Despite still being in their (admittedly late) twenties, it seems the enemy have been around forever. In fact, their multiple platinum debut album actually reached number one back in 2007. Sad they prepare for the release of album number four, It’s Automatic, out via Warner Records this coming October, the band are ready for a change.

We’ve been working on it [the new record] for a long time,” says frontman Tom Clarke, adding, “It’s a fucking great record. It was difficult to make but not in a bad way. To people who are still living in 2007 it’ll be a shock but to us it’s a natural progression.” Of the development of their sound, he continues “I sat Andy down and said, ‘Mate, I don’t wanna make another Enemy record. I’m bored. We’ve nailed what we do, I wanna go and do solo stuff and make music like the music I listen to.’ And he said, ‘So do I.’ So we decided to take a leap of faith together.”

On the evidence of title track It’s Automatic, it’s been a triumph. Opening with these heavy drums, it has this almost swirling quality to it, largely provided by the synth sounds and guitar arpeggios. Over the top Clarkes distinctive vocal delivers a-grade melodies, as inbetween the verses, the guitar soars through.

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