If you could bottle the spirit of THE ENEMY and flog it Coventry, UK might just have an export to rival their proud motor industry heritage.
Frontman Tom Clarke, bassist Andy Hopkins and drummer Liam Watts are back with a ferocious, guitar-heavy and typically anthemic third album. The band, with Joby J Ford from The Bronx on producing duties, have been in LA rediscovering the DNA that helped a young three-piece from the West Midlands explode into the charts in 2006.
From an initial 30 tracks they have been whittling down, chopping up and polishing songs which has unearthed an explosive collection of new material. They have dipped back into the rich songwriting vein that presented a raft of indie singalong hits when they were still too young to vote.
But these lads don’t need anyone to write a mission statement for their next release, or deliver some flowery talking for them. Frontman Tom knows why the band will always strike a note with fans - it’s top quality, unapologetic rock’n’roll.
“It has been a huge toilet bowl full of sick for a while, there\'s a load of sh*t in the charts. There is now a proper f***ing hunger for musicians playing proper music on real instruments and singing live. That\'s what we do and that\'s what the bands we respect do.”
The first time I met The Enemy was six years ago at a gig in London. A couple of busloads of fans from Coventry had followed them down and caused absolute mayhem at the venue.
Fast forward six years and I’m in Coventry watching them on home turf doing exactly the same again. The band’s passion, and the crowd’s, remains at fever pitch.
The time between has seen the three school friends tick career boxes they are only just beginning to acknowledge and appreciate. Playing That’s Entertainment with Paul Weller at The Roundhouse, with Tom strumming the opening riff, supporting Oasis on stadium dates and selling out the Ricoh Arena in their own right – the list goes on.
“You get something different from this kind of music, it\'s not the same with the other stuff,” declared the band’s quiet man Liam.