Gig preview, Enter Shikari, Corn Exchange

“I don’t know if you know, but we’re a pretty big deal right now.” So said Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds, addressing the crowd at a London gig back in 2012.

The leader of the St Albans crew was referring to the midweek chart position of their third album, A Flash Of Colour, which was perched proudly on the No.1 spot, having outsold Adele’s behemoth of an album, 21.

Granted, normal order would be resumed come the weekend (with Ms Adkins back on top), but few begrudged Reynolds his right to savour the moment – after all, mainstream success was a long time in coming for his band.

Enter Shikari, who have been fusing rock and electronica for a decade now, are certainly a band who have paid their dues. And despite the commercial and chart success they now enjoy, their strength is undoubtedly in their live shows.

The band’s current tour, which brings them to Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange tonight (Feb 19), sees them headlining some massive venues – but that doesn’t mean they’re changing things up too much.

“Even though it’s an arena scale tour, it’s still very DIY,” says Reynolds. “We’re doing all the programming ourselves. I’m doing all the footage and the effects for the screens.”

“I’ve basically been in front of the screen coding for the last few months,” he adds, “and it’s going to be good to get out of the house to see the fruits of our labour on the big screen.”

Tonight’s setlist will be made up of classics from the band’s back catalogue and the best bits from The Mindsweep, their politically-charged fourth album.

Speaking about their most recent release, Reynolds says, “The Mindsweep as a concept builds on [George] Orwell’s ‘thought police’ in 1984. It’s the withholding, the discrediting, and the disparaging of new ideas, philosophies and alternatives by those in power – by those who benefit from things staying the same.

“The sweeping away of alternatives to what we have now,” he continues. “And the worse things get, the louder they tell us there are no alternatives, the louder they shout and the harder the sweep.

“We want to embolden people. It’s very easy to be born into this world and cower at the structures we have now as they appear so much bigger, older and grander than ourselves… they appear completely concrete and unchangeable. We want to fight this misconception and illuminate the now very viable alternatives.”

Support tonight comes from The Wonder Stuff and The King Blues.

Enter Shikari, Corn Exchange, Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, tonight (Feb 19), doors 7pm, £23.50, 0131 477 3500