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Enter Shikari Announce North American Tour Dates
March 18, 2010
U.K. juggernauts Enter Shikari, known for an eclectic sound that audaciously melds hardcore punk with pulse-pumping drum'n'bass and dark, gut-churning dubstep, are set to join A Day To Remember, August Burns Red and Silverstein on the North American TourSick Tour starting March 30th in Ft Lauderdale, FL. A number of dates are already sold out. The band will then join the Vans Warped Tour from June 24-July 18th.

The band's latest release, 'Common Dreads' (which debuted at #7 in the UK) is the follow-up to the gold-certified debut 'Take To The Skies' -- which also debuted in the UK top 10, earning the band headlining gigs and regular spots on the major worldwide festival circuit. The band's most recent U.K. headline tour culminated with a triumphant show in front of over 5000 fans at the Hammersmith Apollo.

'Common Dreads' is available digitally in the United States via the band's own imprint Ambush Reality in partnership with DGC/Interscope Records. The physical release will be available in all Hot Topic stores beginning April 13th. Fans can also purchase the album at all shows as well as from the band's merch store.

For the latest album, the group headed to the isolated Isle Of Wight and holed-up at Arreton Manor studio for three months with veteran producer Andy Gray (U2, Tori Amos, Korn, Gary Numan). 'Common Dreads' is a 15-song soundtrack for an entire generation on a mission to define the era in which it was born: one of recession, paranoia, state control and the fallout of decades of accelerated capitalism; and on the other side, an era of hope, creativity, humanity, hedonism, irreverence and fun. "Politics are unavoidable," explains lead vocalist Rou Reynolds. "We just can't write sappy music. Our first album was cryptic and metaphor-heavy, this one is more direct. Since we gained popularity, we realized, whether we like it or not, we have the ability to influence people--and with that is a responsibility to speak our minds." Common Dreads' is destined to unite the tribes, divide the critics and thoroughly satisfy anyone who has witnessed the mad live spectacle that is Enter Shikari.

For more information on Enter Shikari, visit: www.entershikari.com, www.myspace.com/shikari or visit the band's YouTube page at www.youtube.com/ambushreality for videos and more.

Catch Enter Shikari on the TourSick Tour with A Day To Remember, August Burns Red, Silverstein and more:
3/31 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
4/01 - Tampa, FL - Ritz
4/02 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
4/03 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
4/04 - Charlotte, NC - Amos
4/05 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
4/06 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (SOLD OUT)
4/07 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory (SOLD OUT)
4/08 - Sayreville,NJ - Starland Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
4/09 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre (SOLD OUT)
4/10 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre (SOLD OUT)
4/12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
4/13 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
4/14 - Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
4/15 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak
4/16 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
4/17 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's (SOLD OUT)
4/18 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
4/19 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
4/20 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
4/21 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Garrick Events Centre
4/23 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite
4/24 - Calgary, Alberta - Macewan Hall
4/26 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
4/27 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
4/28 - Portland, OR - Roseland
4/29 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
4/30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
5/01 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
5/02 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
5/03 - Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
5/05 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
5/06 - Las Vegas, NV - Rock The Block
5/07 - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air
5/08 - Denver, CO - Gothic
5/10 - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Cain's
5/11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
5/12 - San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
5/13 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
5/14 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
5/16 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues

On Vans Warped Tour:
June 24 - July 18
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Alesana Kicks Off Tour This Week
September 2, 2009
Screamo rockers, Alesana are taking their live show back on the road, as they kick off their U.S. tour in Nashville, TN this week. The Vs. Tour, sponsored by Rocktstar Energy Drink, also features support from The Bled, Enter Shikari, Asking Alexandria and Broadway, with Madina Lake on select dates.

The Raleigh, NC six-piece has just finished recording new album, 'The Emptiness', with producer Kris Crummett (Fear Before, Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance) in Portland, OR. 'The Emptiness' is set for release in January 2010.

Full dates for the tour are as follows:
09/04 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
09/05 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
09/06 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
09/07 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
09/08 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
09/09 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
09/10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty's North
09/11 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
09/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
09/13 - Lemont, IL @ Jaguar Club
09/14 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
09/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
09/16 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
09/17 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic Club
09/18 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners
09/19 - Erie, PA @ Forward Hall
09/20 - Altoona, PA @ The Eldolyn Terrace
09/21 - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
09/22 - So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
09/23 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
09/24 - South Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
09/25 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
09/26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
09/27 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
09/28 - Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
09/29 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
09/30 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
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Blessthefall Kick Off U.S. Tour With August Burns Red
July 9, 2009
Christian emo rockers, Blessthefall, are back, and ready to tear up your town on tour this summer! The Phoenix, AZ quintet kick off their U.S. tour with fellow christcore band August Burns Red this week, with support from Enter Shikari, All Shall Perish and Iwrestledabearonce. Following the U.S. dates, the band will head south for their first headlining tour of South America.

