It’s taken three years, but Enter Shikari are back with their fourth album, The Mindsweep, and kick off their UK tour at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea on Monday.
Frontman Rou Reynolds explained why it’s been three years since their last album, A Flash Flood Of Colour: ‘Our touring schedules are so ridiculous it takes two years to do a proper circuit of the world and get to everywhere at last once.
‘We only properly came off tour towards the end of 2013 and then we started properly writing at the beginning of 2014. We didn’t want to rush the quality.
‘We had a lot of material built up, but we wanted to make sure we ended up absolutely happy with the album. I don’t think we’d ever release something unless we thought it was our best material so far.’
The Mindsweep went to number six in the album charts last month, and the four-piece electronically-influenced metal act have been pushing in new directions this time out.
‘We’ve always been big fans of melody and rhythm, but this time we concentrated on texture. There’s a lot of new instrumentation on there, a lot of orchestration and we’ve got strings.
‘Me and my brother played all the brass. There’s still everything else in there, it’s not like people can expect to hear classical stuff. It’s just widening the influences again, we like to be diverse.’
And they’re wary of being labelled with the ‘political’ tag that’s followed them in the past. ‘I think we’ve gone through a few different ways of thinking about it,’ says Rou.
‘There was definitely a time when we tried to shirk it. I don’t like the word political, it feels...especially to the younger generation, they hear the P-word and think “Oh that’s boring.”
‘Anyway, a lot of what we’re talking about is anti-politics. It’s about science and technology, it’s not overtly political.
‘I mean, I don’t mind, people can describe it how they want, and different people can take different things from it as well.’
But Rou’s confident that it won’t be another three years before the next album.
‘There’s a lot of material that didn’t get used and a lot of the time it wasn’t because we didn’t feel strongly about it,’ he adds.
‘It was about making the right balance of material. There’s a lot of stuff left that we’re very excited about so hopefully we’ll get to use it at some point.’
Enter Shikari are at The Pyramids on Monday, doors, 7pm. Tickets cost £21.45. Go to pyramids-live.co.uk