Livid-voiced rockers not slowing yet
THE elegant environs of Swansea's Brangwyn Hall will face the musical onslaught that is Enter Shikari on April 12.
The livid-voiced rockers with a penchant for bludgeoning metal riffs are touring the US at the moment trying to crack that nut.
Frontman Rou Reynolds says they are chipping away at it with determination.
"We have been noticing a steady increase in support over here the last few years, but America is a really hard country to tour, it's just so damn big!
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"It takes a lot of time and effort to build a reputation over here.
"A lot of our sightseeing is done through the bus window as we drive past on our way to the next show, but occasionally we get to have a day off somewhere interesting, like the time we went trekking through the redwood forest in California, or when we went to table mountain in Cape Town in South Africa.
"But those kind of days don't seem to come as often as we'd like."
Having said that, experiencing the world as a group of mates who have known each other since childhood, is a kick.
"It does feel pretty insane when I think about it, four kids from St Albans have created something together that allows them to travel the world playing music as a job.
"And on top of that, we all get on really well. Even our crew have been with us from the start so it feels very much like a family, probably because I see these people a lot more than I see my actual family."
Rou says they are planning on rocking long-term.
"We have been doing this for around 10 years now and I don't see any signs of us slowing down.
"I think part of the reason we have endured is that we have never tried to be on-trend.
"On tour we see a lot of bands just churning out the same stuff as everyone else and it's just so predictable and formulaic.
"I even saw a website the other day were people can discreetly buy pre-written songs for their bands to play as their own for $175 each."
The sounds that are floating his boat at the moment though include Rustie.
"He a producer from Scotland. I like music that sounds fresh and different, I appreciate when people try to push things forward and not just reproduce things that have already been done."