Enter Shikari Live Review

Review // Enter Shikari Portsmouth Pyramids 16/02/15

In support of their new album ‘Mindsweep’, Enter Shikari are currently on their UK leg of their tour, showing the fans they are going nowhere. And with some excellent support in the form of FatherSon, AllUsOnDrugs and Feed The Rhino, Enter Shikari have set up a night that fans will never forget. Given their set at last year’s Reading & Leeds festival main stage, it was refreshing and pretty damn special to be able to see them in such a different type of space, with the Pyramids holding a relatively small 1500 capacity.

First up, FatherSon, who have been kicking up the dust on the Scottish music scene recently, their seven son set consisted largely of tracks from their debut album ‘I Am An Island’. Their set was energetic and exciting to watch, yet their melodic undertones were beautiful and definitely pleased the crowd. Having already been played on Radi0 1, the only way is up for this band.

Yorkshire alt-rockers AllUsOnDrugs were to follow.. Their opening track ‘Stir’ and track ‘Am I Weird’ were easily the most loveable from their set. They’re the kind of band you just like instantly. With a style that embraces a range of musical styles, it’s difficult to pinpoint this band into one place. Uplifting yet menacing, I like it.

Feed The Rhino were pretty brutal in every second of their set, from the moment tattoo-covered frontman Lee Tobin hit the stage, you just knew you were about to join a moshpit, sending the Pyramids into a sweaty frenzy. With five tracks from their most recent album ‘The Sorrow and the Sound’ they worked hard to make sure they were remembered long after the show.

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But of course, everyone was waiting for Enter Shikari, the sold out audience enjoying the build up, yet eager to hear those familiar tracks they were gagging for. Opening with ‘The Appeal & The mindsweep I’ from their new album ‘Mindsweep’ it didn’t take long for Enter Shikari to remind every single member of the sold out show what they came here to do. And that was to party hard. With six songs from ‘MindSweep’ and crowd favourites such as ‘Destabilise’ and ‘Ghandi Mate’, Ghandi, ‘Radiate’ and ‘The Paddington Frisk’, there was a great mix for the crowd to lap up. Reynolds sent a speaker into the crowd and much to the delight of the iPhone wielding crowd performed a full song standing on top of it right in the centre of attention.

It was a fantastic closure to a brilliant night’s entertainment and anyone who left the arena less than dripping wet and exhausted really ought to stay at home.

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