Enter Shikari
Rat Race


4.0
excellent

Review

by NoSons USER (26 Reviews)
November 16th, 2013 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As far as I can see we've only just begun.

Have you heard of the post-hardcore act that uses womp-womp synthesizers for breakdowns in their songs" Yea" What if I told you they just released an EP ridding of that very nature by replacing their instrument pauses with actual instruments" What if I told you this is Enter Shikari’s greatest work"

Enter Shikari is an interesting taste of the flavor of post-hardcore music. They incorporate synth sounds into traditional post-hardcore music. They have in the past turned off many fans because of whatever fans get turned off by. Sometimes, I will admit, their music became cheesy. This is because while discussing highly political topics they would break the song down with womp-wompin synth music that would at times alienate me (Arguing with Thermometers).

“The Paddington Frisk” kicks off with vocalist Rou Reynolds yelling/screaming/talking over quick drum beats and guitar chords. The song continues like this with a steady pace. There are various synth sounds raging around in the background and they are interesting. They are not hindering the song, but actually adding to the erratic tempo that this entire EP holds. On first listen I was waiting for the synths in the background to come to the foreground and then it hit me.
Rou reaffirms us, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun!’ BOOM. Guitar and instrument breakdown. Heavy, groovy, spit-scream.
This sets the tone for the rest of the EP: urgent, coherent, musically creative.

We have seen the melodic sides of Enter Shikari before. These melodic times have provided some of the best songs (Constellations, Johnny Sniper). Now they have finally blended aggressive music, agitated and urgent lyrics with melodic melodies from both the vocals guitars, and synths. This is shown on the next two songs “Radiate” and “Rat Race.”
The last 3/4th of the former song is beautiful. Rou is barely at a whisper while the guitars harmonize behind his “and to keep us from falling apart, we’ll write songs in the dark, and to keep us from fading away, we’ll write for a better day.” The atmosphere is soothing. The song picks up the beat with the stop and go chords blending with the drumwork of Robert Rolfe. Rou’s voice is at his best. The song’s one flaw can be arguably the anticlimactic ending by returning to the soft chords. The vocal oohs threw me off.

The latter song is probably the most chaotic of the trio. The guitars Rory is providing are dissonant and melodic. The chorus riff is an intricate riff woven between the poundings of kick drums. The horns in the background actually work. The bridge of the song has a slowed down chord progression and leads into melodies of horns and some heavy synth work, but it is not as prominent or stand alone as it has been before.

The last song is a remix of the song “Radiate.” Nothing really stands out here. It keeps up the melody and harmony with a different structure and synth work.

The lyrics are centralized around the idea of constantly trying to keep up with the Jones, or even surpass anything they have done. Life can ultimately turn into a rat race, with people working till they die. People often want the highest of success but Rou reminds us that, “When you finally reach the front of the pack, There's nothing there, just and endless barren track, It goes on and on.”

Is this the best EP release of 2013" No.

This is Enter Shikari releasing possibly the best three cohesive songs in their history. This is a chance for fans to reunite with this band. This is a chance to hear a new take on post-hardcore from a band who continually has produced different blends of music together.

If their new album is coherent with songs like these, I guarantee it will be their best.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
trainofconsequence
November 15th 2013


1442 Comments


Awful album

J0ckstrapsFTW
November 15th 2013


3719 Comments


I'm guessing this blows hard

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2013


40734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules, especially the t/t

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2013


40734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You sound like you are disappointed in us for liking them andcas

owen
November 16th 2013


5145 Comments


Paddington Frisk is my fav of this

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2013


14070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well we can still hopefully keep the ES love up. at least for a while......................



seeming as I only haven't heard the remix, im thinking this is probably like a 4 aswell. as long as the remix doesn't suck

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2013


14070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also, I really dig the style of this EP, if their new album is like this it should be great.

Crawl
November 16th 2013


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i love take to the skies and hate their latest album



what is this like?

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2013


14070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I would say their latest album but without any of the silliness there was in the last album

Storm In A Teacup
November 16th 2013


24497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Enter my ear drums shikari

Pndi
November 16th 2013


464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Much more memorable than most of the last full lenght (not talking about the remixes)

MMX
November 16th 2013


5012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really fantastic

BigPleb
November 16th 2013


55555 Comments


Paddington Frisk is good fun.

NoSons
November 17th 2013


146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was my first review ever on sputnik, but in general for two years maybe. I thought it would be bad to start off with a review of a band that gets a lot of extreme alienation, but that made it more fun.



Any comments would be appreciative. And yes guys, this is what Enter Shikari should sound like, because the silliness is finally rid of.

owen
November 17th 2013


5145 Comments


But I like the sillyness
Yabba dabba do one son

owen
November 17th 2013


5145 Comments


Double post :[

Pndi
November 18th 2013


464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As long as they avoid the awkward spoken words and the silly drops/brostep-ey parts, I can stand their post-Take To The Skies stuff. I'd love them to release a consistent full lenght again

Storm In A Teacup
November 18th 2013


24497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but what about "Gandhi mate...Remember Gandhi" ????? =(

Crawl
November 18th 2013


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Take to the Skies is super sweet

BrushedRed
December 8th 2013


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dont get me wrong, Ive loved ES since the beginning but this is fabulous and the best they've done yet. Y'all should see me go ham with "Radiate"

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want



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