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

 

With it being 25 years since Therapy? unleashed the ferociously on-point Troublegum, the rock trio are on the lips of many: of those who follow them continuously, and those who fondly remember how much that seminal record spoke to them in 1994. The thing about Troublegum, and indeed Therapy? in general, is that it is as relevant today as it was then. Above and beyond that record, Therapy? have a wealth of material spanning their glorious career which is delivered with such intense energy live on stage.

With Prague being the only Czech date on their European tour I quickly snapped up the tickets and jumped on the train for the country’s capital. Having seen them in the UK various times over the last number of years I was confident enough to expect a lively and hardworking performance – Therapy? are a band who always give their all.

Frustratingly, due to a late arrival in Prague and an out of town hotel, I missed local support band Hell Paso. The heavy and grungy sound of the Prague-based noisemakers would be a perfect starter for the main act and judging by the positive response given to Andy Cairns’ shout-out, that seems to be the case. I urge anyone who enjoys Therapy? to give them a listen, and I’ll try to catch them next time I’m there.

I also managed to miss the beginning of the headliner and walked into the Rock Café at the same time Therapy? were crushing through their opener, Wreck it Like Beckett, although finding a place where I could see the stage proved a tiring prospect. The Rock Café was absolutely teeming with people, and the best view I could find managed to provide a view of Cairns’ hair, which he’d conveniently spiked up so I could at least see where he was. Although claustrophobic, the atmosphere was also electric, with the Prague crowd in full embrace of the headliner.

Therapy? offered up an extensive set list that included a wealth of fan favourites, some sideswipes at Trump, the British Government and the fiasco of Brexit. It’s good to see that Therapy? have lost none of their bite. Songs such as ‘Trigger Inside’, ‘Teethgrinder’ and ‘Screamager’ were obvious delights, while long-standing covers of the Joy Division’s ‘Isolation’ and, particularly, Husker Du’s ‘Diane’ had the venue shaking.

Paying homage to heroes past and present, the band offered enjoyable moments of the Priest’s ‘Breaking the Law’ and The Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen in Love’ in amongst their own vast array of hits. With an encore lasting around eight songs, they tore into the roundly loved ‘Going Nowhere’, ‘Knives’, and the ‘Church of Noise’, before ending on Success? Success is Survival.

The Rock Café was packed to breaking point, but the sound was loud and relentless. Even though I could barely see them, I can honestly say this is the best time I’ve ever seen them. Therapy? truly at their best.

Author: Craggy Collyde

You’re currently on tour with Michael Monroe and are about to hit the UK with MC50.  Must be cool gig to get playing in a band with Michael, Sami, Steve and Karl and then getting to play as guests with the likes of Wayne Kramer must be a dream job?

Oh yeah, I mean I grew up with the Hanoi Rocks stuff and I loved it, and these guys are some of my best friends in the world. It’s a rare situation being in a band where there isn’t one arsehole who makes it a nightmare being on the bus, haha. We all get along so great and I think you can see that onstage as well. And those guys are total badasses at what they do so it makes it so easy every night onstage when you know you can rely on everyone else to be killing it. 

The MC50 thing is great for us as well, hopefully, it’ll get us out in front of some people who might not know us and may be surprised by what this band is all about. I think it’s a great fit. Hopefully, we don’t get bottled off! 

You’ve also just finished recording the new album.  When can we all get to hear the new songs?

Hopefully soon, but I’d guess sometime in the spring. We’ve taken our time with it, making sure the mix is right and that that the record is the best it can possibly be. So we’re just going into mastering now, we haven’t really even thought about release dates yet.

How does the writing work within the band?  What with you guys spread out all over the globe?

It really depends. For ‘Blackout States’ I went to NYC with Steve and Karl and we spent a week working out ideas and then finished them up at home. This time we couldn’t really manage to find the time when we could do something like that so everyone did a lot of work at home and then sent demos around. Steve and I will find hotel time when we can and bash around ideas – we wrote one of the new ones in Tokyo last year – but mostly it’s been a case of sending finished songs to each other.

You’ve also gotten together with a few Black Halos to record a new record with those guys as well? Do you get bored easily? 

