Therapy?

Therapy?

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With keen pop sensibilities, a skewed sense of humour and a willingness to draw inspiration from diverse sources (notably punk rock), Therapy? after a twenty year-plus career has outlasted competitors and outwitted industry attempts at categorization... LONG LIVE THERAPY?

Biography

Therapy? (Biography)

Andy Cairns - Guitar & Vocals
Neil Cooper - Drums
Michael McKeegan - Bass

Northern Ireland, 1989. Andy Cairns from Ballyclare and Fyfe Ewing from Larne meet at a gig of local bands. A mutual taste in music and attitude drives them to decide to start a band.They decide on the name Therapy?—it’s short and easy to remember.
Rehearsing in Fyfe’s bedroom after school and when Andy has time off from the factory he works in, they put together their early material with Fyfe on drums and vocals and Andy on guitar and vocals. Easter/summer they go to a small studio on Belfast’s Lisburn Road and put down their first demo, including: Bloody Blue, Skyward, Body O.D. and Beefheart/Albini, with Andy filling in on bass duties.
Needing a bass player to complete the line up they recruit Fyfe’s school buddy Michael McKeegan on bass. Michael, an energetic and enthusiastic metal fan, is influenced by the same music as the boys but also adds to the party: Voivod, Carcass, Napalm Death, Black Sabbath and various Grindcore, Black, Speed and Doom Metal.
They play their first gig that summer at Belfast Art College organized by Giro’s gig collective, supporting Decadence Within. Later that year they record their second demo in a studio in Lurgan. The tracks are Multifuck, Here Is, S.W.T. and Punishment Kiss. They play more gigs round Northern Ireland and decide to record their own single.
The band's first album, July 1991's Babyteeth, and its January 1992 follow up, Pleasure Death, were successful enough to earn the band a major label deal with A&M Records. The two albums, although poorly engineered in places, brimmed with originality and potential. Both albums were an underground success, hitting number 1 in the UK Indie Charts. The attention led to support slots with both Babes In Toyland and Hole on their respective UK tours. A compilation of the two albums entitled Caucasian Psychosis was prepared for the North American market, and the band embarked on their first U.S. tour in October 1992.
Their debut A&M record, Nurse, made its way in to UK's Top 40 Album Chart in November 1992, while lead single Teethgrinder became the bands first Top 40 single in both the UK and Ireland. The grunge revolution was in full swing, with US outfit Nirvana leading the way. Predictably, the media began to draw comparisons with the two bands. The heavy guitars and inventive drumming that was swiftly becoming Therapy?'s trademark led them more towards the grunge camp than away from it.
If there was one true "breakthrough" year in the band's history, it would almost certainly be 1993. The release of the Shortsharpshock EP catapulted Therapy? into the Top 40, peaking at nine, featuring the lead track Screamager. The single led to the first of several appearances on the venerable UK music show Top Of The Pops. Two more UK Top 40 EP’s Face The Strange and Opal Mantra followed, as the band toured heavily on the European festival circuit, made two separate jaunts to the US in support of Kings X initially, and then both Helmet and The Jesus Lizard, and played their debut shows in Japan. Compilations of the three EP's were released in the US and Japan Hats Off to the Insane, and in Europe Born In A Crash.
1994 saw the release of the hugely commercially successful Troublegum album in February which earned the band appearances at a string of rock and indie festivals, including Reading (third consecutive appearance), Donnington and Phoenix in the UK alone, as well as a clutch of Top 40 singles. It achieved a string of nominations in end-of-year polls, including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and success at the Kerrang! Awards.
With impatience mounting for a new album, Infernal Love was released in June 1995. This time, the band had attempted to create a "cinematic" record with Belfast DJ David Holmes employed to link each tracks with "insanity". A second consecutive Donnington appearance at Mettalica's request followed, and the singles Stories, Loose and the string laden single Diane became a Top 10 hit in 15 European countries.
Fyfe Ewing left the band in January 1996, citing the pressures of a constant touring schedule. It was widely assumed that with such a key component now missing, Therapy? would inevitably break up. The band quickly recruited Graham Hopkins to replace Ewing as well as the permanent addition of guest cellist Martin McCarrick, and steadily toured throughout the US and Canada in 1996.
After the tour wound up in mid 1996, Therapy? finally took a long break. They reconvened after six months and spent most of 1997 writing, rehearsing and recording the follow-up to Infernal Love.
The Church Of Noise single in March 1998 marked the return of the band following three years out of the spotlight swiftly followed by the release of the Semi-Detached album, which transcended the trajectory of Troublegum and Infernal Love with their dark, broody atmosphere. However, promotion for the album was scant at best, du

Discography

Albums:

We’re Here To The End (2010)
Crooked Timber (2009)
One Cure Fits All (2006)
Never Apologise Never Explain (2004)
High Anxiety (2003)
Shameless (2001)
So Much For The Ten Year Plan (2000)
Suicide Pact—You First (1999)
Semi-Detached (1998)
Infernal Love (1995)
Troublegum (1994)
Nurse (1992)
Pleasure Death (1992)
Babyteeth (1991)

Singles:

Crooked Timber (2010)
Rain Hits Concrete EP (2006)
Polar Bear / Rock You Monkeys (2005)
My Voodoo Doll (2003)
If It Kills Me (2003)
I Am The Money (2001)
Gimme Back My Brain (2001)
Hate Kill Destroy (2000)
Lonely, Cryin’, Only (1998)
Church Of Noise (1998)
Bad Mother (1996)
Diane (1995)
Loose (1995)
Stories (1995)
Femtex (1994)
Isolation (1994)
Die Laughing (1994)
Trigger Inside (1994)
Nowhere (1994)
Opal Mantra (1993)
Face The Strange EP (1993)
Shortsharpshock EP (1993)
Teethgrinder (1992)
Meat Abstract (1990)

Set List

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