Who: Coventry, England indie punk trio the Enemy, who, in the span of a year, quickly went from forming the band to opening for the Rolling Stones to topping the British music charts.
Sounds Like: Already branded by the U.K. press as the newest reincarnation of Oasis, the Enemy combine that band’s knack for Lennon/McCartney hooks with the youthful angst of the Buzzcocks and the social awareness of Joe Strummer, as evidenced by their debut album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns.
• Singer/guitarist Tom Clarke doesn’t feel much solidarity with other groups of his generation. “Most bands in the last ten years, particularly English bands, are just talking about complete drug-induced nonsense. In terms of actual agendas, there hasn’t been anything since the Clash and the Sex Pistols,” Clarke says. “I don’t understand why we are in a minority of bands that are actually singing about social commentary and political issues.”
• Despite their chart-topping success, Clarke measures his band’s impact in another way. “I think the ongoing achievement we’ve strived for has changed. I think whether you can change one person’s mind or minds on mass, ” he says. “I think some of the most rewarding things that happens is when somebody comes up to you and says ‘That song means so much to me.'”
• The band was selected to open up for the Rolling Stones at London’s O2 Arena in what was the Stones last concert date of their 2007 European tour. Sold-out shows throughout England ensued, including a benefit concert to raise awareness to the problem of teen suicide.
Hear It Now: We’ll Live and Die in These Towns is in stores and on digital music services now. Click above for exclusive video of the Enemy, including how the closing of a car factory inspired them and for clips from their videos for “Away From Here” and “It’s Not OK.”