Sunday, July 15, 2007

We’ll Live and Die in These Towns

Finally! Apart from the Arctic Monkeys, it’s been a long long time since I’ve come across an album from a British band this strong. This is the Enemy, three teenagers hailing from Coventry who, like many of their peers, take their cue from the fecund post-punk era from 1978 to 1984. In particular, there’s no escaping a debt owed to the Jam, the Undertones, the Clash, the Buzzcocks et al.
However, unlike their peers, the songs on the Enemy’s debut album contain melodies that stay with you and a passion that shakes you. Anthems like Away From Here, Had Enough, You’re Not Alone and It’s Not OK will get you hopping and singimg along in full voice. The influence of Paul Weller cuts through most significantly on the title track where front man Tom Clarke sings, “You spend your time in smokey rooms/Where haggled old women/With cheap perfume say/It never happens for people like us you know” in a manner reminiscent of the Jam’s classic That’s Entertainment. Riveting stuff. All together now – “Away away oh oh oh away from here…”

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