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Enter Shikari keeps politics at the top of its agenda

for Journal Register Newspapers

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If you prefer songs about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- or even emotional angst -- Enter Shikari is not your band.

"We always pretty much consider what we're passionate about and what we believe in -- global issues and what's going on with the world around us," explains Rob Rolfe, the drummer for the British trio that released its third studio album, "A Flash Flood of Colour," in January.

"It's never whining about an old girlfriend or anything like that. Its more socially conscious and more read-up and kind of appeals to everyone in the world, not just people who have lost somebody."

Timing, meanwhile, has allowed Enter Shikari to return to the United States at a politically charged time, in the midst of an election year. Rolfe, 26, says that certainly gives a little more heft to the electronically-flavored punk band's songs, but he also figures they stand up whenever they're played.

"It's always exciting to get our ideas out anywhere in the world, no matter what time it is," Rolfe says. "What really sort of touches us is when we go to new places, go abroad or to the States...and people come up and say they really appreciate and understand what we're talking about, and when they listen to the lyrics it opens their eyes to the real world and what's actually going on around them instead of being so blinkered to what's happening.

"We know we give 'em more than they get on their TV or whatever, which is what we're trying to do. So, yeah, it's exciting to get our ideas across to anyone, anywhere."

Enter Shikari, letlive and At the Skylines perform Wednesday, April 11, at iLounge in Clutch Cargo's, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

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