World Cup charity song hits the right notes for St Albans’ Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds singing for charity track Football United the World, to coincide with t

Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds singing for charity track Football United the World, to coincide with the World Cup in Brazil - Credit: Photo supplied

A St Albans band has joined a star-studded cast for a charity World Cup song, which has had thousands of hits within days of being put on YouTube, and won praise for being “awesome”.

Enter Shikari is among those representing the rock world to take part in charity track, “Football United the World,” to both mark the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and raise funds for Street Child World Cup.

Speaking from Spain, Enter Shikari’s Chris Batten (bass/vocals) told the Herts Advertiser that when record producer Dan Weller and LostAlone frontman Steven Battelle told the band about the song, the musicians had no hesitation in offering support.

“Football United the World” is the brainchild of Dan and Steven, who saw the World Cup as an opportunity to bring the UK rock scene together with one voice, and achieve something positive for under-privileged children. Dan produced Enter Shikari’s “A Flash Flood Of Colour” album.

Proceeds from “Football United the World” will go towards helping street children to receive protection and rehabilitation.

Chris said: “Dan’s a real talented musician, and he decided he wanted to have a song released at the same time as the World Cup for charity. It’s a really catchy song. There are about 50 voices on the track, and it sounds great.

“You can see Rou [Reynolds] singing verses on the video.”

Enter Shikari’s Rob Rolfe (drums) tweeted: “I’m very proud to have played a part in this World Cup charity song, please check it out.”

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Within two days of the track being put on YouTube, it had received close to 8,000 hits.

Fans have described the song as “awesome” and “perfect”.

On the band’s website, the musicians said: “Please support the charity and the #FootballUnitedTheWorld in whatever way you can.”

They said they were pleased to be involved with “luminaries of the rock world” including Baby Godzilla, Marmozets, LostAlone, Rob Lynch and Skindred.

Enter Shikari has previously highlighted its belief that “music is one of the main things that brings us humans together”.

The single is released on Monday June 16 via iTunes and other digital retailers.

Enter Shikari, whose members are former pupils of Sandringham and Verulam Schools, has a busy year ahead, with appearances scheduled at the likes of Reading and Leeds festivals.