“Every band sounded exactly the same.”
There was more in that quote than just the one line, pretty much along the lines of how terrible all the bands were, which is a bit interesting simply because Enter Shikari’s trancecore travels along the same path as a good chunk of the emo and screamo acts that played Bamboozle this year, although they do have a pretty distinct sound in comparison to many a Taking Back Sunday wannabe. In fact, it’s by no stretch of the imagination to think that Enter Shikari’s mix of techno and hardcore had some impact on the “scrunk scene“: Enter Shikari hit it big in the UK in 2006 with a couple of singles that mixed post-hardcore’s heavy, low-end guitar work and juxtaposition between screaming and singing and trance’s lush electronic compositions, and then hit the top of the charts in the spring of ’07 with Take To The Skies. The band really touched down in the US via videogames, as a couple of their big hits made their way into EA Sports NHL 2008 and Madden Football 2008. It isn’t a stretch of the imagination to think that out in Arizona, the future members of Brokencyde picked up Madden Football and found some musical inspiration… or something like that.
Enter Shikari explained their Bamboozle predicament further on their Twitter:
Check out Bostonist tomorrow for a review of their show at Harpers.
Enter Shikari – “Sorry You’re Not A Winner” (video):