Enduring and endearing that’s the threesome that makeup Therapy? they’ve have never been ones to follow convention even when they do something quite conventional like releasing a greatest hits album.

‘The Greatest Hits’ takes tracks from throughout their career of highs and maybe not so highs. This their 30th-anniversary run sees this new album breathing a fresh breath of brutality into already fiery songs.  I’ve always seen Therapy? as an iron fist in a velvet glove kinda band.  they can write some right out and out abrasive in your face slabs of noise but they can also be touching and heartfelt whilst delivering that punch (if you know what I mean?)  Oh and before I forget it also comes with a bonus live album.  Always offering value for money. I always thought the old adage about Motorhead applied to Therapy? because they will survive after any holocaust along with the cockroaches then probably put on a show before feasting on the mites such is their dogged determination to push on and never stand still even when looking back at themselves and what they’ve achieved they twist it and push the boundaries rather than offering up some cut and pasted best of and that’s because they give a shit about their legacy, their fans and the future.

‘Teethgrinder’ is first up and with a sparkling production, it has to be said. The band worked with producer Chris Sheldon, who produced the original ‘Troublegum’ album as well as working on ‘Semi-Detached’, ‘High Anxiety’ and ‘Cleave’ so a safe pair of hands – someone who knew the band and what they were/are about and was able to give them that extra piece of x-factor needed on this project.  No cost spared as they headed for Abbey Road none the less and its paid off in spades.

The 12-track album includes all their UK hits including ‘Screamager’ and a reworking of ‘Diane’; Featuring James Dean Bradfield of the Manics.  I forgot how fuckin’ menacing ‘Turn’ sounds with that grinding bassline twisting the listener’s inner ear throughout.  The one thing that stands out is how damn fresh these songs sound.  They never suffered from a shit production but this is another level as 2020 sees songs reborn.  ‘Nowhere’ still sounds epic and a real rush of adrenaline.  I can’t help but feel there’s a little chuckle being made having James Dean Bradfield singing on ‘Die Laughing’  maybe they should have renamed it ‘Dai Laughing’.

‘Diane’ is one of my favourite song from the band and this new take is brilliant.  Welcome to the church of noise one and all and those old-timers this is a great celebration happening here and those new to this band you’re most welcome but where the fuck have you been you maniacs? Heres to the next milestone and something else from Therapy? Oh, I guess I should mention the bonus disc, well, that’s fifteen songs one from each album live as a bonus with the CD version. It’s a great time to be a fan of the band then with so much going on as they head out the door to promote their 30-year plan so you can see them after you’ve played this greatest hits package to death.

As far as greatest hits go this one is up there with the best in the noisy bastard genre. Still on fire – Still not compromising – Still doin’ the biz. Therapy? I love em

Greatest Hits (2020 Versions) here

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Author: Dom Daley

 

Therapy? – So much for the 30 year plan
Ahead of their April shows in Manchester and London, the Northern Irish rockers Therapy? have extended their So Much For The 30 Year Plan tour, with another thirteen dates just added for October.

To coincide with the tour the band re-recorded 12 of their UK Top 40 hits, many of which have become standout anthems, in Abbey Road to bring the tracks into the present as part of their new album Greatest Hits, set for release on March 13th, 2020.

Tickets  / Greatest Hits Packages

 

To coincide with the bands So Much for the 30 Year Plan Tour the band re-recorded 12 of their UK Top 40 hits, many of which have become standout anthems, in Abbey Road to bring the tracks into the present. The band worked with producer Chris Sheldon, who produced the original Troublegum album as well as working on Semi-Detached, High Anxiety and the band’s latest record Cleave, to record the 12-track album that includes all their UK hits including Screamager and a reworking of Diane; Featuring James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers on one track, the band reflect on their great time touring and growing as a band over the past thirty years.

