For those of you that don’t know me personally one of my favourite bands is Enter Shikari. I started listening to their music in 2015 after my then boyfriend introduced me to them. Since then I have been a proud part of the Shikari family.
When I read online that Rou Reynolds (Lead vocalist of Enter Shikari) was writing essays on the entirety of Shikari’s back catalog and was going to turn it into a book, I immediately started saving up my money to order it. Come the beginning of March this year I received this bible through the post. The name of this bible “Dear Future Historians”. The title comes from one of the tracks off Shikari’s more recent album “The Mindsweep” and what a more fitting title for the book. I’d like to think this book is Shikari’s time capsule that future generations will pick up and think hopefully how far we have come as a society and as a species.
Reading this book gave me the feeling that I was at the University of Enter Shikari and the professor of today’s lecture was Dr Rou Reynolds himself. The way the book is written reminded me so much of Reynolds talk at “The Zeitgeist Movement”. If you want to look into this talk he gave further just type in on good old Google Rou Reynolds Zeitgeist movement. Back to the book and I feel two messages that I will take away after reading this book is to break down the walls and barriers that divide us and work together and life may be hard now but hold on, stay strong, dare to hope, dare to dream and things will get better. Shikari’s music speaks to me more than any cliche over glamorized pop song could. Their songs dig deep on a more philosophical and existential level. That’s what I love about the rock, heavy metal and alternative scene.
To conclude I would highly recommend this book to a fellow shikari shuffler or rock music enthusiast. I knew right when the postman delivered it I was in for a treat and finishing the book made me sad cause I just didn’t want it to end. And as I put in the title I truly feel this book is a love letter to the fans for all their support in taking Enter Shikari to the level they are at now. But it is a true testament to the power of Shikari as they are now on the global stage, playing arenas and headlining major festivals. I was fortunate enough to attend their Alexandra Palace gig last February and what a phenomenal gig it was. Enter Shikari will always hold a special place in my heart as the band that helped me transition from a teenager to a young adult woman. Thank you Enter Shikari you absolute legends. ❤