ALBUM REVIEW: So much more than shouting and swearing

Mindsweep ANL-151002-092749001
Mindsweep ANL-151002-092749001

ENTER SHIKARI

The Mindsweep

Out now on Ambush Reality

I’ve decided to listen to as many different types of music as I can this year, hence the three reviews on this page... and I’ve already had some pleasant surprises.

Take Enter Shikari for instance. I’d labelled the ST Albans electro punkers as a sweary, shouty bunch aimed at disenfranchised teenagers. And although they do swear quite a bit and shout quite a lot, main man Rou Reynolds also has a great singing voice and some of these songs are really catchy.

This is a very political album from a group clearly not enamoured with the way the world is right now, but their tunes pack a punch.

It starts and ends with the thumping, in your face ‘The Appeal and the Mindsweep’ I and II. A bit like 70s punks Crass and also a touch of The Clash’s ‘Know Your Rights’.

Other stand out moments are Anaesthetist, a rant against privatising the NHS, and the brilliant Last Garrison, which although painting a bleak picture is quite exhilirating too.

And it’s not all 100 mile-an-hour screams either, with ‘Torn Apart’ and Bank of England’ touching the pop genre. There’s even piano on Dear Future Historians. I really like this band now and I’m not surprised this is their third top ten long player.

Jeremy Ransome - 8/10