30 years after rocking the punk world, The Enemy are back with a new single
DERBY punk band The Enemy, who originally made their mark in the early 1980s, are releasing a new single next month after a break of more than 26 years.
The band decided to re-form in January last year and played a memorable reunion gig at The Victoria Inn, Derby, in June, followed by an appearance at the Rebellion Punk Music Festival in Blackpool on August 4.
Overwhelmed by the response of fans, both old and new, they were spurred on to record some new material.
The result is a single called Lie To Me which will be released on February 1 and a new album will be available in the summer.
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The Enemy have numerous UK gigs pencilled in for 2013. On February 2 they also plan to celebrate the single release with a performance at The Hairy Dog in Becket Street, Derby, which will include a mixture of old and new songs.
Drummer Mark Herrington says the band are playing for the love of it rather than any serious attempt to make a living through their music.
"We kept bumping into each other at various music events and just decided to have another go at it," he says. "We have all enjoyed playing together again and have been delighted by the positive response we have experienced."
The band initially formed as teenagers at a Derby youth club in the early 80s. In keeping with the spirit of the time, they organised themselves a venue and staged their first ever gig at the Woodlands Youth Centre in Allestree. The line-up featured Mark Woodhouse (vocals), Steve "Mez" Mellers (guitar), Steve O'Donnell (bass), and Mark Herrington (drums).
Their sound soon caught the attention of another Derby punk band, Anti Pasti, who offered them a support slot.
The Enemy recorded their first single, 50,000 Dead, at Old Cottage Studios in Derby – releasing it on their own Tin Tin label.
The single received Radio One airplay on the John Peel Show and led to the band being signed to Fall Out Records, debuting on the label with "Fallen Hero" in May 1982.
The anti-war song reached number four in the UK Indie Chart and was also included on the Punk and Disorderly volume 2 compilation which reached the indie top 10.
Kev Lamb joined the band on guitar and the debut album Gateway To Hell was issued in 1983 to much critical acclaim and respectable sales.
The band toured the UK in support of the album and moved to the Mansfield based Rot label for their next single, "Last But Not Least". This was followed by an album of the same name (now featuring lead guitarist Russel Maw) but the album turned out to be The Enemy's final release.
The band did not record or play live again until last year, although lead guitarist, Wayne Griffiths, has replaced Lamb, who still plays with fellow Derby band The Beekeepers.
WHAT: The Enemy
WHERE: The Hairy Dog, Becket Street
WHEN: February 2
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