Enter Shikari Premiere New Song "Gandhi Mate, Gandhi"
British metalcore group Enter Shikari are releasing their new album, A Flash Flood of Colour, on January 10. Below, you can hear the U.S. exclusive premiere of the song "Gandhi Mate, Gandhi" from that record. Vocalist and keyboardist Roughton "Rou" Reynolds fills us in on the song below the Soundcloud. Let us know what you think of the song in the comments.
REVOLVER What’s this song about?
ROUGHTON “ROU” REYNOLDS The song starts with a rant that attempts to sum up the state of the world and describe the breadth of the destructive paradigm we currently live in 30 seconds. It then weaves in and out of satire and and various characters and emotions. It’s a very frustrated and confused song, and reflects the general zeitgeist at the moment; people know we have the resources, the creativity, and the ingenuity to do better than what we have at the moment and are struggling to come to terms with the short term love of money over the long-term stability and progression of our species.
Which part of it did you come up with first?
The piece began life as a tune for my electronic side project, Rout, and was a lively electro influenced dubstep track that I made in late 2008. I always had ideas to expand the track and add lyrics, and as I did, it seemed to transform into an even more furious beast, which then brought forth the exciting possibility of it becoming an Enter Shikari track.
Was this an easy song to write or record?
It was probably one of the most difficult to write and record. Fitting guitars around the bouncy synths while keeping the movement in the sub region proved quite difficult. Lyrically, it was just real good fun to write and record as it really is just a playful venting of frustrations and back-and-forths between characters in the song. The outro is probably one of the most ridiculous things we’ve ever created and was so much fun to make. We cannot wait to play this one live. I’m sure the outro will completely destroy speakers up and down the country; we spent a good long while sculpting the sub, which is daringly low on this track, to do just that!
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
It’s certainly a bewildering track upon first listen…and probably the next five listens, too. It takes about that many to get to grips with it. [Laughs] But most of our friends who we’ve played it to have just been generally gobsmacked, which is always a great visual emotion to provoke in someone.
Photo by Joe Dilworth