Make friends hearing The Enemies


From love to hate there is just one step. From enemies to friends too. That’s how “The Enemies” were born. Before the band, the lead vocal and the guitarist played in rival groups while they were competing in battle of the bands.

But now Colin O’Donoghue, Ronan McQuillan, Mark Montague (Monty), Martin Shields (Brush) and Johnny Crean play together their pop/rock music, which people all over the world enjoy and help them through bad times.

The Irish band spoke to The Outsider Argentina about their music, the tours and about “Sounds Big On The Radio”, the new album that they would be releasing in March.

How did the band start?

Ronan: I and Colin got together to play at a friend’s birthday party and immediately clicked so decided to start the band. Over the next few years they asked the current members to join.

Why “The Enemies”?

Ronan: before me and Colin joined forces we both played in rival groups that competed in battle of the bands competitions, so they thought it would be funny to call this band THE ENEMIES.

How would you define your music?

Monty: We are a pop/rock band. Our music gives a feel good vibe, the lyrics are easily understood, but make a lot of sense about the world that we live in.

Who are your biggest influences?

Brush: Ireland is full of talented musicians and we all grew up surrounded by musicians that have influenced us. What our parents listened to would have influenced us greatly also – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Sinatra, The Eagles etc., but we love to rock out to AC/DC and Perl Jam, or maybe chill out with some cool jazz.

What is your source of inspiration when you write your music?

Johnny: We draw our inspiration to write from everyday life. What goes on around us, the people we meet; these are the things that inspire us the most.

How is like to perform outside Ireland?

Ronan: It’s a pleasure to play music to a new audience, with different cultures and languages. Music is international. If people dance and sing along that’s what it’s all about. People the world over love to dance and love to sing.

Where have you been?

Brush: We have been to many places. Outside of Ireland we’ve spent a lot of time in the UK, and have been lucky to perform in America, Italy.

What is the audience’s repercussion?

Johnny: The main repercussions are people getting to know our music, example you play a show and it’s great, and then a few days later someone will send you a message on Facebook or twitter saying how much they enjoyed your music. Getting invited to play in other countries is always amazing. People contact us from places we never knew our music could be heard. Being told that your music has helped somebody through a difficult time is amazing.

Are you thinking about making a new album? What can you tell us about it?

Ronan: The new album will be called “Sounds Big On The Radio” and will be released in March of this year. We don’t yet have the backing of a big record company so it’s taken a little longer to finish, but we’ve had a lot of fun making this album. It’s a feel good album with songs that will make the audience feel good. The songs are very catchy, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along immediately.

Samantha Schuster