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In many ways the music industry is like aschool playground, a furtive cesspit of name-calling, oneupmanship, andcompetitive jousting. This is particularly true of the UK indie scene wheremore than one band often vies for the same audience at the same time. Since2007, the socially anchored, Coventry power rock trio led by lead singer andmain songwriter Tom Clarke haven't been afraid to shed a tonne of bravado as ashield for some deep-seeded insecurities – mainly Tom's own personal hang-ups.Considering he called his band The Enemy, the frontman certainly knew how tomake a few back in the late '00s, and gave as good as he got. He'd make fun ofThe Horrors' hair and find himself banned from being played on Alex Zane's XFMrock show. Alex was an avid supporter of the band but Tom just couldn't helphimself. The circus surrounding these dramatic episodes resulted in The Enemyhaving their music overshadowed by meaningless tattle. It's something that Tomtoday, speaking with hindsight from a carpark outside a studio where he'sputting the finishing touches on the band's fourth record inless-than-glamorous Stockport, wants to bury deep in the past…
Over the course of The Enemy's undoubtedlysuccessful run during the best part of a decade, Tom has inevitably had to dosome growing up. Alongside his band mates Andy Hopkins (bass) and Liam Watts(drums), he can boast a hat-trick of top-performing records with Number 1 album'We Live And Die In These Towns', 2008's Number 2 follow-up 'Music For ThePeople' and 2012 release 'Streets In The Sky', which also went Top 10. A sourceof greater pride, however, its that today he emerges not just more mature, butwith a charming sense of humility and open-mindedness. Hearing him talk freelyand honestly about how much he loves “genius” James Blunt's Twitter, or howexcited he is by the likes of pop artist BORNS being played on Huw Stephens'Radio 1 show, immediately throws off any misconceptions surrounding the trickyfella. He's less guarded, more confident in his own skin, and thereforeextremely good company.
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