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Kilcoole, Leinster, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2007

Kilcoole, Leinster, Ireland
Established on Jan, 2007
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"Enemies - Play Fire"

Irish post-rock-meets-math outfit Enemies are debuting new single incendiary new cut "Play Fire" on Best Fit.

It's their first new music in over two years - since their sophomore record Embark, Embrace - and sees the band venture into the world of pop proper for the first time in their career.

It's a swollen behemoth of rhythms and hooks. Jagged guitars bob and weave amidst minimalist harmonies - think of (very) early Foals or early Everything Everything - with gossamer-thin layers all combining to create a richly textured piece of atmospheric pop.

Lewis Jackson (guitarist) says of the new track: “'Play Fire' is our take on pop music; it was this idea of getting as far away from our comfort zone as possible, without losing what makes us Enemies. The new record feels like we're moving away from what we know. It hasn't been an easy process, but no album should be.”

The single is the first taste of the band's upcoming third record. - The Line Of Best Fit

"Irish Times - Song Of The Week"

Enemies – Play Fire

There was a time five years ago where you couldn't walk into a venue in many Irish cities without the strong likelihood that there would be a post-rock instrumental band playing on the stage. The zeitgeist of math-rock is over now but that does mean that the remaining players are either moving on or staying put. For those who are attempting to move forward, it's a question of whether to incorporate new textures.

As band members get more confident with experience, that usually means vocals. For a band like And So I Watch You From Afar, that could mean the risk of smudging their sound with the influence of more-straightforward rock bands, as heard on their most recent release Heirs (which largely manages to avoid that fate). For Enemies' first song in two years, they play with vocals that work in a new way for the band, breathing a gossamer anthemic emotion to proceedings that culminates in a lilting bright way. Post-rock with choruses? It's a done deal. - The Irish Times

"Enemies - Play Fire Review"

They're smarter than me, which is unnerving. I'm 37 seconds into the track and they've already layered the Christ out of it - everyone adding their tasty bit. By the time the vocal comes in at 1:01 I'm in a room filled with people not only smarter but more sensitive than me and they're all dancing. Oh God. Just how much more do they actually know than me? Do I fit in here? Am I being accepted? Not only that, they sound really nice, like the kind of people who value what they have and aren't striving for more (oh how I hate those people!).

Tasty drum licks arrive unadvertised with vocal scales equally humbly presented. But soft! In the rebuild I sense an invitation. Strains of Bon Iver in the vocal suggest I too could be part of this party. They're saying something in the vocal, I know it's not exactly 'I am Spartacus,' but it sounds like that and there's something that evokes invitation for collective identity.

You ever notice how white people never dance at concerts? I think 'Play Fire' played live could actually get them to engage, and that is an accomplishment. There's something Sting-y in this track, but if Sting's lumberousness were replaced by enthusiasm and was actually pleasant.

The song is better than the video, where the closeups with the facial hair evoke a talking vagina. Clearly the Director insisted on absolute seriousness when addressing the camera. There's scarves everywhere. And I don't know why but it's in a barn. Anyway I really liked it. - Clash Magazine


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