Enter Shikari - 'No Sleep Tonight'
Oh. Man. This is really it. The apocalypse is upon us. It's the end of days, the beginning of the final act, the dark times are here. Death and his three cohorts - y'know, Famine, Pestilence and Lack Of Internet Access - are saddling up and preparing to ride the black winds down upon our cold and sorry world.
They'll have a job finding their way around, mind, seeing as the world itself is now upside down: it's raining in summertime, up is hot, left is chirpy, the lion lays down with the lamb, the Anti-Christ is among us (his flat-top is the only reason the horns don't show), and, the greatest proof of all, Enter Shikari have recorded a slick pop song (by their standards), complete with...oh crikey...I can't even bring myself to say it...people are gonna hurl...complete with...with...a Westlife key change at the end.
May [insert creator of choice] have mercy on us all...
(Here's the video. Get orf moi laaaand, you perishing kids!)
And there's no point in crying or begging for mercy. The Shiks are ruthless, brutal people, albeit ruthless and brutal people with something of a sweet tooth. What else could explain their desire to create pop music which bludgeons your cerebral cortex until it is hollow and rattly, then sticks a pretty melody inside, like a lupin in a jackboot?
It IS pop music, by the way. Everything is a lead-up to the chorus. The verses may wriggle and squirm, but it's mainly with excitement that The Really Good Bit is just around the corner. Rou could literally be singing "hang on...HANG ON...WE'RE JUST ABOUT TO...OMG HERE WE GOOOOO!" and they'd be just as effective. That's pop songwriting for you.
Unfortunately, this also means that a very thoughtful lyric can get a bit lost in all the fun. But it's OK, the beauty of the pop structure is these things tend to seep their way in, rather than being forced. I myself have spent an enjoyable five minutes investigating the line "just like the ocean we won't be pacific anymore", and realising it's a call to arms rather than a mistake. Pacific meaning peaceable, y'see.
It's fair to say you don't get this kind of thing with Peter Andre.
As for the key-change...well, it's all part of the grand plan, isn't it? Write a song about an apocalyptic battle between good and evil, put some X Factor musical arrangements in there, just to scare the heck out of everyone. Focuses the attention VERY well.
One last thing though, how, Mr Shikari, is ANYONE expected to get any sleep around here if you insist on shouting like that? Hmmm?
Ah, the joy of earplugs. Sorry, did someone say something? Good.