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The Enemy are a English rock band formed in Coventrymarker in 2006, signed to Warner Music Group (UK). In June 2007, The Enemy played twice at Glastonbury Festivalmarker, first in the 'Guardian Lounge' on Saturday and then the much larger 'Other Stage' on Sunday. They also headlined on the Saturday night of T in the Park in 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. In the United States they are marketed as The Enemy UK.


Liam and Andy originate from Coventry and Tom's originally from Birmingham. Tom and Andy attended Finham Park Secondary Schoolmarker in the south west of the city, whilst Liam studied at Cardinal Newman secondary school.

The Enemy met their original manager John Dawkins because Liam Watts' aunt worked with one of Dawkins' family he asked producer 'Matt Terry' to do him a favor and give them cheap studio time, Terry produced their first set of songs 'Heart Attack', 'Had Enough' and '40 Days and 40 Nights' Dawkins then forwarded demos to David Bianchi at A&R Warner.

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.2008- headline act in front of 10,000 fans.

Mainstream popularity

They first gained acclaim when they were mentioned in NME as the act most likely to "break your windows" for 2007. They supported Oasis, The Fratellis, Kasabian, The Paddingtons, Ash, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics on their UK tours.

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 NME 2007 Rock 'N' Roll Riot Tour during September and October 2007 along with Lethal Bizzle and The Wombats as well as the Jersey Live Festival. They also supported The Rolling Stones on the last night of their European tour at the O2 Arenamarker.

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 Chiefs at Elland Road Stadium. They then headlined the Godiva Festival on 5 July 2008, a 30,000 capacity free gig in Coventry's War Memorial Parkmarker. They played Reading & Leeds Festivals on the main stage in August.

Along with Kasabian and Twisted Wheel, The Enemy supported Oasis on their 2009 stadium tour, which included the Ricoh Arena gig in The Enemy's hometown of Coventry. In March and April 2009 the band embarked on their own UK & Ireland tour, playing to 70 000 people , with Twisted Wheel as support as well as Kid British. Birmingham singer Emma Skipp joined them on No Time for Tears. The Enemy were forced to pull out of Oasis's Heaton Park concert on 4 June due to lead singer/guitarist Tom Clarke suffering from food poisoning. Although the band returned the following night they were replaced on the middle night of Oasis' Wembley Stadium three night run by Reverend and The Makers. The Coventry trio said that they were forced to pull out of their performance on 11 July because their singer Tom fell ill due to lily poisoning.

In other media

Their song "Aggro" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour

Their song 'Be Somebody' is featured in the video game FIFA 10, and is the theme music to ITV Sport's coverage of the 2009–10 FA Cup.

A clip of their song 'No Time For Tears' was used on the BBC advert for 'Lost Land of the Volcano'.

'Pressure' was used to advertise the third series of 'The Sarah Jane Adventures', a popular children's drama produced by the BBC.

Band's line-up

As of 2009, The Enemy is composed of:

XFM controversy

In September 2007, Alex Zane, presenter of the XFM Breakfast show broadcast 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. However, during the Xfm Review of 2008, the presenters Sunta Templeton and Matt Dyson commented on the band and Zane making up.




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)


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