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Enter Shikari back in Blighty.

Byline: Nick LAVIGUEUR

GENRE-melting screamo crew Enter Shikari are back on home turf and ready for some of the biggest gigs of their lives.

Having spent a large part of this year touring in America the St Albans four piece are hitting the more familiar roads of the UK ahead of recording their third album next year.

Frontman Rou took some time out from rehearsals to tell WoW how their unique brand of trance-assisted post hardcore metal had gone down on the other side of the pond.

"It was quite a slog but it was really good fun and it went down really well," he said.

"We're really starting to kick off over there.

"Our venue in New York was 800 sold out, which far exceeds anything we thought we'd get."

The four piece were also part of the prestigious American Warped Tour last summer and also played at Leeds and Reading festivals.

Rou said it had been interesting seeing the different reactions from their transatlantic fan bases.

"It's weird over there," he said, "they have the really big festival Coachella, but apart from that they don't really have that much.

"The Warped Tour is a touring festival, there's only 20 thousand that go to that so it's quite small compared to what we have over here.

"So we managed to play to two thousand people a day on that and that was incredible but it's a different sort of vibe festival wise.

"I guess they're starved of us so the enthusiasm is incredible."

And with a massive arena tour supporting teen idol Jared Leto's 30 Seconds To Mars, Rou admitted the upcoming shows were going to be another big contrast to their recent American gigs.

He said: "In America we've been playing to an average 500 capacity venues so coming across and doing this humongous arena tour so it's going to be a very different experience.

"But generally we approach any show the same whether it's 10 people or 10,000 people.

"We just go out there do our thing and see what happens."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 26, 2010
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