The Enemy: ‘We saw the recession coming’

Tom Clarke believes conditions will make people see them in a new light

The Enemy frontman Tom Clarke has claimed that they saw the global recession coming with 2007 debut album ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’.

In this week’s NME cover feature, Clarke explains how the current economic conditions will make their songs about provincial working class poverty even more relevant than before.

He said: “We did see it coming early, and there were a lot of people who didn’t get the band because of that. I think there will be a lot more people now that see the relevance of the first album, let alone the second.”

However, Clarke does not claim to have all the answers to recovery as well.

“I’m not a politician and I don’t know,” he continued. “I’m very good at just pointing out what’s happening… like, I know when I see car workers being given an hour’s notice, which is what happened last month (at the Mini factory in Cowley), that that’s out of order. But actually changing the country is a seriously hard job, and people don’t actually give politicians enough credit.”

The Enemy release new album ‘Music For The People’ on April 27. To read our whole interview, check out this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands now.