Ha! I just try to keep busy, I don’t like having a lot of down time. The Black Halos thing has just been rolling along slowly, I try to work on stuff when I have gaps in my schedule. We’ve got enough songs for a record now but we don’t really have a complete band line-up. Jay Millette from the original Halos lineup just played on some stuff but I don’t think he really wants to tour these days. John Kerns has been playing bass and I’d love it if he’d come along for the live shows as well. We’ll see. Karl Rockfist played drums on some stuff and so did TV from Radio Dead Ones. There’s not a lot of pressure on this stuff yet, we’ll probably make some real plans once we’ve recorded a full album. Right now it’s just a bunch of demos and a few finished-sounding songs.

Do you have to get into a different mindset when writing for The Monroes perspective compared to the Black Halos or with Rags?  is there a different pressure involved?

I wouldn’t call it pressure, although I suppose it was at first with Monroe. There’s such a high standard of writing with that band that I was worried that my songs weren’t going to be up to scratch. But now it’s pretty relaxed for me, I kind of know what works and what doesn’t which makes things a lot easier. So I wrote a lot more for this new record than I did for Blackout States. As with anything though, you need to get into a certain mindset for what suits the band and the people that you’re working with. So I know what’ll work for the Halos, and what’ll work for Michael. 

With Rags it’s usually just me and him having a bunch of drinks and a laugh and if something comes out of it, cool. He’s such a great, prolific writer that my involvement in his stuff is usually pretty minimal – I’ll maybe say ‘change a chord here’ or ‘try this bridge’ etc. The bulk of the work is always coming from him.

I don’t suppose you’re going to give away any of the titles of the songs or give us any idea as to what to expect?  

For the Monroe record? Well, I don’t want to give too much away right now. It’s a much more broad record than Blackout States. There’s still some raging punk rock but there’s a lot more diversity in the stuff. I mean we’re not going funk or anything but I think it sounds like a band that’s getting comfortable enough to stretch out more than in the past. We’ve got some great guests on it as well – Nasty Suicide plays some guitar and it’s the first time he’s recorded with Michael and Sami in something like 25 years. So that was cool to be a part of. There’s a couple of other people on there as well. Some surprises 😉 

The artwork and merch also involve yourself and you’ve certainly been responsible for some amazing pieces.  Do you have a particular favourite sleeve you’ve come up with? does it get inspired by the music or are you always coming up with new ideas?

No, I tend to look for inspiration once I get a job. Normally I ask if someone’s looking for a certain vibe and then work from there. It depends on how much free reign I get as well – some bands that I’ve worked with in the past want to let every member have their say in things and it ends up as a sort of ‘design by committee’ situation and that pretty much always turns out awful. As far as favourite stuff that I’ve done… it’s hard to pick one. Feel free to go check ‘em out at my website though *cough* turningrebellion.com. haha

It must be inspiring working with such talented and creative people. You’ve always surrounded yourself with people who work really hard at their passion.  Are there some projects that really stand out that you’ve been involved in?

Honestly, it’s this band. Everyone’s got such a great work ethic and we all complement each other really well. Making records with these guys is such a blast – it’s an amazing feeling hearing my home demos get taken to the next level and turned into these fully-realised songs. I love working with Ginger and Jon Poole as well – two absolutely insanely talented guys who push me to work harder and be better at what I do when I’m around them. When we’re not in the pub, that is.

Taking a look at what you’ve done so far take us back to where it all began.  what or who were the main reason you got into playing the guitar and wanted to be in a band?

Oh that’s an easy one. My parents took me to see Queen when I was 8 and that was it. Brian May ripping into the Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo COMPLETELY sold me on playing music! So by the time I was 12 or 13 I had bands with my school friends playing Black Sabbath and Judas Priest covers (because that’s all I could really manage to learn how to play – Paranoid and Breaking The Law!) and then I never really stopped. Early records I loved were things like Adam & The Ants and The Pretenders. David Bowie. Then I took a little turn into metal for a while – I’ve seen Iron Maiden so many times dude, hahaha! But funnily it was those Hanoi records that made me look back to stuff like the New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders. Seeing the Ramones when I was 18 or 19. Discovering Stiv Bators catalogue of stuff. You know, you keep looking and finding new music and it leads you down these little paths of discovery. I still love it to this day. There’s so much great new music out there that makes me want to keep playing and writing.

