It’s hard to believe we are already celebrating the decade anniversaries for albums released in 2007, but with less than three full weeks to go in 2016 that trend is becoming more and more prevalent. Just last week the members of Mayday Parade announced plans to celebrate the release of their debut album in the new year, and now British bad boys Enter Shikari have done the same.
I think it’s probably impossible to summarize the impact Take To The Skies made on the alternative music scene upon its release in March of 2007. The record introduced Enter Shikari to the world with a collection of angst-laden anthems that conveyed a far greater understanding of existence than most, if not all of the group’s genre peers. The messages of hope throughout the album inspired an entire generation of music fans to pledge their allegiance to the genre-defying rock newcomers, and it set the tone for everything the group would do in the years to come. The argument for revolution that is the career of Enter Shikari begins with this album, and next year you can see the record performed in full for the very first time.
Enter Shikari will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut album with a North American tour in the spring. Being As An Ocean will appear as direct support on the trek with an opening act TBA. Dates are as follows:
03/10 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
03/11 San Diego, CA – Soma
03/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
03/13 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
03/14 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
03/15 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/17 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
03/18 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
03/19 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/21 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
03/22 Boston, MA – Paradise
03/23 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/24 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
03/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
03/26 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
03/28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/30 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/31 Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
04/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
Writing to fans about the announcement, vocalist Roy Reynolds commented:
“We’re glad we were able to include North America in the plans for the 10th anniversary shows, as we’ve been making the track across the Atlantic regularly since the album’s release, and there’s a lot of people still coming to shows today that have been with us since the very start.
We’ll never write another album like ‘Take To The Skies‘, as Enter Shikari isn’t really a band that looks backwards, but to be celebrating the decade anniversary of our debut album feels insane.
It’s going to be a celebration of that album rather than being the clichéd ‘play the album front-to-back’.
But, as this is a special occasion, it’s important for us to recognise the importance of this album to us, and for the family of people who have supported us since those early days. On a purely selfish note, I cannot wait to play some of the tracks we haven’t played since 2007, or even ever!
The fact that we get to reminisce and relive tracks we recorded so long ago, and that are still held dear by so many, is something I could have never anticipated back then and fills me with appreciation for everyone that has supported this band over the years.”