Enter Shikari announce new album, ‘A Kiss For The Whole World’, to be released on 21st April via SO Recordings / Ambush Reality.
As well as the album announcement today (12th Jan) the band have also shared the lead single from it, ‘(Pls) Set Me On Fire’ as well as releasing dates for some upcoming gigs this Spring/Summer.
Special Ltd edition copies of the album are going to be issued which will include the Live From Alexandra Palace 3 album & DVD, which was recorded live in December 2021 at the band’s sold out 10,000 capacity London show.
It’s been some 3 years now since Enter Shikari last released an album ‘Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’ which charted at number 2 in the UK charts.
Like all musicians, the band have found it hard during recent years, not being able to gig and tour and connect with their fans in the way they would wish.
“At the time it felt like we ourselves, as musicians, were experiencing the death of our band,” says lead vocalist and keyboardist Rou Reynolds.
The band found their mojo post pandemic when they headlined the Download Festival Pilot in front of 10,000 fans. The set list while it contained no new material, did spark a realisation that the band very much had more to give and so was born the band’s seventh LP:
“I just didn’t realise that the human and physical connection to other people were so central to how I write,” Reynolds later commented of that time.
As the new single ‘(pls) set me on fire’ is released it undoubtedly marks the next chapter in this incredible band’s evolution.
The lyrics to ‘Please set me on fire” evoke visions of a spark inside that’s just been lit to incite a new excitement of great things to come!
Reynolds has commented of the new single:
“Honestly, I thought I was f*****. I’ve never felt so detached from my soul, my purpose, my f****** spirit. I didn’t write music for almost two years. The longest I’d gone before that was two weeks. I was broken. It’s almost as if my brain had asked: “What is the point in music if it cannot be shared? What is the point in writing music if it’s not to be experienced with others?” and then promptly switched itself off. ‘(pls) set me on fire’ grew out of that desperation. This song is a projectile vomit of positive energy. Every emotion trapped inside me for two years, finally set free.“
In the spring of 2022 the band headed to rural Chichester, and a delipidated old farmhouse, to rebuild their studio setup on which to capture to their new music. Using only solar power to track the album, in what Reynolds says was to “bring back some sense of naivety” – the life-giving properties and Technicolor palate of A Kiss For The Whole World were made real.
“Back to basics. This band – my best friends – bundled into an old farmhouse, miles away from anywhere. Off-grid, and ready to rediscover ourselves. This album is powered by the sun, the most powerful object in our solar system. And I think you can tell. It’s a collection of songs that represent an explosive reconnection with what Enter Shikari is. The beginning of our second act”.
Listen to ‘(Pls) Set Me On Fire’ here now
You can Pre-order A Kiss For The Whole World here: https://www.entershikari.com/store
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