The Enemy come to Leicester this month, taking in the O2 Academy on their criss-crossing farewell tour of the UK.

It’s hard to write about a band’s farewell tour without talking about their career – and The Enemy’s is pretty much the indie band archetype. Breaking on to the scene in 2006, their debut album We’ll Live And Die In These Towns debuted at #1 in the UK Album Charts – no mean feat for three teenagers from Coventry. Showcasing a raw sound that garnered them a legion of fans, the album was a huge success and enabled them to play Glastonbury (twice) and T In The Park, as well as snagging coveted support slots with bands that were destined to be huge (Kasabian), those that already were (Stereophonics, Oasis), and Ash.

The band continued to see success after the release of their second album, Music For The People, which peaked at #2 and featured a slightly updated sound. They again toured with Oasis – this time on their final Dig Out Your Soul tour. Their third album, Streets In The Sky, saw a return to the raw sound of the first record, but less critical and chart success. This lead the fourth and final album, It’s Automatic, to be a revolution in the sound of the band – adding synths and stadium choruses to the mix. However, due to a combination of factors including ill health, fatherhood and a lack of media coverage, the band decided to call it a day earlier this year.

That brings us up to date, with the band in the middle of their final tour which will culminate in a trio of gigs at Coventry’s Empire. There’s no doubt that these shows will contain energy and fire comparable to those of their first tour – their fans are vocal, their choruses are huge, and a band like The Enemy are unlikely to go quietly. Expect a show from a band playing like their lives depend on it – music they’ll Live And Die By.

The Enemy play O2 Academy Leicester on Thursday 8th September.

Dan Wallbank has been floating around the Leicester comedy scene for five years and the music scene for ten. He's the founder of Comedy and Cocktails at Manhattan34, host of the Firebug Pop Quiz and creator of Instant Nostalgia, the podcast that reviews itself.

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