Enter Shikari Biography
Post-hardcore outfit Enter Shikari formed in Hertfordshire, England in 2003. Founded from the remnants of the group Hybryd, the original lineup was comprised of vocalist Rou Reynolds, guitarist Liam "Rory" Clewlow, bassist Chris Batten, and drummer Rob Rolfe. In June 2003 Enter Shikari issued the demo EP Nodding Acquaintance, which they sold at gigs and via their website. The success of two additional self-released EPs, Sorry, You're Not a Winner and 2004's Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour, further developed their growing fan base and cemented the band's decision to go it alone, rejecting the overtures of major labels. As Enter Shikari continued their relentless live schedule, they also embraced the social networking website MySpace, in 2006 securing a spot on the Gibson/MySpace stage at the annual Download Festival. That same summer, the group founded its own record label, Ambush Reality, and issued the digital-only single "Mothership," which was named Single of the Week by Apple's iTunes retail storefront. At year's end, Enter Shikari were just the second unsigned band to sell out the famed London Astoria. In March 2007, they issued their first proper LP, Take to the Skies, which entered the British Top Five on the strength of the smash single "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour." In April of 2009 the single "Juggernauts" announced the coming of their second album, Common Dreads, which appeared in June of that year. The band set out on tour at home and abroad before settling down in Bangkok, Thailand to work on new material with producer (and former SikTh guitarist) Dan Weller in 2011. Their third album, A Flash Flood of Colour, was released in early 2012.
They were first signed to In At The Deep End Records followed by United By Fate Records(UK) / Distort Inc (Canada). They are currently signed to Century Media records. Architects released their debut album Nightmares in May 2006. Have toured with the likes of Sikth, Beecher, Johnny Truant and The Chariot. They embarked on a UK headline tour with The Gorgeous as support, January 2007. This was the last tour with singer Matt Johnson who was replaced by Sam Carter for the new album which was recorded in March and April 2007 and released on the 25 June 2007.
They then appeared as main support on the series of ‘Death of the Weekday’ minifests headlined by Sikth. Architects are endorsed by ESP guitars and Peavey amps, Sabian Cymbals and Mapex Drums. They recently set out on tour as support for Bring Me the Horizon, playing with such bands as The Break In, Honour Among Thieves, Your Demise, The Chariot and others.
They have recently released a split EP with Dead Swans and have just completed touring the UK in support of it. After releasing a re-recorded version of To The Death they announced that they would be signing to the Century Media record label. They finished recording their next full length, titled “Hollow Crown”, which released on Century Media in January 2009. They then embarked on a supporting tour for A Day to Remember and played in the US with artists such as Between the Buried and Me. Underoath and blessthefall . An October UK headline tour with Devil Sold His Soul and Norma Jean awaits, with the recording of their fourth studio album “The here and now” completed, it was released in January 2011.