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Sorry You're Not a Winner by Enter Shikari

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Reviewed on 8th November 2006.


Sorry You're Not a Winner

By Enter Shikari

Metal guitars blended with euphoric dance lines? Surely this must be some sort of mistake, or possibly a mix from the Belgian brothers: 2 Many DJs possibly? But no, it's the Hertfordshire 4 piece and they mean business. I was fortunate to witness their live set at Leeds Festival to a packed out tent, this could have been due to the lack of bands that are around on the Thursday before the main event starts, but undisputedly these lads have created a buzz, and with just cause. Along with their amazing set at Leeds Festival they played an awesome set to a rocking/raving crowd at Download this year.

For a while Enter Shikari were releasing tracks on the internet and the odd demo here and there, but this is their long awaited and eagerly anticipated first official single, as a result of this we have been treated to a double A-side and it is sublime.

Sorry You're Not A Winner is a fusion of fast paced guitar riffs and catchy synths embedded with a concoction of screamo vocals and fresh, innocent singing. The result is an extremely powerful, hardcore song, yet with the inclusion of synthesisers they manage to sieve out an almost anthem like quality from the song.

Along with the first track, Ok! Time For Plan B was re-recorded for this single and as good as the first attempt was, the new version is noticeably better, with more polished vocals and new guitar lines it gives the song a fresher, more modern sound to make it the best song by far.

The Feast (Demo) is a more wacky tune, with its fairground ride style rhythm and despite its chantable chorus, is not one of the band's best; but all credit to them for placing it alongside such contrasting songs.

So, is trance hardcore the new craze? Maybe the kids that are sat at the back of the buses and walking our streets blasting out their dance tunes through their tinny mobile phone speakers will latch on to this new form of 'dance music' and let us have a taste of Enter Shikari. I for one would find it a hell of a lot easier to put up with.



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