Enter Shikari popped into the NME office to play a short acoustic set for the fans, including an unexpected – and unexpectedly awesome – cover of Carly Rae Jepson’s ubiquitous No.1 single ‘Call Me Maybe’. Click through for more shots from the afternoon.
Rou Reynolds managed to hold it together for ‘Call Me Maybe’ – to the delight of the lucky punters who’d come to the office to see them – and the clipped acoustic arrangement was spot-on.
Drummer Rob Rolfe solved the perennial office acoustic percussion problem by bringing in the bongos and – one-man-band style – strapping a tambourine to his foot.
Enter Shikari began touring their third album ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’ in March and have returned from a spin around the States in time for the summer festival season. The album entered the UK charts at No.4.
Bassist Chris Batten in action. Enter Shikari recently played Tunbridge Wells Forum, in celebration of it being named Britain’s Best Small Venue 2012 by NME in association with JD Roots.
‘Call Me Maybe’ was the surprise interloper in a set which showed off Enter Shikari’s acoustic skills, all their characteristic noise stripped away. ‘Juggernauts’ – usually a full-on assault – was a particular revelation, pared down to simple guitar and bongos.
After the set, Team Shikari broke off for a chat and photos with the fortunate fans who’d got that exclusive pass. More videos and news from the afternoon will be up on the site soon.
No rest for the band once the session was over. They were off for a festival double-header as the season got underway.
Two days later (22 June) Enter Shikari topped the Friday night bill on the Big Top Stage at the Isle Of Wight Festival before fleeing the mud to play Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend on Sunday (24 June) afternoon. Watch Enter Shikari – ‘Call Me Maybe’.