 

Vocalist Andy Cairns comments on the release:

 

Distilling the essence of what makes Therapy? what we are isn’t easy. Anyone familiar with the 30 years of the band’s history and numerous releases will be aware we have a broad range of musical taste and we’ve never been a band easily pigeon-holed. Putting together a representative package would be a nightmare and would likely involve a box set. In the end we decided to go for a take on the Greatest Hits format only and instead of compiling the tracks from previous releases we thought it would make things more current if we went into the famous Abbey Road studios and worked with the legendary producer, Chris Sheldon, a friend who has collaborated with us successfully over the decades. The Greatest Hits are just that. Our twelve most successful top 40 UK singles.

 

We’re proud of these songs and are excited by how fresh they still sound today.

We hope these tracks will comfort those already familiar with them, remind estranged friends that it’s time they got back in touch and show younger listeners how a bunch of misfits use chaos and melody to get through life and its toughest challenges. Timeless rock songs recorded in a magical studio by an icon of music production. What more do you want?

 

Therapy? has never stopped moving in our 30 years and are always writing and ready for the next phase but in 2020 we’d love everyone to join in our celebrations of three decades of noise and adversity. This album is your invitation. Love, Therapy? January 2020.

Alongside the 12 tracks, the CD edition comes with a second disc. This 15-track (containing 1 song from each of the bands 15 studio albums) ‘official’ bootleg is culled from the band’s personal archives and features a selection of previously unheard live recordings spanning 1990 to 2020.

 

Other available pre-order products include a signed limited coloured vinyl, 30 limited edition test pressings, signed CD (including official bootleg), limited t-shirt and 30 handwritten lyric sheets of Die Laughing, Nowhere and Turn. Amongst the Pre-Orders, the band will be hiding three Golden Laminates for lucky fans to find. The laminate allows the holder plus one to attend any of the bands headline shows between March 2020 and March 2021. A great experience for any fan, for more info please see the bands pre-order page.

Therapy? will be touring the UK and Europe in March and then returning later in the year for a second run of dates. Tickets for October/November on Sale Feb 28th at 10am.

 

‘So Much For The 30 Year Plan’ Tour 2020
Mar 19th – Grunspan, Hamburg
Mar 20th – Gebaude 9, Cologne
Mar 21st – Backstage, Munich
Mar 22nd – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg
Mar 24th – Rockhal, Luxembourg
Mar 25th – AB, Brussels

Mar 26th – Gebouw-T, Bergen op Zoom
Mar 27th – Tivoli, Utrecht
Apr 3rd – O2 Ritz, Manchester
Apr 4th – Electric Ballroom, London

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Sep 25th – The Olympia, Dublin

Sept 26th – The Limelight, Belfast

 

 

Therapy? Autumn Tour 2020

 

Oct 4th – Phoenix, Exeter

Oct 5th – Wedgewood, Portsmouth

Oct 6th – Concorde 2, Brighton

Oct 8th – SWX, Bristol

Oct 9th – Waterfront, Norwich

Oct 10th – Rock City, Nottingham

Oct 12th – Garage, Glasgow

Oct 13th – Riverside, Newcastle

Oct 15th – Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Oct 16th – Welly, Hull

Oct 17th – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton

Oct 19th – Tramshed, Cardiff

Oct 20th – Junction, Cambridge

 

Oct 28th – Die Pumpe, Kiel

Oct 29th – Tower, Bremen

Oct 30th – Lido, Berlin

Nov 1st – WUK, Vienna

Nov 2nd – A38, Budapest

Nov 4th – Kulturladen, Konstanz

Nov 5th – Universum, Stuttgart

Nov 6th – JUZ Foerster, Saarbrucken

Nov 7th – Turcok, Essen

Nov 9th – Spuknikhalle, Munster

Nov 10th – De Posthoorn, Hamont

Nov 12th – Alter Schlachthof, Eupen

Nov 13th – CC Rene Magritte, Lessines

Nov 14th – Metropool, Enschede

Nov 15th – Patronaat, Haarlem

Nov 17th – Hedon, Zwolle

Nov 18th – Willem Twee Poppodium, Den Bosch

Nov 19th – Paard van troie, Den Haag

Nov 20th – Luxor Live, Arnhem

Nov 21st – De oosterpoort, Groningen