I confess I must own up to something – I’ve been having a 10 year love affair. With four men to be precise. Their names are Rou, Chris, Rory and Rob and they make up what can categorically be described as one of the best bands of all time – Enter Shikari.
I first discovered their music when I was browsing the Myspace music section at some stage between 2003-2005 and stumbled upon their Sorry You’re Not a Winner EP. I was hooked (and I must admit a little bit in love with both Chris and Rou) and ever since then I have completely devoured every single release, raced to get tickets to every tour, and at Slam Dunk this year I screamed along to every single song as if it was the first time I’d seen them live.
See there’s something just so different about their music, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. I think at first, I was entranced by the fact that their songs didn’t sound anything like the rest of the metal, pop punk, hardcore and rock that I was listening to at the time. They were the first band I’d ever heard mix heavy screaming vocals with dance beats and synth pop and my god it was addictive.
As their sound matured they began to mature their lyrics too and integrate important political and environmental messages within their songs. As passionate campaigners for the environment I learned a lot about the things that are affecting our planet from their third album, and their political views taught me a lot about the inequality that our society is plagued by at the moment. I think that it’s become ever more apparent after recent political events this past 12 months how important it is for us to consider not only ourselves when we vote for the future of the country but also to think of others.
I will admit, in past elections I have not thought this way. I’ve voted for the party that is most likely to make life better for me, but over the past few years since living away from home I’ve definitely learned and matured and with this year’s General Election I voted for the party that not only protected the most important things to me such as the environment and the NHS, but also protected those less fortunate. Everyone on the planet deserves an equal opportunity at life regardless of where they were born, who their family is, how much they have in the bank, the colour of their skin, their gender, or who they choose to love.
Do you have a band that speaks to you on a deeper level than just the music? Has an artist ever affected your social and political beliefs? Let me know in the comments below.
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