You’ve played on plenty of records over the years are there any that people might be surprised to find you had a hand in?

Probably the weirdest one is a single that I recorded a few years ago for Andy Cairns’ birthday. It’s me, Michael McKeegan & Neil Cooper from Therapy?, Tim Wheeler from Ash, Ricky Warwick, Diamond Dave (beloved radio host) and we were called The Gemils. We covered Another Girl, Another Planet and also did one original song called Purveyor Of Quackery. Only 10 vinyl copies of the single were pressed and they were given out to the band members and Andy for his 50th birthday. Possibly the rarest single ever! 

When you’re writing songs how do you go about it?  Is it a guitar part like a riff or a melody that comes first and do you come up with lyrics as well and hows your drumming?

It can be anything. Sometimes it’s a riff or a melody but usually I get a spark for a lyric and start working it into a chorus. I often get ideas while I’m out walking my dogs so I end up quietly singing them into my phone while pretending I’m on a phone call so people don’t think I’m an absolute lunatic. From there it’s a case of working out melodies and writing lyrics that fit. So generally speaking when I’m writing for Michael I’ll try to inhabit his headspace a bit and then write the lyrics from that point of view. Then I’ll demo it all up at home and send the guys a complete song. As for my drumming, well that’s what drum machines are for my friend!

What’s the best thing about your job? Live? Studio?  the creative aspect of writing?  and on the flip side what do (if anything) you least look forward to.  (Travel) (hanging around) making a video or waiting for the records to come out once they’ve been finished?

Touring is fun for sure. Being on the bus, playing the shows – I love those parts of it. I like making records and designing merch, doing the album artwork. That’s all a lot of fun. The airports and soundchecks, missing my family and the endless hours of waiting around I could live without. I’m not a fan of photoshoots and making videos either but they’re a necessary evil, haha. Honestly though, I really can’t complain about anything – this is my day job and it’s the best job in the world. 

A few quick questions.

Do you have a favourite song to play with Michael?

You know, it’s a blast playing pretty much everything in the set. It’s nice to be able to change things up and play some new stuff but I’m not sure I have a favourite. Right now we’re doing an acoustic set in the middle of the show and that’s a lot of fun because it’s something different and refreshing. But then I also like bashing people over the head with the punk rock hammer as well

How does it work when picking a set list?  

There’s just some stuff that we have to play. It’s expected that we’ll play some Hanoi and we’ll play some of the bigger solo songs. So there’s stuff that’s just always there and then we try to mix up the rest of the set as much as we can. I try to stay out of it for the most part because having 5 guys try to pick 20 songs over email is an endless and frustrating experience, haha!

Are all the Hanoi songs fair game and what would you like to play that hasn’t been in the set list yet?

Yeah I guess so. I haven’t really thought about it too much. We’re not gonna play any of the Hanoi ‘reunion’ stuff but we’ll dig into the original band’s material a lot. Right now we’re playing ‘Lost In The City’ and ‘Lightnin’ Bar Blues’ which we’ve never done before. As for stuff I’d like to play – I just want this new record out so we can play some new songs!

When the Monroe album comes out can we in the UK expect a headline tour?  what about some summer dates and a return to Rebellion after this years show-stealing performance easily the best set played at the festival by anyone.

I’m sure we’ll be back to the UK sometime next year. We’d love to do Rebellion again if they’ll have us – it was a blast! I really wasn’t sure how we’d go over but the crowd was fantastic. So we’re looking at summer festival offers now and we’ll see what happens. We’ve got a few in Spain already and hopefully, we’ll get back over to see you guys as well. I think things will become a little more clear once we’ve got the album ready to go!

Thanks for your time Rich hopefully I’ll catch you on a show somewhere sometime in the near future and I look forward to hearing all this new music you’ve been recording.  Exciting times.

Thank you, Dom, always a pleasure! Hope to see you soon