The Enemy at the Koko
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The Enemy 28/05/14

A great band, a great venue, a day off the next day, what could go wrong. Absolutely nothing. I really love going to the Koko, it has a fantastic atmosphere and every gig I have seen here has always been top notch. The only down side to the place is the alcohol, £5 if I remember rightly for a can of lager but I knew that before I got in there.

The Enemy are just a great guitar band, the sort that years ago at the Chancellor we would have had a jump about to. If you have ever been to the Koko you will know the downstairs is quite a big area, this was nonstop movement all through the gig. I am sadly too old to do this now but it still does not stop you enjoying loud, fast, spiky rock music. It doesn’t stop Maurice either. The band come on the stage with the Who’s “Teenage wasteland” blaring out to the start of a great show.

A lot of the songs I knew but didn’t know the titles apart from the anthemic “Away from here” “We live and die in these towns” a couple of covers “the drugs don’t work” and Blur’s “Tender.” These were all played to rapturous fans. I think that the difference when you get a bit older is that you do not read every word on an album or learn every song off by heart. The crowd certainly enjoyed it, they were all just under 30 and I can see them in a few years’ time still going to see the Enemy wondering why no young people go to see them, just like us at a RnB gig. This is the second time I have seen them and will certainly go again so I recommend them to anyone who has not had the pleasure.

A good night, good company and a good laugh.

Duncan, May 2014.