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I’m not generally one for the more hardcore end of the musical spectrum. Maybe I’m just getting old. But I had a moment back in 2009 when Enter Shikari’s Sorry You’re Not A Winner was on serious repeat in my lugholes. Something to do with the syncopated rhythm and the screaming vocals hit me hard, and I just bloody LOVED it. Since this auspicious start, Enter Shikari have racked up several albums, and their latest, Mindsweep, has just been released. Rory, guitarist and all round solid chap told me about how they’re getting down with electronica and how bored they are of playing “Winner”. Oh.


hen did you first start getting into music and learning to play?

When I was about 10 my mum tried to get me into classical guitar; she thought it wouldn’t be too noisy and the strings would be softer for me. She dragged me to lessons and I didn’t really get it. But when I was 13, my best mate who lived down the road from me started electric guitar lessons. He showed me what he had learnt and it turned out we were at the same level of ability, and then I started having lessons on the electric guitar instead! It made a big difference to me, that I could just go down the road and jam with him, and learn from each other. Tat was one of the most exciting times in my life so far. So did you think you would ever do it as a career? To be honest, I loved it so much it was the only thing I wanted to do. I always dreamt

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of doing it for a career and was quite optimistic about it, but if I had started as an adult I probably would have been more realistic. When I joined Enter Shikari my dad said to me “You know, there’s a chance that they might not be big?” and I said “Of course they will!” How did you come to join Enter Shikari? I’d been trying to find a band for ages, and the first time I played with them I recognised that they had the same mind set as me and were as equally dedicated as I was. It meant everything, that they wanted it as much as I did. Rob and I went to the same school and were best mates, and he then asked me to join the band during sixth form. I joined as Rau, our singer, wanted to concentrate more on vocals, and so they needed a guitarist to fill his role. He’d also recently bought a little synth and he wanted to focus more on vocals and atmospheric electronica.

So I’m the new guy but have been in the band for 10 years! Your new album Mindsweep came out in January on loads of different formats; some include a special book. What’s the book like? It’s got some photos from the Warp Tour and Reading Festival taken by our friend who shoots in film; he’s got a really amazing eye. Tere’s also accompanying short essays to go with each song, with Rau explaining the ideas behind the songs. How does this album differ from your previous 3 albums? Does it have a theme? We don’t consciously try to do anything really. We sit down, start writing, see what feels good. Once we’ve got a ton of ideas, we go through and pick ones that are not only the best songs but also that offer a variety throughout the album. We

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