After hearing its first play on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show at 7.30pm on Tuesday night, The Enemy released their new single ‘Gimme The Sign’ as a free download to fans through their Facebook and website. Premiered at their homecoming gig in Coventry last Thursday night, ‘Gimme The Sign’ is a taste of what is to come from the band’s new album ‘Streets In The Sky’ released this Spring. Produced by The Bronx’s Joby J. Ford, ‘Gimme The Sign’ is much heavier than The Enemy’s earlier sound whilst also leaning towards the anthemic sound of their first album ‘We’ll Live And Die in These Towns’.
‘Gimme The Sign’ couples Tom Clarke’s signature chanting vocals with strong, forceful drums and heavily confident guitars. It’s catchy and is a massive live track just made for crowd surfing. The Enemy formed in hometown Coventry in 2006 by three friends; Andy Hopkins (25, bass), Liam Watts (24, drums) and Tom Clarke (24, vocals/guitar). Their first single ’40 days, 40 nights’ sold out all 1000 copies of its limited edition 7” in less than a day and signalled the start for The Enemy. Their debut 2007 album ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ charted at #1 selling over 600,000 copies with big singles ‘Away From Here’ (Top 10) and ‘Had Enough’ (Top 5) gaining the band an army of fans. Their second album ‘Music For The People’ was released in 2009 and charted very strongly at #2 with hit ‘Be Somebody’ continued to be used on ITV’s FA Cup coverage.
To date, the band have sold over half a million tickets for their live gigs and along with their own headline dates and festival appearances, they have performed with the likes of Oasis, Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics. The Enemy performed a homecoming show at S7VEN nightclub in Coventry last week to a packed out, ecstatic crowd who managed to get a ticket to the tiny 350 capacity gig (which sold out in seconds). They have just announced that they will also be performing four UK tour dates this May where they will be premiering further album tracks. Full tour dates are as follows:
Sat 05 Leeds Live at Leeds
Wed 23 Manchester Academy
Thu 24 London Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 25 Glasgow ABC