Thursday, 19 January 2012

A Flash Flood of Solidarity

Thanks to anyone that visited in the last 24 hours, only to find a bolshy notice from yours truly having a little pop at those behind the SOPA and PIPA legislation. 

We're back and firing on all cylinders again now. The fight against unjustifiable curtailment of our Internet usage isn't complete yet, however, so if you didn't find time to take some action yesterday, here's some Google info on what you can do to prevent old media dinosaurs from trampling all over your web access.

All this armchair revolution has got my blood pumping...

So, what better artist to seek out for a revolting sound track (pun entirely intended) than Watford's feisty rabble rousers, Enter Shikari

Ah, maybe Refused? Or Rage? 

Or perhaps The Cla... well anyway, I went with Shikari.

What all this digital zealotry links neatly back into, is the fact that Rou and crew have a new album out this week. Following on from an album that rather fuelled my fire in 2009, 'Common Dreads', the new one is called 'A Flash Flood of Colour'.

A few spins in, I can't say that Flash Flood has forcibly wrestled my attention from its default lethargy in quite the way Dreads achieved. It does have that same riotous streak, however, and the tunes are vibrant with the energy that we've come to know, love, and find exhausting just to hear, let alone watch them deliver onstage, night after night. I digress...

There are some indications that the chaps are being influenced by the popular punk-folk revival of similarly rebellious voices back home in Blighty, Frank Turner and The King Blues chief amongst them. 'Stalemate' is one delightfully eccentric example of this, twisted just enough to make it a Shikari effort. Elsewhere, 'Arguing With Thermometers' is closer to the sound the band was honing on their last outing, replete with elastic synths, razor guitars, and the borderline schizophrenia of Reynolds' eclectic vocal delivery/ranting.

Obviously my hope is that this is a grower, that will blossom into the more world-wise sibling of its placard waving predecessor. There are enough positive signs initially to suggest that I'll be writing more on this one in the weeks to come. If you want to dig in yourself, the album is up on Spotify and has myriad order packages here

Try, enjoy, try more and buy more, if you so wish. What could be more logical and customer-friendly than that, eh old record industry timers?

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