Enter Shikari 4/1/12
The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Words/Photos by Jakob Ross
Enter Shikari Let All Hell Break Loose in Atlanta
Enter Shikari are impossible to put into one genre. If music were a Linnaean system of classification, Enter Shikari would have its own Kingdom. They combine elements of post-hardcore groups like Refused and Every Time I Die with the political influence of Atari Teenage Riot and the electronic backbeat of The Prodigy with a little dubstep thrown in for good measure.
A few weeks ago, I won tickets to see the group by answering the question “What were Enter Shikari known as before they changed their name to Enter Shikari?” A quick Wikipedia search told me that they were known as Hybryd, and whaddaya know, I was the first to comment the right answer.
So as the sun set on a warm Georgia spring day, my father and I made the two-hour trip to The Masquerade, where I saw Fishbone about 2 and a half months earlier. They played the “Hell” stage and, as always, it was packed. Rapper Wale was playing the “Heaven” stage upstairs, so whenever Shikari finished a song, everyone could hear the beat of the rap music coming from upstairs.
We arrived at the Masquerade and got our tickets from Will Call just as Shikari were playing their opening song “System…” followed by “…Meltdown.”
I’m not sure what their exact setlist was, but I’m pretty sure that was followed by “The Feast,” which flowed right into “The Jester.” Afterwards came “Sorry, You’re Not A Winner,” and then came “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi” which is hands-down my favorite song. I knew from that moment that I would not just stand around in the side area of the venue, which is where we migrated to when we arrived. I ran into the pit just as lead singer Rou Reynolds was screaming the intro to the song.
One thing that the audience noticed is that drummer Rob Rolfe was not behind the kit. Rou explained “5 days ago, the post came. I got my visa, [guitarist] Rory got his visa, and [bassist] Chris got his visa, but Rob didn’t.” Behind the kit was a young lad named Steve who learned the entire set the day before the show. If it weren’t for him, the show would have been cancelled.
After “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi,” I knew I would not want to leave that pit. I had some unresolved issues with the human race that I need to let out in the mosh pit. Speaking of the pit, throughout the show a handful of gentlemen made their way into the mosh pit and did what can only be described as violent breakdancing. It looked like their demons were being exorcised right then and there, and anyone without 5 feet would surely have been hit by their Tasmanian devil fists. By the end of the show I was covered in the sweat of a bunch of dudes and had effectively let out my anger.
Enter Shikari put on a phenomenal show, I must say. When the combination breakdown/bass drop hit, the crowd turned into a pack of wildebeests on a stampede. And I am proud to say I was a part of that stampede. The venue may be small, but Enter Shikari made the absolute best of it: They climbed on equipment, jumped into the crowd, crowd surfed a ton of times, and left quite an impression on the unsuspecting Atlanta crowd.
Not only did they put on a great show, but the banter between the the guitarist, singer, and bassist is fantastic. They spent a whole five minutes after “Gandhi Mate, Gandhi” just talking and trying to fix all the stuff they’d broken (this was only the 6th song in the setlist).
After they finished their set, the people wanted more. I heard chants like “One more song!”, “Four more songs!,” “Six more songs!,” “Ten more songs!,” and the ever-popular “One more Steve!,” referring to the fill-in drummer. They ended up settling on two songs for the encore, their self-titled track and “Sssnakepit.”
I don’t always go to free shows, but when I do, they are always worth the zero dollars I spent on them. And this one would have been worth 50 dollars.
“There are approximately 627,000 in an average human’s life,” said Reynolds towards the end of the show. “Thank you for spending 1, 2, 3 of those hours with us tonight.”
3. The Feast
4. The Jester
5. Sorry, You’re Not a Winner
6. Gandhi Mate, Gandhi
8. Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide
9. Havoc B
12. Search Party
15. Arguing with Thermometers
16. Enter Shikari
Note: The second video cuts short at the end because some jerk bumped into me and I accidentally pressed a button of some sort. My apologies.