Tonight’s guest had a list of albums which he could’ve chosen but finally Ash settled on Enter Shikari – Take To The Skies (2007)
The album was Enter Shikaris debut album and peaked at #4 in the UK album charts, which for a band of this type is impressive. Ash presented the album in a way that we haven’t seen for a while and more focussed on the history attached to the album giving stories and annecdotes of days at college and profiteering from gigs.
Alongside this Ash compared the songs lyrics and musical style to that of his college life, stating that alot of the lyrics have a very “Chilled, relaxed, not a care in the world college days” attitude and sttates that the band too seem to have that sort of sounds, that they a re just a bunch of mates, making music they like because they want to and enjoying it.
Having heard on Enter Shikari before but not this album made it interesting to see where the band had originated musically and it was refreshing to hear such a varied album going from hard hitting fast hardcore to the more melodic tracks present later in the album. Overall I felt that the album was well produced, but not over produced and still retained a certain roughness and felt that that
this was a band that enjoyed what they had made and that too came across in the music. Plus any album with a Stingray reference for a track name has to be a winner right?
So the albums final rating was:
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - Seal Approved.
Track Listing Below:
- Intro – Stand Your Ground
- Enter Shikari
- Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour…
- No Sssweat
- Today Won’t Go Down in History
- Interlude 2
- Return to Energiser
- Interlude 3
- Sorry, You’re Not a Winner
- Interlude 4
- Jonny Sniper
- OK Time for Plan B