Live Outside

Album: The Spark (2017)


  • This song is focused on mental health. Frontman Rou Reynolds told Kerrang about the track's background:

    "There's parallels to wanting to get away from the onslaught of modern life and everything going on at the moment - it's just one global shock after another. It's about wanting to step outside of one's own skull (laughs)! To step outside of the relentless nature of thoughts and rumination and just wanting a break when you're in those more anxious or depressive moments.

    I have two levels of anxiety; that level where it was just ridiculous (at the end of 2015) and my everyday anxiety, where I have an alright sleeping pattern and I can get it under control. It still frustrates me, and annoys me, and I'll try and work at it, but I can absolutely live with it - it's not deliberating or anything."
  • The song was released as the first single from Enter Shikari's fifth studio album The Spark and received its first play on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show. Reynolds told her the track found the band embracing a new mentality.

    "I don't think that we've ever gone in with the mindset that we had this time," he stated. "This time there was a sound in mind, a focus, a direction. It felt like, 'Yeah, this is it!'"

    "I wanted to focus on melody – a lot of our songs are five songs in one, they flutter all over the place," Reynolds added. "This is the start of a new era."


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