There are meteoric ascendancies and there is The Enemy, a power-pop and rock trio that bear more than a passing resemblance to early Jam, both in numbers and in fighting spirit. Formed just six short years ago, Tom Clarke, Liam Watts and Andy Hopkins managed to find themselves with the unique distinction of having played two Glastonbury sets in the same year, just 12 months after headlining the comparatively small Godiva Festival in their hometown. Oh, they then headlined T in the Park a month or so after that. Nice work if you can get it.
The ball well and truly started rolling in 2007 when the band released their enthusiastic debut album, 'We'll Live and Die In These Towns', eventually seeing it hit platinum sales and installed at the top of the Album Chart. Singles 'Away From Here' and 'Had Enough' became festival anthems and The Enemy became the face of NME, for a few issues at least. And if you suspected The Enemy were to be just a three-card trick, the Midlanders popped up again two years later to almost scale the same heady heights as their debut, with 'Music For The People' - no-one could have predicted Bob Dylan beating them to the #1 slot with his new album at the time.
Surprisingly then, 2012 hasn't borne the same fruits from their labours - third outing 'Streets in the Sky' just scraped into the Top 10, despite being just as rousing and just as rowdy as the preceding pair. After being selected to perform at this year's FA Cup Final at Wembley, there were signs that the band wanted to be the ultimate stadium band after all. Not so, as a quick glance at their new autumn tour schedule will confirm.
First stop on the lengthy stint is Weston-Super-Mare on 28th September, followed by Oxford, Leamington Spa, Norwich and plenty more throughout England, until winding up in Birmingham on 26th October. The keen-eyed will notice no Welsh, Scottish or London dates just yet, but there are plenty of holes in the calendar to suggest they may be on the cards. We will have tickets for The Enemy's autumn tour on sale from Friday 15th June at 9am. Prices will average at around £17.50.