Rou Reynolds On The Story Behind Enter Shikari's New Single, { The Dreamer's Hotel }

Exclusive: Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds lifts the lid on the meaning behind the band's brand-new single.

Rou Reynolds On The Story Behind Enter Shikari's New Single, { The Dreamer's Hotel }
Tom Pullen

Following the unveiling of their epic new single { The Dreamer’s Hotel } on February 10, Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds has told Kerrang! about the metaphorical meaning behind the track, as well as the reasoning for it being chosen as the first release from the band's upcoming album Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible.

“I think it has a general excitement to it; it’s quite fast-paced and it feels a little bit on edge, even in the choruses," the singer says in the new issue of Kerrang!, which is out on February 12. "There’s this juxtaposition, thematically, where the verses are all fury, and then the choruses are trying to convey what ‘The Dreamer’s Hotel’ is supposed to be. It’s this place of safety and possibility and imagination, outside of the furore of society. The whole thing seems to have an urgency to it, and it just felt like a good foot forward to lead with.”

As for where he's coming from, lyrically, the frontman explains: “I imagine The Dreamer’s Hotel as this place of respite from the fury of the outside world, so it’s very much influenced by online interactions, and the divisive nature of the world at the moment with tribalism and group identity. And it’s not even a political thing; it just seems to have inundated the whole of society. There’s just immediate anger, and it’s created this world of real tense distrust with everyone, and it’s a really horrible space to be in, emotionally. The Dreamer’s Hotel is this wishful-thinking, rose-tinted place where one can get away from that and dream again, and think about how to improve society. In the song it’s this dilapidated, deserted place (laughs), because no-one’s checking in to that hotel anymore. We’re all just too busy being furious with each other outside of the hotel.”

Check out { The Dreamer’s Hotel } below:

Enter Shikari's new LP Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible is due out on April 17 via So Recordings. The band will be performing five intimate album release shows the same month, with tickets available to those who pre-order the album from the online band store, and for members of their Future Historians fan club.

Catch Enter Shikari live at the following:


18 Sheffield Leadmill
19 Glasgow St Lukes
20 Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory
22 London Subterania
23 Bristol SWX

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