham Bullring
5:30pm – HMV Manchester
5:30pm – Rise Records, Bristol
And their Europe / UK tour commences in Paris on 2nd February and ends with two SOLD OUT shows at London’s 3000-capacity Camden Roundhouse at the end of the month.
Full dates can be found at: http://www.entershikari.com/shows
“A textural, psychedelic, electronic take on folky pop” - Dummy
“‘Crescent Moon’ was a melancholic electro-pop moment” - Notion
“There's something uncanny, something otherworldly about the music Labyrinth Ear create.” – Clash
"Makers of melancholic electro-pop from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, brought together by mutual tastes" - i-D “The duo [is] darkening their mystical, undulate patterns' tones and taking a further step towards Purity Ring’s haunting magic.” - The 405
London electronic duo Labyrinth Ear have recently announced that their debut album 'The Orchid Room' will be released on 22nd September. They will also release a deluxe edition of the album in the UK on the same day with exclusive new tracks, including LA producer Kauf's euphoric remix of lead single 'Lorna'.
They have just revealed the new video for album highlight 'Marble Eyes', which teams mysteriously eerie, fairy-tale imagery with the band's hazy blend of electronic pop.
Check it out here
Pre-order it here.
Brit rocker Hannah Lou Clark has released her debut single via Gravy Records / Quatre Femmes Records and can be heard here.
Stereogum call it: "A study in nervous energy and restraint"
‘Silent Type’ is the title track from Hannah’s debut EP, which will be released 24/11/14. The EP has been written and recorded whilst living above a Quaker meeting house, taking inspiration from the bizarre intensity of the silent worship happening below. Fond of writers like Charles Bukowski and Billy Childish, Hannah’s lyrics - much like their soundtrack - can be confrontational, and raw, with occasional intent to cause discomfort.
“They’re twisted...” she confesses, pausing until the silence becomes awkward, “...pop songs.”
"The Tallest Peak" is an experiment in poly-rhythms, with two loops phasing in 5/8 against 3/4 over a steady pulse, the whole song is essentially phased variations of the same key idea, it develops steadily towards the end for one final refrain.
Having been completed in the shortest timescale to-date (around 4 days in total), and only 3 days before release; "The Tallest Peak" is a re-visit to some more melancholy themes presented in May's "Porcelain".
Lyrically it spans vocalist, Jon Sinfield's continued grieving process, coupled with the effects of holding down shift work while pushing towards an application to become a teacher this coming year.
Stream & Purchase the new single, The Tallest Peak here:
Or listen to it below!
Guitarist, Tom Ridley says:
“Since the album format was conceived, the way in which music is made, sold and consumed has completely changed. Businesses battle to stay in the public eye, but bands are committed to the peaks and troughs of awareness that come with the album cycle. The other problem with that system, is by the time the music is heard, it’s already out of date. By releasing music every month, we’re as relevant as we possibly can be – our audience is listening to what inspired us just a couple of weeks ago. That’s a really cool position to be in.”
2013 has proven to be a successful year for the youthful Southend rockers Crash Mansion, having snapped up a deal with Transcend Music, released their latest EP "Live For Something" as well as gracing the Jägermeister Acoustic Stage at Download. Furthermore as the lads look forward to supporting Stormbringer (https://www.facebook.com/events/239565636200946/?source=1) there is a real buzzing sense amongst the Essex music scene in that they are sure to deliver another sensational year, as 2014 beckons the young lads look to progress on amendments (Phil Maher had replaced Adam Dougan) and yet we could see them potentially begin the task of wielding their first album, watch this space.....
Already taking Israel by storm, this unsigned Israel-based sextet are sure to make their sound well and truly heard across the world in 2014. Considered to be a more melodic and more powerful form of Evanescence, EarlyRise unleashed their debut album 2 years ago and for sure some people will think that that they are in overtime in regards to delivering their second album, therefore 2014 beckons to be the year this lusciously-sounding lot deliver that one song that will push them forward. 2013 proved to be a good year for the six-piece especially with their cover of Korn's 'Narcissistic Cannibal' reaching 1 million views on YouTube. Of course Israel is not generally well acknowledged on the rock map, so this is the time for EarlyRise to change that.
Whipping together genres that stand so far apart is never easy, but time and time again a band goes the extra mile and does it spot on. Poised to make 2014 a big year for themselves is four-piece Sixtyfours whose infectious mix of rock, hip-hop and euro-dance is sublime to say the least. Their 2013 single 'All On You' featuring also the song 'My Sound' proved to be a hit amongst the media critics and as they plan their next musical assault, Sixtyfours could easily find themselves wound up at either Reading, Download or Leeds festival next year, they are that ready. Pumping out the rock 'n' rave is definitely on their plans, could they be the answer to the saturating rock scene?