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Website www.entershikari.com


Roughton "Rou" Reynolds

Liam "Rory" Clewlow

Chris Batten

Rob Rolfe

Enter Shikari (pronounced /ɛntɜr ʃɪkɑriː/) are a British post-hardcore band that make use of some synthesised sound effects. They formed in 2003 in St Albans, Hertfordshire where all four members are from, as an evolution from an earlier band, Hybryd. The band is named after one of the band member's relative's boats, called Shikari. Shikari also means 'Hunter', in Persian, Hindi, Nepali, Urdu and Punjabi.[1] Their debut album, Take to the Skies was released on March 19, 2007 and reached #4 in the Official UK Album Chart.


The band has managed to gain some success within the music industry despite turning down offers from many of the large record companies; instead, deciding to 'go it alone', they created their own independent record label Ambush Reality, with assistance from their distributor.

Hybryd, with Rou, Rob, Travis and Chris.During 2003 to 2004, the band released three demo EPs, that were available from their gigs and their website. In August 2006 they released the download-only single "Mothership" which became the single of the week on the iTunes store. Their first physical single featured re-recorded versions of "Sorry You're Not a Winner" and "OK Time for Plan B", which had previously been featured on one of the demo EPs. It was released on October 30, 2006 and was limited to 1000 copies of each format and sold out within the first week of release. In mid January 2007, Enter Shikari's first single, "Mothership" entered the UK singles chart for one week at number 151, on Downloads only. This was followed a week later by "Sorry You're Not a Winner/OK Time for Plan B", which charted at number 182 on the singles chart (despite its physical formats being chart ineligible at the band's request) and number 146 in the Download Chart.

They also made the NME's "New Noise 2007", a list of the bands it considers most likely to achieve success in the coming year (previous years lists have included the likes of Arcade Fire, Hot Chip and Bloc Party).

The next single released was "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour", on March 5, 2007. This was the band's first single to be released from their forthcoming debut album. It contained a re-recorded version of the song "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour". It reached 27 in the Official UK chart. The band's debut album, Take to the Skies, was released on March 19 2007 and on March 25 it reached number 4 in the UK Official Album Charts. It contained re-recordings of many of the songs that had featured on the demo EPs and singles that were released prior to the release of the album.

During the month of March, 2007 it was announced they would be playing at, Download Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Give it a Name, Glastonbury Festival, Oxegen festival in Ireland and Rock am Ring in Germany. On March 30, 2007, Enter Shikari announced that their next single would be "Jonny Sniper"[2] and would be released on June 18th. The song's video was premiered on May 21st.

On June 6, 2007 they performed a live show on BBC Radio 1 for Zane Lowe at BBC Radio Theatre.

They played an eleven date headline tour in October/November 2007 including their biggest ever headline gig in the 4,921 capacity Carling Academy Brixton. The band released a compilation album titled The Zone on November 12

In November, 2007, Rou reported that his laptop containing ideas for the new album and his side project Routron5000 was stolen backstage from the Camden Electric Ballroom gig on 7th November 2007. The laptop was recovered according to an interview with Kerrang magzine in which Rou himself stated "The laptop had been found but the person who had it asked to remain anonymous."[citation needed].

Enter Shikari have performed over 500 gigs to date.[3] and played on the Gibson/MySpace stage at 2006's Download Festival in November 4, 2006. Enter Shikari started their first North America tour. This followed into three more North American tours.

In January 2008, Enter Shikari performed in Australia and New Zealand for the first time as part of the Big Day Out Festival. The band also did a number of side-shows in Australia, including 2 sold out shows at the Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne.

They are to play at Projekt Revolution in Milton Keynes on June 29, 2008, alongside Linkin Park, Jay-Z, N*E*R*D, The Bravery and Pendulum.

They recently announced via email to members that there will be a 2008 UK & Ireland tour at the end of the year.[citation needed]

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