Full dates for blessthefall's summer tour are as below:

U.S. Dates:
07/09 - Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club*
07/10 - Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
07/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Balroom
07/12 - Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
07/13 - Akron, OH @ Musica
07/14 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
07/15 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
07/16 - Madison, WI @ The Loft
07/17 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*
07/18 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
07/19 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep*
07/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
07/22 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
07/23 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
07/24 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
07/25 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
07/26 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
07/27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
07/29 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
07/30 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
07/31 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
08/01 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
08/02 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
08/03 - Lawrence, Kansas @ Granada Theater*
08/04 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
08/05 - Louisville, KY @ Club Oasis
08/06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
08/07 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
08/08 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

* = Headline shows

South American Dates:
08/15 -Bogota, Columbia @ Teatro La Mamma
08/16 -Lima, Peru @ La Noche
08/19 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @Super Rock
08/20 - Santiago, Chile @Galphon Victor Jara
08/21 -Campinas, Brazil @Hammer Rock Bar
08/22 - Curitiba, Brazil @ Hanger Bar
08/23 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Inferno Club

The band will release their highly-anticipated new album, 'Witness', featuring new singer Beau Bokan in Fall 2009 via Fearless Records.
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Enter Shikari Set To Release 'Common Dreads'
June 4, 2009
UK based Enter Shikari have announced they will release 'Common Dreads' in the United States June 16. The follow up album to the band's debut, 'Take To The Skies', will be released digitally through iTunes and Amazon as well as through the band's merch store. In what fans have come to expect from the DIY quartet the music within 'Common Dreads' will still twist of Refused's screamo-punk, the everyday colloquial man-in-the-street chats of The Streets' Mike Skinner and nods towards The Prodigy, the most pumpin' drum & bass, the most euphoric of trance, Altern-8 and even some of the darkest of dubstep too. Influences and genres aside the album is destined to unite the tribes, divide the critics and thoroughly satisfy anyone who has witnessed the mad live spectacle that is Enter Shikari.

The question still remains, what are 'Common Dreads' exactly? "They're shared worries," says lead vocalist Rou Reynolds. "The things that concern people today on a global level catastrophic climate change, wars, terror laws, CCTV society, modern imperialism and the affects of capitalism." Enter Shikari fans will soon find solace from those everyday worries with the release of 'Common Dreads', available June 16th in digital format from iTunes and Amazon. And for the fans who would rather hold a physical copy in their hands, Enter Shikari has made Limited Edition bundles available through their merch store in both physical and digital formats.

Track Listing
1. Common Dreads
2. Solidarity
3. Step Up
4. Juggernauts
5. Wall
6. Zzzonked
7. Havoc A
8. No Sleep Tonight
9. Gap In The Fence
10. Havoc B
11. Antwerpen
12. The Jester
13 Halcyon
14. Hectic
15. Fanfare For The Conscious Man
16. All Eyes On The Saint (*iTunes exclusive)
16. Enter Shikari - live version (*merch store bonus on digital purchase)

For more information visit www.EnterShikari.com, and for a brief taste of what's in store from 'Common Dreads', check out the album teaser below.
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HOME TOWN: St Albans City / London Town, London and South East, United Kingdom
Rou Reynolds - Vocals / Electronics
Rob Rolfe - Drums
Chris Batten - Bass
Rory Clewlow - Guitar

Common Dreads is the new album by St. Albans-based quartet Enter Shikari. It was born in a back garden shed in St. Albans after a mental two years (we’ll get to that in a minute) in the lives of these young men. Here, during summer 2008, in a bungalow dubbed The Low built in bassist Chris Batten’s parents’ back garden, the words and music came together

The band then moved to Arreton Manor, a studio amongst the remote and picturesque rolling moors of the Isle Of Wight with producer Andy Gray (who has not only worked with U2, Korn and Tori Amos, but penned that ubiquitous Big Brother theme music). In this the rural seclusion that seems totally odds with the apoplectic and articulate squall of Common Dreads, our four plucky young heroes created a squall of political protest handily disguised as a club bangers and mosh-pit epics. The end result is a soundtrack for an entire generation – one where the party is as important as the politics.

