Make Friends With THE ENEMIES

Know your Enemies (L-R): Johnny Crean, Martin Shields, Ronan McQuillan, Colin O'Donoghue, and Mark Montague.
Know your Enemies (L-R): Johnny Crean, Martin Shields, Ronan McQuillan, Colin O’Donoghue, and Mark Montague –

The pride of Drogheda County, Louth, The Enemies, consisting of 5 Irish lads with a penchant for irresistible pop-rock melodies, is set to take on the world in 2013. Formed in 2003, the band has seen its profile rise dramatically the past year as its guitarist, rising star, Colin O’Donoghue makes a name for himself in Hollywood.

Though The Enemies have already amassed a rabid fan base in their native Ireland with undeniably catchy songs that recall the great pop rock bands of the 1990’s. Radio friendly hits like “Perfect Stranger” and “Beauty People” harken back to a time when groups like Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic, and Sublime were topping the charts alongside rock Gods, Radiohead and fellow Irishmen, U2.

Yet it’s not just their fans who can’t stop gushing. Similar to recent breakout band Fun., they have seen Madison Avenue come eagerly knocking in response to their breezy melodies.  The Enemies have had their songs used in advertisements for such varied companies as Chevy, CocaCola, and Cornetto’s ice cream.  They even have a song featured on Direct TV’s upcoming 3D surfing documentary series Gone Until December.  Consisting of Ronan McQuillan on lead vocals and guitar, Mark Montague on drums, Martin Shields on bass guitar, Johnny Crean on lead guitar and backing vocals, and of course O’Donoghue on guitar, backing vocals, and ukulele, this tight knit band has paid its dues and is ready for the spotlight.

Irish rockers: The Enemies
Irish rockers: The Enemies

Of course, the fact that the dashing O’Donoghue has broken out, first in last year’s, The Rite, opposite Anthony Hopkins, and now as the newest regular on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, certainly hasn’t hurt their ascent. Since the smoldering Irish cutie joined the popular Sunday Night Show as Captain Hook, the show’s rabid fan base has eagerly embraced the deserving band, opening the world up to one of Ireland’s best-kept musical secrets.

Gone are the days of actors like Bruce Willis and Don Johnson moonlighting as rock stars.  Trendsetting artists like Jared Leto have brought the same uniqueness and intensity to their music as to their acting career, opening up the door for respectability.  Colin O’Donoghue and his band, The Enemies hope to mimic the success of 30 Seconds to Mars with their self-funded album due out later this year. If Colin’s thriving film and television career is any indication, get ready to hear a lot more about The Enemies.

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