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STAGE PRESENCE: The Enemy Frontman Tom Clarke. Photo by Gareth Jones

STAGE PRESENCE: The Enemy Frontman Tom Clarke. Photo by Gareth Jones

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ONE of Coventry’s finest exports are set to make a debut Manx appearance, when they roll up to the Villa Marina next week.

The indie punk rockers The Enemy have yet to release an album not to chart in the UK top 10, and will bring their renowned live energy to the Royal Hall at 8pm on Wednesday night.

Comprising drummer Liam Watts, bass player Andy Hopkins and multi- instrumentalist frontman Tom Clarke, the midlanders shot to fame in 2007, building a support base around the UK through the NME’s coveted Rock’n’Roll Riot tour, and with support slots for the likes of Oasis, The Fratellis, Kasabian, The Paddingtons, Ash, Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics.

Two appearances at that year’s Glastonbury festival didn’t do their reputation any harm either, and by the time debut album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns was released in July the public were primed enough to send it straight to number one.

Singles Away From Here, Hard Enough and title track We’ll Live and Die in These Towns showed the band wear their influences on their sleeve. And the punk-tinged indie sound is notably evocative of The Jam, but led by the distinctive accented singing of Clarke. With the everyday life subject matter of their lyrics, the band carved a loyal fan base and earned a headline slot at T in the Park as the cherry on the cake of their platinum-certified album.

Follow up Music for the People was released in 2009 and, despite lukewarm reviews at the time ,reached number two in the charts, held off the top spot by Bob Dylan’s Together Through Life. The sound was big and raw, an effect of the decision to record the album on tape, rather than through the modern computerised method. And some tracks entered household consciousness when third single Be Somebody was used as the theme music for football computer games and for ITV’s FA Cup coverage. Last year’s third album Streets In the Sky clocked in at number 9, and the band memorably performed two songs during the FA Cup final from the roof of Wembley Stadium.

Tickets for Wednesday’s show in Douglas are £17.50 and available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, at the box office on 600555 or online at

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