The Coventry trio make their mark on the States
The Enemy played their first-ever gig in Los Angeles to a sold-out crowd at the Troubadour last night (August 6).
The Coventry trio confidently ran through nearly all of the tracks on their debut album ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’, which was released in the US earlier this week.
During their hour-long set, frontman Tom Clarke explained to the crowd the inspirations for several tracks, which ranged from the plight of sweatshop workers (‘It’s Not OK’) to being “shushed” at a Sex Pistols gig (‘Red Tape’).
He displayed tremendous energy, showing no signs of pain from the finger injury he suffered at Lollapalooza at the weekend.
The audience, which was made up of pre-teens and British ex-patriots as well as the usual indie-rock set, sang along to the words of many of the tunes and cheered loudly between songs.
At the end of the night, Clarke told the crowd, “There’s only one song left so I want you to fucking start something, Los Angeles.”
Before taking the stage, Clarke told NME.COM that these first US gigs are extremely important to the band. “These are some of the most exciting gigs we’ve ever played,” he said.
“We’ve just come off the back of two sold-out nights at an arena in Coventry and to be able to come here (to the US) and play venues that are a couple of hundred capacity and see the whites of people’s eyes takes you back and that’s what gigging’s about.”
When asked if he feels intimidated to play these first American shows, Clarke responded, “No–if people don’t like it, that’s fine, they can just fuck off. No one’s asking them to be there.”
The Enemy played:
‘Away From Here’
’40 Days And 40 Nights’
‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’
‘It’s Not OK’
‘You’re Not Alone’
–By our Los Angeles staff.