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Coventry band The Enemy announce split

Coventry Editorial 7th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY band The Enemy have announced they are splitting up.

The indie trio, who shot to fame with the song ‘Away from Here’, has said this year’s upcoming tour dates will be the band’s last.

In a post on Facebook, frontman Tom Clarke said it was with a ‘heavy heart’ that he

He wrote: “Ten years ago in 2006 my two best friends and I stepped into a rehearsal room and The Enemy was born.

“Over a decade we created four albums and toured them successfully around the world.

“For a number of reasons the dates we are announcing in 2016 will be the last time we take to the stage as The Enemy, at least for the foreseeable future.”

Blaming less exposure on radio, fatherhood and ‘health issues’, Tom and fellow band members Liam Watts and Andy Hopkins thanked loyal fans.

He added: “Radio changes, there is without doubt less room for bands on the airwaves these days and whereas once acts used to be able to get their big break on a sixth record, in this climate radio and the media is bored of them by their third, save a very select few.

“Our last record was to my mind the most complete and indeed the best we made, but radio and the media couldn’t find a place for it despite unwaveringly strong ticket sales from a passionately devoted audience.

“Sadly funding and releasing records just isn’t possible without support and exposure from radio.

“This frustrates and saddens me in equal measure.”

The band were the opening act at the Godiva Festival 2006 and went on to play the festival for the next two years – headlining the Electric Stage at the 2008 festival.

The Enemy released four albums, sold over 1 million record, and played to sell-out tours across the country.

Thanking his fans, Tom added: “They drove this band, they provided the fire for this decade long journey.

“I have always loved them and I always will. They’ve kept me going at times when I thought nothing else might.

“To all Enemy fans, I adore you.

“As we stand on stage for the last few times on this tour, I’ll be cherishing the last fleeting moments of a decade that has shaped who we all are, bands and fans alike.

“Come, bring your hearts, bring your lungs and leave with our songs, take them onto the streets and into your lives and keep them alive for us forever.

“Six dates will be released soon, we’ll see you at the front.”

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