Enter Shikari - 'Juggernauts'
When I was 13 or 14, I used to really like making what would should probably be called sound collages on a cassette tape. At the time I had no name for what it was I was doing, and the term 'sound collage' would've seemed ridiculously pompous, arty and grown-up, especially for someone who couldn't draw.
Nevertheless, I'd take bits from records I liked - a scream, a drum fill, guitars, some talking, and chain them together, linked only by the sound of the tape jumping as my inexpert fingers hit the record button too hard. First it was just cool sounds, then I'd work to a concept. .
(Here's the video. Don't worry, I'll probably get to the point before the end.)
There was a 30-second-long segment which contained all the explosions I could get hold of. Another section was devoted to my friend Grant showing me how to scratch, using a 7" single by Michael Jackson. He didn't really know how to do it either, and I later wished I'd pressed stop a little sooner.
A common thought was to record every time a certain word appeared in a certain song, like the word "help" in that Beatles tune (I forget the title, but you know the one I mean).
You'd sometimes have to know what concept I was working towards to understand why certain noises were next to each other. I just used to like adding new bits to it, and then listening back. This raised a few problems, as no-one else in my family liked it, and while I was a little hurt by this, I could sort of see why, even then. It really was just a bunch of noises, jammed together into a short space of time.
In an odd way, Enter Shikari have always reminded me of that tape, and even more so on this song, which is full of of sudden surges, short explosive passages, and long, meandering lulls. There are screams, there are spoken word sections - in this case, sounding a LOT like Mike Skinner of the Streets - and there's a sense that it is all put together with no regard for the outside world and what the people who live in it like to listen to.
In short, my family won't like it. But I do. It only needs a bit of terrible scratching to make it perfect.
Strangeglue says: "We're not sure why the band persist on spreading one good idea over nearly four minutes."
ConfortComes says: "That type of stuff is awesome live but it feels silly to me on a record."
Music Madness says: "This song is fantastic in every aspect."