Article by Pete Chambers
Coventry indie band The Enemy, shut up shop in October, after a series of emotional gigs at the Coventry Empire. Their reign lasted ten glorious years, in that time the band became the only Coventry Artists to ever achieve a number one hit album (even the Specials or Frank Ifield never managed that). That album “Live and Die In These Towns”, helped launch the band onto massive success.
Now The Coventry Music Museum, is honouring the trio with a year-long exhibition Live and Die-A Celebration of The Enemy. The exhibition, traces their first musical steps as The Bridges, their three key appearances at Coventry Godiva Festival and onto their glorious homecoming at The Ricoh area, right up to their very last gigs.
With the full support of the band, the exhibition will feature the bands stage set, showcasing their backline amps and their actual tools of the trade including Andy’s black Fender bass and Tom’s iconic green Telecaster, and of course Liam’s “The Enemy” drum kit.
The exhibition will also feature rare behind-the-scenes photographs taken over a ten year period of the band by local music journalist Pete Chambers BEM.