On May 19, just for the sheer hell of it, Enter Shikari release a brand new stand-alone single, ‘Quelle Surprise’. This release does not herald the arrival of album number three, nor does it really coincide with any live dates. It was finished, and the general consensus was that it was better placed in fans’ hands than gathering dust on a disc.
Recorded in London with Dan Weller (who was also responsible for last year’s ‘Destabilise’ single), the track shows Enter Shikari in top form in terms of experimentation and blurring the genre boundaries, striving to forge a sound that is uniquely theirs. To push things even further, mixing duties were placed in the expert hands of Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Glassjaw, Biffy Clyro, Franz Ferdinand to name a few).
‘Quelle Surprise’ will be initially released as a digital only single on Monday May 19, as part of an EP that will also include two remixes of ‘Destabilise’ (one by Rou under his ROUT production moniker, and another by Creatures Of Love). There will also be a version of live favourite ‘Hectic’ recorded at the Enter Shikari Christmas Party show in Hertfordshire back in December. A limited edition, 2×7″ (one red vinyl, one white vinyl) pack of the EP will be released on Monday July 11.
Also released on Monday July 11 is the live document ‘Live From Planet Earth’:
‘Live From Planet Earth’ is a CD + 2xDVD release consisting of:
CD – ‘Live at Hatfield. Christmas 2010’
DVD one – ‘Live At Hatfield. Christmas 2010’ + ‘Live At Camden Underworld. August 2010’.
DVD two – ‘Fizzy Water & Spikey Blankets (A Weekend In Russia. May 2010)’ + ‘Live At Hammersmith. February 2010’ + ‘Live At Summersonic, Tokyo. August 2009’.
The ‘standard’ edition of the release will be available from all good stores and online retailers.
However, a very limited edition box-set edition of the release will be made available to pre-order only from the band’s own web store. Alongside the standard version of the ‘Live From Planet Earth’ set, this box will also contain :
DVD three – compiles archive footage recorded by the band, crew, family & friends next to professionally shot footage from all over the world, some dating as back as far as 2005.
‘Images From Planet Earth’ is a 60 page photo scrapbook of shots taken around the world. Backstage, onstage, in the van, drunk, asleep none of the live experience has been left untouched.
Pre-orders for both the standard edition and the limited edition box set start on Monday May 16.
The ‘Live At Hatfield’ audio will also be available as a digital download from all the usual download retailers.
The band will also be playing an intimate show at Camden Dingwalls on Wednesday June 15. Tickets are available from midday on Saturday May 14 only from Enter Shikari’s official website. The show is strictly 16+.
For more information please visit the official website.