Enter Shikari reveal the bizarre way they choose the tracklisting for new album The Mindsweep
Enter Shikari have revealed the bizarre method they employed to choose the tracks for their debut album The Mindsweep.
Speaking to hmv.com, frontman Rou Reynolds revealed that the band whittled down the number of tracks for the album from 20 to the final 12 by plotting a series of graphs.
Asked how many songs the band recorded and how they choose the songs that made the album, Reynolds said: "We went in with 50 songs and we managed to whittle that down to 15, which is what we attempted to record, 12 of which made the album. It’s a horrible process, when you’re so invested in all of those ideas and songs and you have to cut it right down. It’s difficult.”
He continued: "For the last 20 we got really brutal. We were drawing up graphs with an X and Y axis and working out loads of variables, we were plotting how immediate a song was as opposed to how heavy it was and we’d come up with clusters. We’d then pick songs from clusters just to make sure the album was varied, it was very analytical. We wanted to showcase every corner of our musical spectrum."
You can read the rest of the interview with the band tomorrow (January 16th).
The Mindsweep is the band's fourth album and the follow-up to 2013's A Flash Flood Of Colour (which you can preview on the right of the page). It is released on Monday (January 19th).