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Enter Shikari announce new album, ‘A Kiss For The Whole World’ and UK tour

Frontman Rou Reynolds says the album marks the start of 'Enter Shikari 2.0'

By Nick Reilly

Enter Shikari (Picture: Jamie Waters)

Enter Shikari have announced details of their new album, A Kiss For The Whole World, which will be released on April 21st via SO Recordings / Ambush Reality.

The band have also returned with powerful lead single ‘(pls) set me on fire’, as well as sharing details of special monthly residency shows in the UK this spring.

Announcing the new album, frontman Rou Reynolds explained how the pandemic saw the band facing one of the biggest creative crossroads of their career.

“At the time it felt like we ourselves, as musicians, were experiencing the death of our band,” he said. “I just didn’t realise that the human and physical connection to other people were so central to how I write.”

Hailing the start of ‘Enter Shikari 2.0’, he said of new single ‘(pls) set me on fire: “Honestly, I thought I was fuckedI’ve never felt so detached from my soul, my purpose, my fucking spirit. I didn’t write music for almost two years. The longest I’d gone before that was two weeks. I was broken. It’s almost as if my brain had asked: “What is the point in music if it cannot be shared?

“What is the point in writing music if it’s not to be experienced with others?” and then promptly switched itself off. ‘(pls) set me on fire’ grew out of that desperation. This song is a projectile vomit of positive energy. Every emotion trapped inside me for two years, finally set free.”

The album, meanwhile, was recorded in early 2022 at a Chichester farmhouse and will be supported by a run of US and European shows, as well as a UK residency.

“It’s hard to do anything interesting with live shows today. We wanted to do something different. We’re going to become a local band to five major cities in the UK,” said Reynolds. It’s going to be interesting to see how the shows evolve every time we return.”

You can check out the dates in full below, ahead of general sale on 26th Jan.

15 – HERE at Outernet, London, UK
16 – New Century Hall, Manchester, UK
17 – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, UK
19 – SWX, Bristol, UK
20 – St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK

14 – New Century Hall, Manchester, UK
15 – St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
16 – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, UK
17 – HERE at Outernet, London, UK
18 – SWX, Bristol, UK

5 – Knust, Hamburg, DE
7 – Botanique, Brussels, BE
8 – Luxor, Koln, DE
13 – St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
14 – New Century Hall, Manchester, UK
15 – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, UK
16 – SWX, Bristol, UK
17 – HERE at Outernet, London, UK

3 – Echoplex, Los Angeles, USA
5 – Bottom Lounge, Chicago, USA
10 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, USA