AU61: Let Our Enemies Beware breaking through piece

January 4, 2010

I love being able to shout about new bands that I love. That’s all this is – do yourself a favour and give them a listen. I can’t wait to get the opportunity to see them live.


MEMBERS: Shareef Dahroug (vocals, guitar), James Boast (guitar, artwork), Adam Elwin (guitar, vocals), Christopher Boast (drums).
FORMATION: Chatham, Kent, 2005.
FOR FANS OF: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Fugazi, Slint.
CHECK OUT: Against Karate, out now on Smalltown America.
WEBSITE: www.myspace.com/letourenemiesbeware

It’s not overstating things in the slightest to say that Let Our Enemies Beware are one of the most exciting rock bands in Britain. For the time being, the Kent quartet fly under the radar, but surely not for long, because once word spreads about their utterly inspired debut album Against Karate, there will be no stopping them. “The band is a cathartic thing, I suppose,” says the band’s brilliantly unhinged frontman Shareef Dahroug. “It’s shaking off the usual boredom and drudgery of everyday life by shouting at a lot of people in the dark and them, for the most part, thanking us for it.”

The band came to our attention via the good people at Smalltown America records, who got involved after spotting them playing live in London. From there, a spot on one of the label’s Public Service Announcement compilations (#9 if you’re interested) and a tour with our very own And So I Watch You From Afar and LaFaro followed, and now LOEB have a rabid, slavering beast of a full-length to show for it all. This is 20 years of noisy bastard guitar music neatly distilled into 45 minutes – the mean ferocity of Shellac, the heart-bursting conviction of At The Drive-In, the creepy atmosphere of Slint and the utter fucking mayhem of …Trail Of Dead when Conrad’s in one of his moods. “Live, we are the aural equivalent of a nervous breakdown,” says Dahroug. “You can decide whether it’s any good for yourself if you don’t mind losing your hearing to find out.” Believe us, sir, we’ll take that risk.



  1. You’re far too kind!

  2. Now now, false modesty will get you nowhere. 😉

    (PS: come to Belfast already)

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