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Enter Shikari team up with Wargasm for new song ‘The Void Stares Back‘

It's their first new material since 2020's ‘Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’

By Charlotte Krol

Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds performs during Download Germany 2022.
Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds performs during Download Germany 2022. CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons/Sven Mandel

Enter Shikari have shared ‘The Void Stares Back’, a new song featuring Wargasm.

The collaborative single is “about the forward march of social progress”, Enter Shikari singer Rou Reynolds said in a statement and signals “a new beginning” for the band.

“It is with elation, and more than a little nervousness, that we release this; our first track after over two years of dormancy. It is a roisterous journey made all the more so with the addition of our friends Wargasm,” Reynolds said.

‘The Void Stares Back’, he added, is “about the forward march of social progress, and how, often, those with a more conventional archaic outlook on sexuality, gender, social design, economics etc, see those with differing ideas like bewildering, depraved creatures from another dimension”.

It marks the band’s first new material since the release of their sixth album, Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible, which came out in April 2020.

Wargasm added that Enter Shikari played a “big part” in their lives growing up, saying it was “an absolute honour” to work with the St Albans post-hardcore rockers.

“They stand for the right things – we’re a little more pessimistic. It was fun playing the darker devil’s advocate to Rou’s light…where we’re going, you won’t need eyes to see…”

Earlier this year Enter Shikari played the Club 85 in Hitchin as part of The National Lottery’s Revive Live tour in support of grassroots venues.

“Since we were 15 we’ve been playing grassroots venues up and down the country. They were our home and gave us the opportunity to develop into the band we are today,” Reynolds said ahead the gig in January.

“One of those venues was Club 85. So it’s so great to be able to return and play there again after more than a decade and help highlight the fact that these venues need support especially right now after they’ve been sat empty for nearly two years.

“Without grassroots venues like Club 85 and all the other places we played as kids (a lot of
which have already, sadly, been consigned to the history books) there’s less of a chance that four teenagers can change their own, or anyone else’s, lives. They are breeding grounds for new music as well as strong communities. And THAT’S why we’re doing this.”

Enter Shikari will perform at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival later this month before heading to the US for an autumn tour (see dates here).

Wargasm, meanwhile, kick off a UK and Ireland headline tour this October following a run of European and US festival dates.