Gig Review

Enter Shikari
Plus Yourcodenameis:Milo, Chinese Finger Trap
Portsmouth, Pyramids
28th March 2007

Enter Shikari                Yourcodenameis:milo    Chinese Finger Trap          

Girls with mullets and comb-overs, more fourteen year olds than every school in the south put together, and a general sense of "oh good God I'm old..."

It can only be the Portsmouth Pyramids Centre.

We got in reasonably early and took a place near the front, with little people pestering us to buy pints for them, as they do. As the room was filling, Chinese Finger Trap made their way to the stage. I'm quite sure nobody in the room knew them, and so this was new for everyone. And to be fair, after the first song started, I think everyone was happy with not knowing them. Okay maybe that's a little harsh, I'm sure someone was enjoying it. Somewhere. Maybe.

This Oxford group were just your average screaming band, but slightly worse. The poser of a font-man, was doing the thing that posing screamers do, you know, jerking at the hips, one hand behind back, and so on. (I'm pretty sure that people do that just because it's seen as the thing to do, and not because they actually want to...) Anyway, the songs all sounded the same, and weren't at all memorable. I can just remember a certain lack of enjoyment and dissatisfaction from myself, and most of the folks around me. Sorry guys.

Yourcodenameis:milo were up next, for some reason. I don't mean that in a bad way, I'm a massive fan, but it just seems odd putting an alternative/indie-ish band, in between two that enjoy screaming. Still, they were good. But the little people out in the crowd weren't happy. The band were genuinely good, promoting a few songs off of the new album ("I'm Impressed," and "Pacific Theatre,") as well as the classics like "17" and "All Roads To Fault", really showing their talent for innovative song-writing. Three-guitarists playing at once, and songs that experimented with time-signatures, a whole range of styles, and much more. Towards the end of the set, one song started slowing down, and down, and down. And as it did, the members of the band slowly started laying down on the floor. And after a while, it sped up again, and up they got, escalating into faced-paced mayhem, and that was the end of the set. This Newcastle band have something special, and the only thing that was letting them down was the lack of interest from the people who had paid to see them.

For Enter Shikari, we knew there was a chance this was going to get messy, and so positioned ourselves at the back of the room. The lights went down, and I don't think I've ever seen so many glow-sticks and flashing lights, in my life. Everybody's hands shot in the air wearing flashing rings and wielding fluorescent sticks, as handfuls were thrown into the crowd from someone or other. Shivers down the spine or what! No Good (Start The Dance) by Prodigy started, and one member of the crowd took to the stage and ran around with a flashing helmet-type thing on. When the drumming into ended and the synths began, the rest of the crowd came to the stage, amid much cheering.

I'm sure you're aware of their musical style, mixing rock and screamo and electro techno, and the whole album's songs are all pretty similar to be fair. Obviously some are better than others, but it's all quite the same. "Labyrinth," "Okay Time For Plan B," "Sorry You're Not A Winner," and "Return to Energizer" got the best responses, as they called for the crowd to make space for each other to bust some moves. It clearly wasn't going to happen, unless Portsmouth Council quickly built an extension on the centre; I'm not sure how you can make more space in a sold-out venue... In between songs, the band would talk about this and that, and almost break into Blink182 territory, which is always a dangerous place to go and it makes you think "shut the fuck up and play a song." They raised such sensitive issues and dangerwanking within their speeches, for example.

The lead vocalist is also the keyboardist, and although he often sat at the keys, it was clearly a backing track so I'm not sure what he was actually doing. That's a shame to be honest, would have been far more impressive if it was all pulled off live.

Among all the glowsticks, flashing lights, bisexual teenagers and screams, everyone appeared to be having a good time, and so I guess that makes at a good gig? I was quite bored if I'm honest, everything was sounding the same, but maybe that's down to my lack of knowledge of the band, I can't exactly class myself as an avid fan.

Before "Johnny Sniper," the crowd was informed of who he is. Apparently, a cartoon character who taught sex-education, and when the time was right, he would use a sniper rifle to shoot a condom onto the appropriate body part. Now I don't know about you guys, but anything to do with my penis and a sniper rifle would put me off of sex for life.

To sum up, I'd say that Enter Shikari have the ability to get a crowd going. Maybe it's down to their musical style and the fact that synthesisers can make everyone go nuts, or maybe it's something else. Live, a lot of it sounded the same, but that could be due to the poor sound in the Portsmouth Pyramids. They're just a bunch of lads basically, having as laugh and enjoying what they do, and seem to have really taken off and found a massive fan-base, hence their sold-out tour.

Review By Thom

 Enter Shikari

Roughton "Rou" Reynolds
Liam "Rory" Clewlow
Chris Batten
Rob Rolfe

Adam Hiles (Guitar)
Justin Lockey (Lead guitar)
Paul Mullen (Vocals/Guitar)
Ross Harley (Bass guitar)
Shaun Abbott (Drums/Percussion)
 Chinese Finger Trap

Dale (Vocals)
Dave (Guitar)
Richard (Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Jake (Drums)
Alex (Keys, Samples)
 Band Related Links
Enter Shikari Myspace
Yourcodenameis:milo Myspace
Chinese Finger Trap Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?