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The Enemy explain second album
By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

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The Enemy will embark on a full UK tour next March

The Enemy are exploring a bigger sound for their forthcoming second album.

The threesome - currently working on the follow up to 2007 debut We'll Live And Die In These Towns in Monmouth, Wales - will release new material next spring.

Lead singer Tom Clarke told Newsbeat that all the tracks were sounding "big - very big".

Describing the sound, he said: "Imagine cloning a woolly mammoth and an elephant then gluing the two together."

Welsh retreat

After a busy summer of festival appearances the Coventry rockers have spent the autumn recording new material at Rockfield Studios with producer Mike Crossey.

"It's sounding well good," said lead singer Tom Clarke.

"Imagine cloning a woolly mammoth and an elephant then gluing the two together and then getting AC/DC to ride the back of it with Noel Gallagher sitting on the trunk just having a little sing song with [Paul] Weller."

Before entering the studio the band reportedly had thirty new songs prepared - a number they've been forced to whittle down.

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The Enemy played second at this year's Radio 1's Big Weekend

"One thing we've never done is record anything prematurely - I never write any lyrics down," said Clarke. "[We] don't demo anything too early. A lot of people, a lot of producers hate that."

After completing a hectic touring schedule over the past 12 months they're also enjoying spending time in the peaceful surroundings of a rural setting.

"There are four people in Monmouth," joked Clarke. "I'm loving how remote it is. How you can just get up and not have a shave. You can't get any phone signal so no one bothers you. It's nice."

Tight security

There will though be no sneak peeks of new material for the moment. Not even the occasional live track.

"We're all bang into the new stuff and it'd be so easy to slip in a new tune," he said speaking at the launch of the NME Awards 2009 nominations, where they later played a short set in front of a packed crowd of fans at Brixton, south London pub The Prince.

"I'm really hoping that it doesn't get leaked," he admitted. "We're not going to bust any of it out, until it's out. I'm pretty confident people can deal with the excitement."

"For me part of the excitement about a band that I like bringing out a new record is queuing in the shop and actually holding it in your hands. Hearing all the tunes in one go."

For me part of the excitement about a band that I like bringing out a new record is queuing in the shop and actually holding it in your hands
Tom Clarke, The Enemy

Sustaining momentum

Understandably, right now the three-piece are eager to capitalise on the momentum of their highly successful debut.

"We haven't really stopped. It's just continued really - I don't I'd like it if it stopped. I don't know what I'd do with myself," said Clarke.

"Sometimes we have a couple of nights off and I'll just be sat at home literally just watching Top Gear going 'I don't know to do'. If it wasn't for [TV channel] Dave I'd be over. I'd be in Dundee barefoot with Alan Partridge."

With the new album tentatively pencilled for release for the first quarter of 2009 the band will then embark on a UK stadium tour alongside Oasis and Kasabian next summer.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing the Oasis fans to be honest because I think they're probably me," laughed Clarke. "I'll be in the crowd with 'em after we've played. The Enemy, Kasabian and Oasis - if I was going to go to one gig this year I'd probably go to that one."



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