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Post-hardcore outfit Enter Shikari formed in Hertfordshire, England in 2003 from the remnants of the group Hybryd, whose original lineup comprised vocalist Rou Reynolds, guitarist Liam "Rory" Clewlow, bassist Chris Batten, and drummer Rob Rolfe. In June 2003, Enter Shikari issued the demo EP Nodding Acquaintance, which they sold at gigs and via their website. The success of two additional self-released EPs, Sorry, You're Not a Winner and 2004's Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour, further developed their growing fan base and cemented the band's decision to go it alone, rejecting the overtures of major labels. As Enter Shikari continued their relentless live schedule, they also embraced the social networking website MySpace, and in 2006 secured a spot at the Gibson/MySpace stage at the annual Download Festival. That same summer, the group founded its own record label, Ambush Reality, and issued the digital-only single "Mothership." At year's end, Enter Shikari were just the second unsigned band to sell out the famed London Astoria. In March 2007, they issued their first proper LP, Take to the Skies, which entered the British Top Five on the strength of the smash single "Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour." In April of 2009 the single "Juggernauts" announced the coming of their second album, Common Dreads, which appeared in June of that year. The band set out on tour at home and abroad before settling down in Bangkok, Thailand to work on new material with producer (and former Sikth guitarist) Dan Weller in 2011. Their third album, A Flash Flood of Colour, was released in early 2012. They returned to the studio with Weller after a heavy touring schedule in 2013 to work on new material for their fourth studio album. During the recording process they joined the Warped Tour, as well as appearing on the bill for the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2014. Toward the end of the year, the four-piece announced the release of The Mindsweep, which arrived in January 2015. At the end of 2015, the group recorded the Live and Acoustic from Alexandra Palace EP in a seldom seen part of the legendary London venue, before their full "arena show" in February of 2016. A recording of the show was released at the end of 2016, featuring 16 of Enter Shikari's hits drawn from their back catalog. To close out the year, they released two stand-alone singles, "Redshift" and "Hoodwinker," before calling an end to the Mindsweep era of the band. Early 2017 saw them play an extensive European tour, in part to mark the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Take to the Skies. As the tour drew to a close with a headlining show at the Slam Dunk Festival, they released the lead single from their new album; "Supercharge" demonstrated a change in direction by including elements of grime and a guest appearance from London MC Big Narstie, indicating that a broader mix of electronic genres would be featured on the album. The resulting LP, The Spark, arrived later that September. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  2.   Anaesthetist
  3.   The One True Colour
  4.   OK, Time for Plan B
  5.   No Sleep Tonight
  6.   Mothership
  7.   No Sssweat
  8.   System...
  9.   Fanfare for the Conscious Man
  10.   Sorry You're Not a Winner
  11.   Enter Shikari
  12.   Stop the Clocks
  13.   Ok Time For A Plan B
  14.   Interlude 1
  15.   The Embers
  16.   An Ode to Lost Jigsaw Pieces
  17.   Airfield
  18.   Take My Country Back
  19.   The Sights
  20.   The Spark
  21.   Undercover Agents
  22.   Rabble Rouser
  23.   Live Outside
  24.   Hoodwinker
  25.   Redshift
  26.   Slipshod
  27.   Dear Future Historians...
  28.   The Bank of England
  29.   There's a Price on Your Head
  30.   Torn Apart
  31.   Myopia
  32.   Never Let Go of the Microscope
  33.   The Appeal & the Mindsweep II
  34.   The Last Garrison
  35.   We Can Breathe In Space, They Just Don't Want Us To Escape
  36.   Rat Race
  37.   Radiate
  38.   The Paddington Frisk
  39.   Snakepit
  40.   Quelle Surprise
  41.   Constellations
  42.   Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here
  43.   Gandhi Mate, Gandhi
  44.   Stalemate
  45.   Arguing With Thermometers
  46.   Search Party
  47.   Sssnakepit
  48.   ...Meltdown
  49.   Destabilise
  50.   Zzzonked
  51.   The Jester
  52.   Solidarity
  53.   Juggernauts
  54.   Havoc B
  55.   Gap in the Fence
  56.   Antwerpen
  57.   Interlude
  58.   Return to Energiser
  59.   Today Won't Go Down in History
  60.   Labyrinth
  61.   Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour (Interlude One)
  62.   Adieu
  63.   Johnny Sniper (Intro)
  64.   Anaesthesist
  65.   Insomnia
  66.   Common Dreads
  67.   Appeal 2
  68.   The Revolt of the Atoms
  69.   Supercharge
  70.   No Sweat
  71.   Pack of Thieves
  72.   Wall
  73.   Hectic
  74.   Havoc A
  75.   Halcyon
  76.   Shinrin-Yoku
  77.   Step Up
  78.   Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide
  79.   Motherstep/Mothership
  80.   Stand Your Ground
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