The Enemy: 'Our last album was too political' The Enemy Tickets

The band also reveal the meaning behind the title 'Streets In The Sky'

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: The Enemy

The Enemy have admitted that the lyrics on their second studio album 'Music For The People' were too political.

The Coventry trio will release their third album 'Streets In The Sky', which has been produced by The Bronx's Joby Ford, 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, bassist Andy Hopkins said that the band all felt their second album was "too political", but that they have returned to their roots for the lyrical themes on 'Streets In The Sky'.

Asked about this, Hopkins said: "We might have gone a bit too political on the second album. It wasn't meant to be, but I think it ended up going that way. This album is like our first one in that it's inspired by our lives and the lives of the people around us. It's about us, and our mates and what goes on. It's got lots of different moods on there though."

Hopkins also spoke about the lengthy gap between their second and third records, saying that the band believed their second offering had been a bit rushed and that they needed a rest.

He said of this: "We needed a bit of a break. We didn't have long enough to write the second album, we basically ended up writing it in the studio. This time around we've had a lot more time and it's been a lot more relaxed."

The bassist also spoke about the album's title, which he revealed had been taken from a television programme about Sheffield housing estate Park Hill, which described the design concept as 'Streets In The Sky'. He added though that the title wasn't actually a reference to the flats.

He said of the LP's title: "There's this block of flats in Sheffield and there was a programme on it and it was called 'Streets In The Sky'. It's not about that though, it can mean lots of things. To me it means normal people doing well. It means enjoying yourself. It doesn't mean just one thing."

The Enemy will play an intimate London show this 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.

They will follow the Coventry dates with a short UK tour, playing three further shows. These begin at Manchester Academy on May 23, before moving on to London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on May 24 and 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)


To check the availability of The Enemy tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Read More On This Artist

Video: The Enemy - 'Gimme The Sign'

The Enemy Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy The Enemy Tickets

back to top

More News
Noel Gallagher talks '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' in rarely seen interview...
The Black Keys cover Edwyn Collins' 'A Girl Like You' – watch
Bloc Party frontman Kele reveals new song 'Coasting' – listen
David Bowie unveils artwork for new single 'Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)'
Rihanna latest target in alleged nude photos leak
Neil Young donates new song 'Who's Gonna Stand Up' to People's Climate Change...
Iggy Pop to deliver 2014 John Peel Lecture
Prides reveal new song 'Out Of The Blue' – watch
Radiohead's Thom Yorke teases fans with image of mysterious white vinyl
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way announces UK tour
Today's new album releases: Alt-J, Aphex Twin and more
Members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver cover Phil Collins and White Stripes – watch
Gwar's Jizmak Da Gusha: 'I was going to kill Dave Grohl until he said something nice...
Statue of Eleanor Rigby made from more than £1m in used banknotes on display in Liverpool
The Script score third Official Albums Chart Number One with 'No Sound Without Silence'
Jake Bugg: 'Manufactured pop bands don't have any soul'
Lauryn Hill's London comeback show subject to harsh Twitter criticism
Tatu's Lena Katina responds to bandmate's homophobia: 'People should be free to...
Producer Tony Visconti says he was misquoted over 'new David Bowie album' comment
La Roux: 'I've never made any money from record sales'
Kendrick Lamar downplays guest appearances on new album
Jamie T: 'Damon Albarn told me to write from the heart'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Date/Time Venue Town/City Seetickets Viagogo
04 Dec 2014 O2 Academy Bristol Bristol

Tickets not currently available.

Buy The Enemy Tickets

05 Dec 2014 O2 Academy Leicester Leicester

Tickets not currently available.

Buy The Enemy Tickets

06 Dec 2014 O2 Academy Liverpool Liverpool

Tickets not currently available.

Buy The Enemy Tickets

More Tickets

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today