After a ten year career, British indie talent, The Enemy will be saying their farewells to fans.
The band have decided to give it one last run, with their duly titled Last Orders Tour starting in September of this year. Filled with back catalogue fan favourites and arena anthems, the tour has seen a rapidly growing momentum of hype.
Following their formation in Coventry, 2006, The Enemy have seen success from every aspect of their careers. With three top ten albums behind them and their 2015 album ‘It’s Automatic’ peaking at number 21 in the UK, the band have seen success with almost every release. It’s evident why they are such fan favourites, the British music scene will be losing one of it’s top indie bands and other newer acts will have a big void to fill. Their ‘golden’ decade so to speak has seen them see early success from their first ever release, the single ‘40 Days, 40 nights’ saw all 1000 limited edition copies sold in just 24 hours. Their début album ‘ We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ peaked at number one in the UK upon its initial release, showing that the band had already built a hefty fan following early on, with their popularity only sky rocketing after this. The Enemy truly are an iconic British band, whose legacy will continue for years to come. Their fan following continued growing at a rapid rate with every release that got put out, they saw further success with singles from their début album, ‘Away From Here’ peaked at number 10 and ‘Had Enough’ peaked at number 5, further strengthening their loyal fan base. Their next two album releases again gave the band well deserved recognition with both albums seeing chart success, ‘Music For The People’ charted at number two, gaining it gold status and ‘Streets In The Sky’ also saw top ten success. With their success, talent and ambition being recognised by the likes of Q Magazine, NME and XFM and there album sales have reached over an impressive 1 million, there was nothing stopping this band from achieving their career goals.
Much to the upset of fans, the band announced their split on their social media accounts, releasing a statement the band thanked fans for all that they have given them. With their last tour taking place from September 15th this year, this will be the bands last appearances together.
Their statement reads….
“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.”
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to the icons that are The Enemy, there music will live on and I’m sure we all agree with wishing them good luck with their future endeavours.
Taking it back to way back when, here they are with their first single release, ‘40 Days, 40 Nights’.