After ten years, one of Britain’s best loved, home grown indie talents have announced they will disband in 2016, but not before they have one last hurrah and bring their stunning back catalogue of anthems to the live arena for the Last Orders tour.
Since forming in Coventry in 2006, The Enemy hae produced three Top 10 albums and 2015 release, It’s Automatic, which peaked at Number 21 in the UK charts. Early successes include the debut single ‘40 days, 40 nights’ selling out all 1000 copies of its limited 7” in under 24 hours; platinum debut album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns charting at Number 1 with singles ‘Away From Here’ (Top 10) and ‘Had Enough’ (Top 5) gaining the band an army of loyal fans. The second album Music For The People was released in 2009 and charted at Number 2, achieving gold status, and third full length Streets In The Sky (2012) shot straight into the Top 10. Industry recognition in the form of a Q Award (Best New Act), XFM Award (Best British Debut Album) and NME Award (Best New Band) coupled with strong record sales (1,000,000 to date) and passionate live performances on sell out tours are just a few highlights from The Enemy’s decade together.
Announcing the news, The Enemy said:
“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”.
Special guests to be announced.
Thursday 15 September – O2 Ritz, Manchester
Friday 16 September – O2 Forum, Kentish Town
Saturday 17 September – The Empire, Coventry
Saturday 24 September – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Sunday 25 September – Leeds, O2 Academy
Monday 26 September – Glasgow, O2 ABC
Full statement from The Enemy:
All good things…
It’s with a heavy heart that I write this one. Ten years ago in 2006 my two best friends and I stepped into a rehearsal room and The Enemy was born. Over a decade we created four albums and toured them successfully around the world. For a number of reasons the dates we are announcing in 2016 will be the last time we take to the stage as The Enemy, at least for the foreseeable future.
A lot happens in ten years. Radio changes, there is without doubt less room for bands on the airwaves these days and whereas once acts used to be able to get their big break on a sixth record, in this climate radio and the media is bored of them by their third, save a very select few. Our last record was to my mind the most complete and indeed the best we made, but radio and the media couldn’t find a place for it despite unwaveringly strong ticket sales from a passionately devoted audience. Sadly funding and releasing records just isn’t possible without support and exposure from radio. This frustrates and saddens me in equal measure. While this is the main reason it has to be said it’s not the only one. Health issues for myself and one of us becoming a proud father are amongst some of the others.
10 years, 4 albums, well over 1,000,000 record sales and uncountable sell out tours is not too shabby for an alternative indie band, but these numbers aren’t what makes me proud personally, the fans are. They drove this band, they provided the fire for this decade long journey. I have always loved them and I always will. They’ve kept me going at times when I thought nothing else might. To all Enemy fans, I adore you.
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.
X All good things…
Tom Clarke (lead vocals/guitar), Liam Watts (drums), Andy Hopkins (bass guitar, vocals)
Tickets available from ticketweb.co.uk – O2 priority presale Wednesday 13 April – 9am. General sale Friday 15 April – 9am