The Enemy met their original manager John Dawkins under the
Coventry City crest of the
Ricoh Arena after a game between Coventry and Celtic for the
Richard Shaw Testimonial. On May 15 2006,
Xfm Scotland DJ
Jim Gellatly gave them their first airplay, downloading "40 Days and 40
Nights" direct from Myspace.
In 2006 the band were the opening act at Coventry's
Festival, and again played the event in July 2007 as second headliners
Super Furry Animals. They first gained acclaim when they were mentioned in
the act most likely to "break your windows" for 2007. They supported
Manic Street Preachers and
Stereophonics on their UK tours.
Their single, "Away
From Here/a>" entered the charts at number 8 and its follow-up "Had
Enough" entered the charts at number 4, their highest placing to date.
Building on their rapid exposure, The Enemy appeared on the
2007 Rock 'N' Roll Riot Tour during September and October 2007 along with
Lethal Bizzle and
The Wombats as well as the
Jersey Live Festival. They also supported
The Rolling Stones on the last night of their European tour at the
March 2008 saw the band start production on their second album and playing
six nights in a row at the London Astoria.
In April 2008 the band played at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, selling out two
nights. The next month they supported
Kaiser Chiefs at Elland Road Stadium. They then headlined the
Godiva Festival on
a 30,000 capacity free gig in Coventry's
War Memorial Park. They played Reading & Leeds Festivals on the main stage
in August. Along with Kasabian they will also be special guests on The Oasis
2009 Stadium Tour, the largest ever tour of open air venues.
They have been confirmed along with
Kasabian as support for
on their 2009 stadium tour, being the sole support during the Ricoh Arena gig in
The Enemy's hometown of Coventry. In March and April 2009 the band embarked on
their own UK & Ireland tour, playing to 70 000 people , with
Twisted Wheel as support as well as
HOT PRESS - "It would appear that working-class Coventry trio
The Enemy are now officially the next big thing."