Some are already suggesting Common Dreads will come define the era into which it was born: one of recession, paranoia, state control and the fallout of decades of accelerated capitalism. But – and this is important – also an era of hope and creativity, humanity, hedonism, irreverence and fun. This revolution may not be televised, but it will certainly be amplified. Just check out lead single ‘Juggernauts’, a song that is already eating it’s way through Britain’s radios and sending all the other songs running for cover.

“Politics are unavoidable,” says singer Rou Reynolds. “We just can’t write sappy music. Personally I can’t write limp soulless songs about how lovely a girl is. If the first album was quite cryptic and metaphor-heavy, this one is more direct. Since we gained popularity we realised, whether we like it or not, we have the ability to influence people – and with that is a responsibility to speak our minds.”

And what are Common Dreads exactly? “They’re shared worries,” says Rou. “The things that concern people today on a global level – catastrophic climate change, wars, terror laws, CCTV society, modern imperialism and the affects of capitalism.”

All of this may come as a shock to those who had Enter Shikari pegged as nothing but a lurid new band for the misunderstood Skins / ‘Broken Britain’ generation. Wrong. They were always more than that. But let’s not get too distracted by the politics – ‘Zzzonked’ is pure head-stoving drum ‘n’ bass metal madness with a double side order of donk while ‘The Jester’ is a wry, jazz-infused chooon with a stomping cocksure klaxon of a melody designed to destroy festival crowds. lt’s an album for the late 00s, basically; a big, bold record bursting at the seams with ideas.

Let’s put all this into context for a moment. Enter Shikari (the name comes from a boat that belonged to singer Rou Reynolds’ uncle) formed in 2003 in the quaint and historical home counties town of St Albans, just near enough to London to know something exciting lurked beyond the horizon, but too far away to run headlong into it.

They spent their formative years forging a sound that audaciously melded hardcore punk with hardcore rave/trance. And while media scenesters down the road were harping on about the fictional nu rave scene, Enter Shikari were out there doing something much more exciting. Something that hit a nerve.

Remember those early shows? We do. We remember the sweat and the smiles, the laser beams and the elegiac choruses. We remember the blur of flashing Shikari cygnet rings as somersaulting fists pumped the air; we remember the surges of serotonin up the spine into the lower cortex. We remember looking at the crowds and thinking: holy shit – this is a generational thing! We remember Tony Wilson telling Seymour Stein to check out Enter Shikari – and we remember his reaction: “You’re not a band - you’re a revolution.”

And it was. And it still is. And then things got hectic. In summer 2006 Enter Shikari packed out the MySpace tent at Download festival on reputation alone, and by November of that year had become only the second ever unsigned band to sell out the London Astoria. Two sold nights at the Hammersmith Palais followed shortly afterwards.

This all happened away from the patronage of any of the big record labels. Enter Shikari did it themselves – the old way. The DIY punk way. Which is why, despite plenty of offers, they decided to release their debut album Take To The Skies on their own Ambush Reality imprint. When it cruised in at No. 4 it became one of the most successful self-released rock albums ever. That’s ever.

Accolades came thick and fast: the NME John Peel Award for Innovation in 2007, Kerrang! Awards (including Best Live Band), with sales of their debut now pushing 250,000 worldwide and frankly silly statistics, like the one about their single ‘Sorry, You’re Not A Winner’ having clocked up 6.3million plays on YouTube.

And so onto Common Dreads then, an album whose politicised ‘people power’ beginnings were inspired by the band joining fellow St Albans’ residents to fight against Tesco when the supermarket chain unveiled plans to build a big new store on a green patch of land. “It was the first time we actively got involved in something like that,” smiles Rou. “And, collectively, we won.”

Musically, there are still twists of Refused’s screamo punk in there, but also the everyday colloquial man-in-the-street chats of The Streets’ Mike Skinner and nods towards The Prodigy, the most pumpin' drum & bass, the most euphoric of trance, Altern-8 and even some of the darkest of dubstep too. More than anything though Common Dreads is an album destined to unite the tribes, divide the critics and thoroughly satisfy anyone who has witnessed the mad live spectacle that is Enter Shikari.

“The main thing we stand for is unity,” concludes Rou. “Although it’s fair to say this is a political album, we’re aware that we don’t want to preach ideas - our only solution to today’s problems is to get together, share ideas and have fun. Because ultimately that’s the Enter Shikari way. You’re only young once, so positivity during dark times is as important to us as anything else.”

Get on it.