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Enter Shikari have treated fans to the ultimate surprise this week. On April 16, they dropped Moratorium (Broadcasts From The Interruption), a companion album to their 2020 LP Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible.

Moratorium, which arrives exactly one year after the release of their last full-length, is a compilation of numerous home studio sessions, acoustic renditions and various performances Enter Shikari recorded over the past year.

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Enter Shikari released Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year. As a result, they were unable to hit the road and perform the new songs for fans. Back in May, frontman Rou Reynolds opened up exclusively to Alternative Press about how not being able to tour has impacted him.

“It’s just been so surreal,” Reynolds tells Alternative Press. “I haven’t gone this amount of time without seeing the rest of the band members since, like, 2005. It’s just really odd. Not being able to celebrate the album release with them was frustrating. I think our management, our whole team… it’s been a real cocktail of emotions. Because obviously, I’m excited that finally the music is being released into the world because it’s something that we put our heart into for the whole of 2019. More time and effort went into making this album than any of the others. So I’m super excited to bring it out and get people’s reactions and let it out into the world.”

Eventually, Enter Shikari found themselves turning toward other creative avenues to stay busy and keep listeners engaged. The band soon kicked off their Live At Home series where they performed songs off of their 2020 album such as “The Great Unknown” and “Rat Race.”

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“With no live shows and no real contact with the rest of the band, it was nice to at least be able to do some remote sessions together,” Reynolds says in a press release. “It was also interesting to develop acoustic and alternative versions of some of the new tracks. These performances went some way to filling the gaping hole in our lives.”

Now, Enter Shikari have combined some of their recent recordings and performances to create their new album Moratorium (Broadcasts From The Interruption). The LP features their Live At Home performances as well as a few other special tracks.

Back in July, Reynolds gave two solo electric performances of “Live Outside” and “the pressure’s on.” for 2000treesvirtual festival 2000screens. For Moratorium, Reynolds remixed and mastered the performances and incorporated them into the album’s final tracklisting. Additionally, Reynolds also teamed up with the Sofia Session Orchestra for two captivating acoustic renditions of “{The Dreamer’s Hotel}” and “Heroes.” 

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“After creating an acoustic version of ‘{The Dreamer’s Hotel}’ to play during lockdown livestreams, I began to think that this rather dulcet adaption could benefit from some orchestral parts,” Reynolds says in a press release. “I love composing and it was a joy to work with the Sofia Session Orchestra, who, as you’ll hear, nailed it.”

Moratorium (Broadcasts From The Interruption) is available to stream below and on digital streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music here.

Additionally, on July 16, Enter Shikari are releasing a limited edition physical version of the album. As well, a deluxe 2-disc edition of Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible featuring both LPs will also be released. Pre-orders for the physical albums are available here.

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After numerous tour delays amid the global pandemic, Enter Shikari are set to hit the road in Eastern Europe, Russia and the U.K. later this year followed by another European run in 2022.  Although tour support for the European and Russian legs have not been announced yet, Nova Twins and Dinosaur Pile-Up are touring with Enter Shikari in the U.K. All previously purchased tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

You can see Enter Shikari’s full list of tour dates below and more information can be found here.

Enter Shikari tour dates

09/02 – Lviv, UA @ Fest Republic
09/03 – Kyiv, UA @ Bingo Club
09/05 – Minsk, BY @ Prime Hall
09/06 – Riga, LV @ Melna Piektdiena
09/07 – Tallinn, EE @ Helitehas
09/09 – Moscow, RU @ Adrenaline Stadium
09/11 – St. Petersburg, RU @ A2
09/13 – Helsinki, FL @ Tavastia
09/14 – Tampere, FL @ Klubi
09/16 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryhuset
09/17 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
09/19 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
09/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
09/22 – Warsaw, PL @ Stodola
09/23 – Krakow, PL @ Kwadrat
09/24 – Vienna, AT @ Simm City
09/26 – Lyon, FR @ CCO
09/27 – Toulouse FR @ Connexion Live
09/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 2
09/30 – Madrid, ES @ La Riviera

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10/01 – Lisbon, PT @ LAV
10/04 – Perigueux, FR @ Sans Reserve
10/05 – Nantes, FR @ Warehouse
10/07 – Caen, FR @ Big Band Cafe
10/08 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
10/09 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
10/10 – Beauvais, FR @ L’ouvre Boite

12/04 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
12/05 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Victoria Warehouse *SOLD OUT*
12/07 – Lincoln, UK @ The Engine Shed
12/08 – Hull, UK @ University Union Asylum
12/09 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
12/11 – Liverpool, UK @ Mountford Hall
12/12 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
12/13 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall

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12/15 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
12/16 – Cardiff, UK @ Great Hall *SOLD OUT*
12/17 – Southampton, UK @ O2 Guildhall
12/19 – Middlesbrough, UK @ Town Hall
12/20 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City *SOLD OUT*
12/21 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City *SOLD OUT*

01/31/22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
02/01/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit 36
02/03/22 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Halle
02/04/22 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
02/05/22 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
02/07/22 – Zurich, CH @ Extra
02/08/22 – Stuttgart, DE @ LKA Longhorn
02/09/22 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
02/10/22 – Offenbach, DE @ Stadthalle

06/25/22 – Munster, DE @ Vainstream Rockfest

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