- The Enemy (UK band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Enemy
Img_capt = The Enemy playing at Elland Road Stadium,
Leeds. in May 2008
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 2006–present
Warner Music Group Stiff Records(UK)
URL = [http://www.theenemy.com/ http://www.theenemy.com]
Current_members = Tom Clarke
The Enemy are an English rock band formed in
Coventryin 2006, signed to Warner Music Group(UK). In June 2007, The Enemy played twice at Glastonbury Festival, played the 'Guardian lounge' on Saturday and the much larger 'Other Stage' on Sunday. They also headlined on the Saturday night of T In The Parkin the 'Futures' tent on 7 July 2007. The band's debut album " We'll Live and Die in These Towns" (2007) went straight to Number 1 in the UK Albums chart on release.
The Enemy met their original manager John Dawkins under the
Coventry Citycrest of the Ricoh Arenaafter a game between Coventry and Celtic for the Richard ShawTestimonial. On May 15 2006 Xfm ScotlandDJ Jim Gellatlygave them their fist airplay, downloading "40 Days and 40 Nights" direct from Myspace.
In 2006 the band were the opening act at Coventry's
Godiva Festival, and again played the event in July 2007 as second headliners beneath the Super Furry Animals.
They first gained acclaim when they were mentioned in "
NME" as the act most likely to "break your windows" for 2007. They supported The Fratellis, Kasabian, The Paddingtons, Ash Manic Street Preachersand The Stereophonicson their UK tours.cite news |first=Jordan |last=Dowling |title="Reviews - Live - The Fratellis, The Enemy" .|url=http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/1652946 |publisher= Drowned in Sound|date= 17 February 2007|accessdate=2007-04-22 ]
Their single, "Away From Here" entered the charts at number 8 and its follow-up "
Had Enough" entered the charts at number 4, their highest placing to date.
Building on their rapid exposure, The Enemy appeared on the
NME2007 Rock 'N' Roll Riot Tour during September and October 2007 along with Lethal Bizzleand The Wombatsas well as the Jersey LiveFestival. They also supported The Rolling Stoneson the last night of their European tour at the O2 Arena.
March 2008 saw the band start production on their second album and playing six nights in a row at the London Astoria.
In April 2008 the band played at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, selling out two nights. The next month they supported
Kaiser Chiefsat Elland Road Stadium. They then headlined the Godiva Festivalon July 5 2008, a 30,000 capacity free gig in Coventry's War Memorial Park.
Their song "Aggro" is featured on the upcoming video game
Music Industry Awards
Q Awards- Best New Act (awarded October 2007)
XFM Awards - Best British Debut Album of 2007 (awarded January 2008)
NME Awards- Best New Band (awarded February 2008)
In September 2007,
Alex Zane, presenter of the XFM Breakfast show broadcasted a statement declaring that the band would not be played on his show again. After playing their single "You're Not Alone" for seven seconds, he reasoned that altercations between himself and the band over a television interview meant that they would no longer be played by him.
As of 2007, The Enemy is composed of:
We'll Live and Die in These Towns" — July 9, 2007#1 UK
* "B-Sides" —
April 4, 2008- iTunes Exclusive
* 2006 "40 Days and 40 Nights" — limited to 1000 vinyl
* 2007 "
It's Not OK" - limited vinyl and CD UK
* 2007 "Away from Here" #8 UK
* 2007 "
Had Enough" #4 UK
* 2007 "You're Not Alone" #18 UK
* 2007 "We'll Live and Die in These Towns" - #21 UK
* 2008 "This Song" #41 UK
* [http://www.theenemy.com Official band website]
* [http://www.technodanceaphobic.com/forums Technodanceaphobic - The Enemy Forum]
* [http://www.theenemy.eu Enemy fansite with latest updates]
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