After hearing the new Oasis effort Lord, Don’t Slow Me Down, it suddenly struck us that it has been 10 long years since they last released a genuinely exciting single – D’You Know What I Mean in 1997.
Rather than suffer the triennial letdown of a new album from the brothers grim, a better idea would be to cut your losses and seek out the pretenders to their throne. So who are they? Kasabian are too intense, Arctic Monkeys are too talented, The View are too cuddly… so that just leaves THE ENEMY.
The Coventry lads seem to have all the right credentials – there’s the fondness for sportswear, the songs about the people (for the people), the flirtations with controversy (although you can’t really see Oasis attacking someone in a letter) and, how convenient, there’s even a Liam in The Enemy.
But working class image and fanbase aside, the real beauty of this trio is that they’ve already got the hit single formula sussed. Their only challenge now is to keep it going for another decade.
4 The Enemy – You’re Not Alone
b October 3, Ironworks, Inverness
b October 4, Music Hall, Aberdeen
b October 5, Barrowland, Glasgow
b October 6, Fat Sams, Dundee
b November 24, AECC, Aberdeen (supporting Stereophonics)
b November 25, SECC, Glasgow (supporting Stereophonics)