5 Minutes With: The Enemy

It’s been over eight years since The Enemy burst onto the UK indie scene with the number one album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns. In that time we’ve had two Prime Ministers, four Transformer films (unbelievably) and three more albums by The Enemy.

Their fourth was released last month and when compared to their early material they have made a significant change to their sound over the years. The English band explain that change and how it has been natural progression, comment on the “home town show” feel to Glasgow shows and explain why really, they could survive without knees:

The Glasgow Garage show is now completely sold out. How do you think Glasgow crowds compare to everywhere else?

For some reason for us Glasgow feels like a home town show, not sure if it’s the same for every band but we always have a great show in Glasgow.

Do you have any favourite memories from the Glasgow shows or venues?

Barrowlands in general is always special. There have been some really beautiful moments on stage at the barras. Hard to think of anything specific because the whole show is normally memorable!

The free show at the Love Music record shop seemed to go down a storm, did you enjoy playing that? It’s about as intimate as it gets, does that appeal to you more than bigger venues?

It was great, I always get very nervous about those small sets but I loved every minute of that particular one. We didn’t really want to stop playing.

The new album has a sound that’s very different from The Enemy’s early work. Was it a conscious decision to take the sound in a new direction or did it come naturally?

It’s been a progression we’ve been heading towards naturally but when the time came to make the record it was very carefully considered and quite difficult to achieve.

It seems more polished than the albums before, and lyrically quite intimate, were these both things you set out to do from the start?

Absolutely, it’s a much more personal record in terms of subject matter and the production has been a huge focus to get a much more mature sound.

The new album impressively reached 21 on the UK album charts and 5 on the indie album chart. What has the fan reaction to it’s automatic been like?

Probably the best reaction to any album to date. Fans seem to understand what we’re trying to do which is brilliant.

On the final track, “What’s a Boy To Do”, Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator speech is featured. Can you tell us the significance of this on the song?

The song is quite reflective, it’s looking back in hindsight and the sentiment of the speech worked for the song, but also really worked at the end of the record. It’s a personal and philosophical record and the speech captures that perfectly.

What does the future hold for The Enemy?

You never really know, but certainly we’re on a very interesting creative path now and we intend to continue down it.

The Enemy will be at The Garage on 26 November.


If you had to pick one of your song titles to describe your life what would it be? No time for tears.

Would you rather be without elbows or be without knees? Knees, I never sit down anyway.

If you could only eat one food item for the rest of your life what would it be? Pasta.

What did you want to be when you were 10? A musician!

What’s your party trick? Being the most socially awkward person in the room usually.

Favourite scottish person (real or fictional)? David byrne.

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