With the release of a new EP on the horizon, we caught up with Croydon pop-rock four-piece Best Of Enemies.
Congratulations on the completion of A Fear That Comes Around. What emotions come along with releasing your music out to the world?
Thank you! I think there are a lot of emotions floating around; relief, joy and self doubt. After not releasing anything for three years there’s some worry that people might not be on board or that it won’t meet expectations. Since recording “A Fear” last April it’s been a bit of a year long panic so we’re really chuffed to finally be getting it out.
Thematically, what are the ideologies behind your craft – would you say that you have a story to tell?
I’d say the main ideology would be honesty. If we’ve got a message to tell to people then it would be “people, tell your own story”. Sam’s lyrics are refreshingly honest and there’s no sense of pretence behind them, it’s about writing how you feel without a need to dress those feelings up. Let your feelings come as they are.
What fuels, influences and inspires your creative process?
What’s quite nice is that we all have a range of influences and listen to a variety of different music so we know how to compliment each other through a range of musical sensibilities. I think that we get quite excited by new ideas so if someone starts jamming a riff in practice we’ll normally all start playing along, then from there we record it on a phone and then from there work on a demoing a version. We’re always in and out of each others houses from that stage working on tracks and sharing them with each other, suggesting ideas and trying new things so I guess we really motivate and inspire each other in a way.
What makes Best of Enemies stand out from the crowd?
I think that what makes Best of Enemies stand out from the crowd is the tone that their songs carry. Ben and Sam have some of the smoothest guitar tones known to man and I think that really gives each song a unique sound and finish. Vocally, Sam has an amazing range and wonderfully British voice which adds to the tonal soundscapes that are our songs. Also, we say things like “tonal soundscapes” haha.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Now that is a tough question, I can definitely narrow it down to two but dang one is hard. If you’d asked me a month ago it would have definitely been ‘Sorry State’, I think that song really packs a punch whilst also showcasing some great dynamics and unique tones from the lads. Also it’s about being incredibly hungover after the sesh which is probably the story of our lives. However, asking me now I think I’d have to say “Shake The Feeling” more or less for all of the same reasons. It’s a bit more spaced out but again shows off the unique tones and dynamics that the band achieve, also, I don’t think it’s a track that overly sounds like anything else that’s been heard before which is an accomplishment.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
I think the biggest highlight of our career so far (other than doing this interview) would have to be going out and doing some shows in Germany & Holland last year. It was pretty insane to be playing music outside of the UK and the best part was they loved it! The German gigging scene especially is rife and bands are so well looked after with meals, drinks and anything else that might be needed so it made a change to what we were used to. Also, the party life out there is fantastic.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The biggest struggle I think for any band is finances. At every turn there’s always something to be paid for whether it’s going into the studio, booking and travelling to venues, trying to get exposure and promotion etc. Over the years, we’ve found ways around this obstacle but that doesn’t stop it from being any less inconvenient.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
The future is looking blindingly bright, 2019 should prove to be a very busy year for us. We’ve got a release show for ‘A Fear That Comes Around’ on the 24th April at the Tram & Social in Tooting, it’s my dad’s birthday so come along for cake. We’re looking to do some shows over the summer so more news on that soon. We’re also playing the Camden Rocks Fest on the 2nd June which we’re all absolutely hyped about, such a prestigious festival that we’ve all gone to over the years it’s insane to say we’ll be playing it. Otherwise, behind the scenes we’ve already started working on some new tracks so who knows, you might be hearing from us again sooner than you think.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
I think I speak for the whole band when I say we want to be remembered better than the film “Best Of Enemies”. It’s all that comes up when you google the band name so to take top spot in the search engine would be pretty great.
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A Fear That Comes Around will release on 24th April.