One of my favorite young bands from across the pond in recent years. The new music is worth checking out this spring...
If you could bottle the spirit of The Enemy and flog it, Coventry, England might just have an export to rival their proud motor industry heritage. So far, they've had three top 10 UK albums and have opened for Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian and Stereophonics.
Now frontman Tom Clarke, bassist Andy Hopkins and drummer Liam Watts are back with a ferocious, guitar-heavy and typically anthemic third album - Streets In The Sky - due April 9 via eOne Music.
The band, with Joby J. Ford from The Bronx on production duties, has 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, and have unearthed an explosive collection of new material. They have dipped back into the rich songwriting vein that presented a raft of indie sing-a-long 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. Clarke 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.”