Punk and electronic inspired rock group Enter Shikari released a brand new single yesterday on most prominent music streaming services called “Hoodwinker”. This new track is their first new material to be released since last year’s successful release of “The Mindsweep”. This new track is more on their experimental side and also a little heavy for the group as well considering “The Mindsweep” featured more softer sounding rock tracks like “Anaestheist” and “Dear Future Historians…”. “Hoodwinker” opens up with a large collection of feedback soon followed by hardcore-like chugging and harsh vocals. From there an eerie guitar lead begins to accompany the political themed lyrics and from this moment on the classic Shikari sound is put on display. This track is definitely a little different for Enter Shikari, however the melodic choruses and superb lyricism are exactly what every Enter Shikari fan knows and loves.
It does appear that “Hoodwinker” might be referencing the political climate in Great Britain following the “Brexit” vote that happened earlier this year. Being very politically active and outspoken themselves, I wouldn’t be surprised if Shikari wrote this song based on the recent events and results of this drastic decision made by British officials and voters. Lyrics like “Hold, freeze, who goes there? Do you have the right documentation?” and “You always get what you wanted” suggest that this new track was influenced by the these unfolding events. Regardless of the motivation, this is another great release by Enter Shikari.
The music video, which just came out today, is posted below! Be sure to check out this new song by Enter Shikari and let us know what you think!