Walking onstage to Oasis’ ‘Fuckin’ In The Bushes’ and The Specials’ ‘Too Much Too Young’, it was clear from the start this gig would be about one thing: ATTITUDE. 1,000+ people crammed into the main room was a change from when the band first played the venue. They told us they played the small room next door and scribbled we’ll live and die in these towns in the toilets afterwards. From the start, the euphoric atmosphere kept building and bodies kept flying over the top for fan favourite tracks such as ‘Away From Here’ and the following song of the night and opener from the new album ‘Gimme The Sign’. After watching a live stream of the boys in Coventry a few months back, I pinpointed ‘Bigger Cages (Longer Chains)’ looking like being a fantastic live track, and how right I was! The Enemy keep to what they’re good at, making stands for the working class and writing terrance anthems for the people. Each track was seemingly implanted with repetitive short lyrics that are blasted around a venue while the audience dance away in good spirits. ‘Turn It On’ and ‘This Is Real’ demonstrate that Clarke has hopefully progressed as a song-writer. BUT, let’s not got carried away, The Enemy aim to deliver what they’re good at. Throughout, bass player Andy Hopkins would throw his hands into the air, emptying his lungs to encourage more chaos and jubilation. Later on, he would shake my hand while I crowdsurfed over the barrier! Before abruptly leaving the stage after ‘This Song’, Liam, Andy and of course Tom returned to top off the peak of their set with early material anthems; ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ & ‘You’re Not Alone’. I can wholeheartedly say, it had been a couple of years since I last saw the lads live, but my word, it was worth the wait. Photos by Glenn Rossington
About Ciaran McDermott
I'm into rock, indie, punk, alternative and all things britpop including: Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Twin Atlantic, The Stone Roses, The Strokes, The Smiths, Panic! At the Disco, The Gaslight Anthem, Nirvana, Muse, The Clash, Pulp, Springsteen, Blur, The Fray and more.