Coventry band The Enemy have some bad news

Coventry’s indie heroes The Enemy have announced they are breaking up.

The band, proud to be from Coventry and the city’s biggest musical export since The Specials, announced the news this evening. Their debut album We’ll Live And Die In These Towns, went straight to Number 1 in 2007.

In a statement on his website, frontman Tom Clarke announced the split, mostly blaming an arguable flop in their most recent album It’s Automatic saying “radio and the media couldn’t find a place for it despite unwaveringly strong ticket sales from a passionately devoted audience” as well as giving health issues and family commitments. He concluded with:

As we stand on stage for the last few times on this tour, I’ll be cherishing the last fleeting moments of a decade that has shaped who we all are, bands and fans alike. We all know what we’ll be sharing. Come, bring your hearts, bring your lungs and leave with our songs, take them onto the streets and into your lives and keep them alive for us forever.

The Enemy in 2012. Photo: Facebook

The Enemy in 2012. Photo: Facebook

The band never forgot their local roots, but performed at Glastonbury twice in 2007 and supported the likes of other Midlands band Kasabian, but also Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics – even The Rolling Stones. They also notably headlined Coventry’s own Godiva Festival in 2008 as well as two sold-out shows at the Ricoh Arena.

The band will perform six final shows, of which haven’t yet been announced – but it can be hoped (and expected) that there will be a concluding show in Coventry, with the only debate being where it would take place. The top three contenders for this are Coventry Cathedral (where the band were due to perform in 2012 but cancelled citing health and safety); Kasbah nightclub (which has been a stomping ground for the band since their birth in 2006); and the Ricoh Arena (where the band played two homecoming shows after their debut’s success in 2008).

It’s a shame to see The Enemy go, but it is almost inevitable. In the meantime, here are three brilliant and nostalgic songs from their debut album.

Away From Here

We’ll Live And Die In These Towns

40 Days And 40 Nights

Jessica Allen


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