The Enemy talk ‘fresh and raw’ new album ‘Streets In The Sky’

The Coventry trio also say they've realised their second album sounded 'too big'

The Enemy have spoken about their new album ‘Streets In The Sky’ and said that they believe they have truly captured their live sound properly for the first time.

The Coventry trio will release their third album on May 21. The record kicks off with single ‘Gimme The Sign’, which you can watch the video for now by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking to NME about the album, bassist Andy Hopkins said that the band all felt their second album ‘Music For The People’ “sounded too big for a three-piece band” and that he felt they’d captured the sound of their debut ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ on their new record.

Asked about how he and his bandmates reflected on their second album, Hopkins said: “With the second album, the overall sound was too big for a three-piece band. We’ve gone back to sounding more like the first album; it’s more upbeat, with more catchy choruses. But, at the same time, it sounds nothing like the first album.”

Hopkins also spoke about the band’s decision to work with The Bronx‘s Joby Ford on the album and said that he’d help them find a sound that was “fresh and raw”.

Asked about how they got introduced to Ford, Hopkins said: “We got introduced to Joby through our A&R man. We’d heard him in the Bronx and once we found out a bit about him we thought he’d be great for the record because he’d make it sound really fresh and raw. On the last couple of albums, we haven’t really got our live sound across.”

He continued: “With Joby, he helped just work on getting that across. He works in the same way as we do. It wasn’t quicker, but it wasn’t stressful in any way. We did pre-production, which we’ve never done before. He listened to all the songs and made loads of suggestions, which really helped.”

The bassist added that the trio started off the recording with around 30 songs and then whittled them down to 12 after extensive demoing.

He said of this: “We had about 30 songs to start off with and we demoed a lot of them. Once we finished demoing and recorded some of them we were able to pick out the ones we wanted.”

The Enemy will play an intimate London show next week. The band, who confirmed two homecoming gigs at Coventry’s Cathedral Ruins on May 21 and 22 earlier this month, will play London’s Borderline venue on April 18.

The Enemy will follow the Coventry dates with a short UK tour, playing three further shows. These begin at Manchester Academy on May 23, the band will then play London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 24, before finally finishing at Glasgow Barrowlands on May 25.

The band are also confirmed to appear at this summer’s Live At Leeds festival and at both legs of August’s V Festival.

The Enemy will play:

London Borderline (April 18)
Coventry Cathedral Ruins (May 21, 22)
Manchester Academy (23)
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (24)
Glasgow Barrowlands (25)

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