Born out of the ashes of grunge, Northern Ireland’s Therapy? have often challenged their fans and record labels alike with releases that have shown an ear for a hook amongst their punk tunes but have often eschewed commercial success for artistic integrity.
Everyone has their time in the sun and both trajectories collided for Therapy? on 1994’s magnum opus ‘Troublegum’ as a catchy chorus, driving drums and Andy Cairns’ aggressive vocals brought over two million sales worldwide. Chuck in a Mercury Music Prize nomination and Therapy? were the new darlings of the rock world.
Of course, this may not have been the career plan that the band had in mind and they never really capitalised on the whole ‘world at your feet’ scenario. There was still critical acclaim but the punk metal that had seen them through to this point was swept aside by a broader cinematic soundscape that saw a cellist join the band for the next few albums.
Over time though, their punk sensibilities have returned and after the 20th anniversary tour of ‘Troublegum’, they set about recording a fourteenth studio album as an unofficial follow-up to their career highlight. ‘Disquiet’ is released on 22nd March and if lead single ‘Still Hurts’ is any indication, the three-piece have lost none of their energy and aggression and their appearance at The Marble Factory in Bristol on the 27th will be their first live outing after the release of this new material. It is safe to say that it won’t be a night for cosy thoughts and mugs of horlicks.
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