Band: Enter Shikari
Song: “Undercover Agents”
Directed by: George Cheswick
Album: The Spark
Release Date: September 22nd, 2017
Label: Play It Again Sam/Ambush Reality
Vocalist Rou Reynolds said of the track:
“We’re very lucky to have such talented fans, and to be able to release George’s video so soon after the ‘Take My Country Back’ fan-made film is an honour and a testament to the relationship we have with the people who support our art. We take great pleasure in being able to support theirs in return.
As for the track itself; generally the lyrics are about ‘perception management’ – believing what one wishes it to believe, regardless of whatever the truth may be.
We all play with truth in politics and in our personal lives, and this song is about disdain for these societal pressures and lack of sincerity.”
Director/animator George Cheswick adds:
“The ‘Undercover Agents’ animation was the final piece for my Major Project at university. I’m a huge fan of Enter Shikari, and their music has really helped me through a lot, so it’s great to be able to give something back. When I began working on the animation, The Spark had only just been released and ‘Undercover Agents’ was my favourite track from the album. The story was based on ‘The Machine’ from the album cover – where had it come from? How did it end up here? The video consists of 6,480 cells of imagery and took me roughly 14 weeks to write, animate and piece together. I hope everyone enjoys it!”
Sparky – the star of the cover art for the band’s latest record The Spark – also commented, offering:
“It was only a matter of time before my journey to glory was immortalised on film. I look forward to this blockbuster taking its rightful place alongside such memorable rock biopics as Ray, Liberace: Behind The Candelabra, and that new one with Mr. Robot as Freddie Mercury.”