The Enemy to split after farewell tour
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 April 2016
Tom Clarke has announced his indie rock band The Enemy is to split after their 10th anniversary tour this year
The Enemy are to split this year after a farewell tour.
The indie rock band - who formed in 2006 - will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year with six live shows but after the run of concerts ends they will go their separate ways.
Frontman Tom Clarke has revealed the decision was made due to the group's lack of radio airplay, media coverage and his own battle with depression - which he first shared in 2014.
In a statement posted to fans on Facebook, he wrote: "It's with a heavy heart that I write ... Ten years ago in 2006 my two best friends and I stepped into a rehearsal room and The Enemy was born. Over a decade we created four albums and toured them successfully around the world ... the dates we are announcing in 2016 will be the last time we take to the stage as The Enemy, at least for the foreseeable future."
The band - also comprised of Andy Watkins and Liam Watts -had three top 10 albums and sold over One Million records and played sell out tours.
They released their debut album 'We'll Live and Die in These Towns' in 2007 and it went straight to number one in the UK but their last LP 'It's Automatic', released in 2015, struggled to make any impact and charted at 21.
Tom said the band's struggle to get exposure is what ultimately lead to their decision to call it a day.
The 'Away From Here' singer said: "There is without doubt less room for bands on the airwaves these days ... our last record was ... the best we made, but radio and the media couldn't find a place for it despite unwaveringly strong ticket sales from a passionately devoted audience. Sadly funding and releasing records just isn't possible without support and exposure from radio. This frustrates and saddens me in equal measure. While this is the main reason ... health issues for myself and one of us becoming a proud father are amongst some of the others."
In 2014 Tom revealed he was suffering from depression but he says it's the fans support that "kept him going".
The band will announce dates for their farewell tour on Monday (11.04.16).