NME was there to see Enter Shikari take their firebrand hardcore to Russia on 13/14 October – full details and interview in this week’s magazine. Click through for the best shots from their dates at Moscow Arena and St Petersburg’s Glav Club.
There’s a devoted Shikari following out there, who shower the band with gifts.
Rory Clewlow chucks himself into the sweaty throng. Chris Batten: “The circle pits in Moscow were amazing. Things like that make each show individual.”
Rory laughs in the face of Health and Safety at St Petersburg’s Glav Club.
Would politically charged Rou Reynolds start a “free Pussy Riot” chant in St Petersburg? “I don’t think so. The whole reason why they protested in the first place has been completely lost.”
Enter Shikari travelled overnight from Moscow to St Petersburg but lost none of that balls-out energy.
Backstage it’s a riot of graffiti, fizzy drinks and serious faces.
Russian phone interviews have played on Enter Shikari’s political stance, in a country where art is confrontational. “The values seem to be people’s interest,” says Rou.
Enter Shikari woz ere.
Outside there’s a chill wind, but even rock stars know the value of sensible headgear.
It’s all aboard for a nine (NINE)-hour train ride from Moscow to St Petersburg.
Still, there are creature comforts on board the train. Like beer. And beer.
Russian fans are big on gifts, including tapestries, drawings and flags. Here Rob Rolfe is faced with an alarmingly accurate knitted doppelganger.
After the show, it’s the afterparty.
Rou salutes the crowd. In Moscow, four men at the front of the pit brandished lit flares. It wouldn’t happen at Brixton Academy.
A dizzying array of equipment fails to daunt Rob.
Two fans travelled 20 hours from their home city of Perm to catch Shikari at the Glav Club. That’s the kind of fervour we’re dealing with.
The massed banks of keyboards precipitated Shikari’s move into prog rock.
“Most people don’t have such an immense platform to shout from,” Rou tells NME. “So I have this sense of responsibility.”
Has everyone had a ride on the crowd yet? Rob puts his back into the fray.
“I got to protests and stuff, but Pussy Riot have a history of this,” admits Rou. “That’s their way of getting noticed and that’s cool, but I wouldn’t have done it.”
Rob takes to the decks at the aftershow party. Rory’s clearly spilt his drink.
NME Reviews Ed Tom Howard (front, centre) makes it to the end of the Russian tour. Read the full feature in this week’s magazine.