Recently, Mind Equals Blown’s Patrick Walford sat down with Rory Clewlow and Chris Batten of Enter Shikari to talk details on the band’s next album, of which is to be released sometime next year.
MEB: How far are you into the recording process and how has recording this album been different from Common Dreads and Take to the Skies?
Rory Clewlow: We basically started writing at the beginning of the year, and took about 4 to 5 months to get demos of the song, hashing out ideas and such. We went into the studio with Dan Weller and recorded 3 tracks, one of which we recently released. That worked well, so we knew we had a formula for the recording. We actually got a chance to record at a studio in Thailand, an opportunity of which we jumped at. It was in the middle of nowhere, so we had no distractions. We had it all written before we went out there, so it was just a case of recording it.
Chris Batten: Now we are in the mixing process. Mike Fraiser is currently mixing the album, and sending us things back in forth, trying to get them honed in.
MEB: What sound can you compare the new album to, in terms of the your old stuff, as well as other artists?
Rory Clewlow: It’s more confident- musically and lyrically. When we started laying stuff down and listening to the songs through the big speakers, we realized, “Some of these songs have some of the most ridiculous breakdowns ever- so weird and out there.” In the general sounds of the album ranges from Jose Gonzalez, to Sigur Ros, to Dubstep, to Drum and Bass, and everything in between. Musically, it is diverse.
Chris Batten: We went in trying to push our own boundaries because we wanted it to sound exciting to us. It covers a load of different genres because of that.
MEB: How did the experience of going to Thailand to record come about, and what was the experience like overall for the band? Did being there affect the recording process at all?
Rory Clewlow: The songs were already written by the time we went out there, so we had a good idea of what we wanted, but being in Thailand helped us stay focused because we were in the middle of nowhere. The setting was like a hotel, and it was very pampered, which made it easy to think only about the recording process. It was a great place to think clearly.
Chris Batten: We came home feeling very relaxed. There was no stress to be seen anywhere.
MEB: What’s it like for you to see the emergence of dubstep at the forefront of music?
Chris Batten: We were lucky because we live in and around London, of which it got its start in; it got big there before it got big anywhere else. It has always been a big part of our music, so it is great to see it get the popularity it deserves.
MEB: Lyrically, Common Dreads was a heavy album, covering a lot of social issues. Have you followed in the same footsteps for the third album, or was there a change in pace?
Chris Batten: It still along the same lines, but as Rau says, “You can’t write lyrics that you don’t feel really passionate about.” For him, it has to be something he is going to want to get on stage and sing and shout about.
Rory Clewlow: If anything, it has gotten more to the point. It deals with the overall problem of the system we live in, tackling that from different angles.
MEB: With that, what are some big issues that the Government and Society need to deal with?
Rory Clewlow: We try to raise awareness to the inherent flaws in our current system, and all of the needless suffering that causes around the world, one of the root causes being money. We need to rethink our current situation based off of what we know now thanks to science and technology and start over from there, rather than trying to fix this system that is so flawed.
Chris Batten: Rau often talks about that fact that we need to learn from history because it seems like the same mistakes are being made over and over again. One song is about the problems between Russia and other big forces trying to go and secure oil from under the ice caps in the arctic, and what exactly is wrong with that. There is lots of different topics on this record.
MEB: Will you be doing any major touring in North America before the record drops?
Rory Clewlow: We will be waiting until it drops to do an actual headline tour, which will be early next year. However, we will be coming out to North America doing a six-week tour in November in a support slot.
MEB: For this album, you decided to sign with Hopeless Records. What factors played into making the decision to do that?
Rory Clewlow: The idea was to get involved with someone who we can feel more involved with. We wanted to go with someone who was more focused on building fans rather than album sales.