‘Pack of Thieves’ comes across as the focal point of Enter Shikari’s latest album A Flash Flood Of Colour. With a catchy chorus, thumping beat and wobbling bass the track is driven, energetic and wholesome. Although the track contains all the essentials of a great pop-punk/alternative song, the song itself doesn’t seem to bare weight. What lacks in Enter Shikari’s new material is sheer musical passion. Iggy once mentioned that a musician should put as much blood and sweat into what he does as Sigmund Freud did, but ‘Pack of Thieves’ feels like a lecture in sociology with lyrics such as “That’s what this antique structure creates/What this antique structure creates!” opposed to the likes of ‘Search and Destroy’.
Easily the poppiest track on the album, the song builds up to a soaring chorus forcing their audience to “STAND UP” and chant the same line over and over… and over again. The track finishes with a heavy dub breakdown before the final chorus commanding “NOW GO CHANGE THE WORLD”. Although this track is sure to be a fan favourite, Enter Shikari’s political take on their music needs to be directed aggressively at the system they criticise rather than boasting to teenagers in ripped band hoodies about how politically left they are. There is no doubt this will be a great live track, but are you willing to buy it?