Therapy? for A Brief Crack of Live 2012 UK tour
Posted: 14th August 2012
Irish rockers to promote lucky thirteenth studio album with string of British dates, tickets on sale now/ THursday 16th August
For over twenty years, Northern Ireland agit-rock champions Therapy? have been mercilessly parading their skewed metallic soundscapes, without huge fanfare or the need to take the usual MTV route. Back in the '90s, different magazines fought over who was to score them for a cover-exclusive or interview, mainly because pigeonholing Andy Cairns' outfit was nigh on impossible. With one foot in metal and hardcore and the other in student strongholds, the band were in the enviable position of selling out venues for laughs.
Initially signed to legendary 'riot-grrrl' label Wiiija Records, home of Cornershop and Silverfish, Therapy? distanced themselves from scenes to concentrate on "Babyteeth" and "Pleasure Death" with notorious live shows and Indie Chart takeovers. In 1993, A&M waved some money and hope at them, Hole and Babes in Toyland took them on tour, NME etc tagged them as 'Grunge', sales hit new heights and the band became frequent visitors to the Top of the Pops studios with blazing hits like "Screamager", "Nowhere" and "Trigger Inside". The 1994 album "Troublegum" broke the Top 5, more live shows sold out (I went to one of them in Norwich - brilliant, let me tell you), job done. Or was it?
After releasing the comparatively sober "Infernal Love" album in 1995, a set that featured strings, a Husker Du cover (excellent too) and a less frenetic sound overall, casual fans drifted away and Therapy? attained a level of cult worship - and still do. 2012 will prove that because Cairns and crew have a blistering new single out, "Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing", a new album due in the form of "A Brief Crack of Light" and a clutch of live dates.
After a gaggle of summer festival slots and a European jaunt, the band will return to the UK from 23rd November onwards, the first date of their tour in Birmingham. Further towns and cities include Bristol, Nottingham, Reading, Glasgow etc until heading back to London on 7th December. Tickets for Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester and London are on sale now, priced from £15 (£17.50 for London), with the remainder on sale from 9am on Thursday 16th August.
- Fri 2nd Apr 2021 Therapy? Olympia Theatre (Dublin) Buy Tickets
- Sat 3rd Apr 2021 Therapy? : 30th Anniversary The Limelight 1/2 (Belfast) Buy Tickets
- Wed 5th May 2021 Therapy? Concorde 2 (Brighton) Buy Tickets
- Thu 6th May 2021 Therapy? Wedgewood Rooms/ Edge of the Wedge (Southsea) Buy Tickets
- Fri 7th May 2021 Therapy? Electric Ballroom (Camden) Buy Tickets
- Sat 8th May 2021 Therapy? O2 Ritz (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Mon 10th May 2021 Therapy? Tramshed (Cardiff) Buy Tickets
- Tue 11th May 2021 Therapy? Phoenix Arts Centre (Exeter) Buy Tickets
- Thu 13th May 2021 Therapy? SWX (Bristol) Buy Tickets
- Fri 14th May 2021 Therapy? Wolverhampton Academy [formerly Starworks] (Wolverhampton) Buy Tickets
- Sat 15th May 2021 Therapy? Rock City (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Mon 17th May 2021 Therapy? The Cambridge Junction (Cambridge) Buy Tickets
- Wed 26th May 2021 Therapy? Riverside (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Buy Tickets
- Thu 27th May 2021 Therapy? The Garage/ G2/ Attic (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Fri 28th May 2021 Therapy? The Welly Club (Hull) Buy Tickets
- Sat 29th May 2021 Therapy? Waterfront (Norwich) Buy Tickets