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Andrew James Cairns - Vocals/Guitar
Michael McKeegan - Bass
Neil Cooper - Drums
New Album `A Brief Crack Of Light' released 6 February 2012 on Blast Records
New video "Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing" online now at http://youtu.be/zwwFRrBJajA
"The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness."
Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)
A Brief Crack Of Light is the new album by Therapy? Co-produced by the band and Adam Sinclair (New York Dolls, The Unthanks) in Blast Studios in Newcastle, it's the influential Northern Ireland trio's thirteenth studio album. The follow-up to 2009's acclaimed Crooked Timber and their first recording for new label Blast Records, it also just might be the most compelling album of Therapy?'s distinguished career.
Written, says frontman Andy Cairns, about the absurdity of human life, A Brief Crack Of Light draws upon myriad disparate influences - Black Flag's primal clenched fist aggression, the skewed genius of Stewart Lee's coruscating comic monologues, the writings of Samuel Beckett, the irresistible swing and swagger of Charlie Mingus among them - to deliver a dark, unsettling compendium of 21st century schizoid noise.
From the foreboding, ominous lurch of 'Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing' (the album's first single, set for release on January 23) to the haunting, sparse, shimmering beauty of 'Ecclesiastes', the ten tracks which make up A Brief Crack Of Light are claustrophobic, corrosive and challenging. It's a pitch-black survivor's manual for lost souls cast adrift in an uncomprehending, incomprehensible world, a beautifully delineated road map of man's ugliest impulses and starkest dreads. Baldly put, it's the finest distillation yet of an uncompromising, idiosyncratic sound and vision Therapy? have honed to a dark art across a remarkable 23 year career.
The band's story stretches back to 1989, when vocalist/guitarist Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan and drummer Fyfe Ewing - three young men in thrall to Captain Beefheart, The Stooges, Killing Joke, Motorhead, Detroit techno and the most scarifying, scabrous loathe songs oozing from the American noise rock underground - first set to forging their own none-more-bleak tales of alienation, desolation and dislocation in small town Ulster rehearsal rooms. The first fruit of their unholy union, the whirring, grinding 'Meat Abstract', a seven inch vinyl single released on their own Multifuckingnational Records label, was championed by venerable Radio 1 DJ John Peel, bringing the trio to the attention of respected London indie label Wiiija. Two thrillingly aggressive mini albums - 1991's Babyteeth and 1992's Pleasure Death - followed: both topped the independent music charts in the UK and Ireland as the word-of-mouth underground buzz on the band was amplified from a whisper to a scream. After a major label bi
The following year saw the Larne trio hit their commercial peak: a Trojan horse pushed into the mainstream, the tightly wound punk-metal of Troublegum propelled the band into the UK Top 5, sold 750,000 copies worldwide and spawned no less than five Top 40 singles ('Turn', 'Nowhere', Die Laughing', Trigger Inside' and 'Screamager', the lead cut from the 1993's Shortsharpshock EP), landing the band a Mercury Music Prize nomination in the process. Short-sighted music executives began hailing the band as "the new Metallica": Therapy? themselves had a rather different blueprint for the future...
The black-hearted melancholia of 1995's Infernal Love was a radical departure for the trio. Bound together by Belfast-born DJ David Holmes' cinematic soundscapes, the album was a brooding, twisted, heroically unhinged affair: drugs and comedy moustaches may have been involved. "We were supposed to be writing 'Enter Sandman', but we'd be out in a rowing boat in a lake at 2am, off our heads, recording geese and ducks for a sprawling piece of noise called Duck Symphony," chuckles Andy Cairns. "Perhaps it wasn't for everyone." In the boardrooms of their major label, the phrase 'career suicide' was muttered darkly. With drummer Fyfe Ewing subsequently departing to be replaced by young Dubliner Graham Hopkins, and Infernal Love collaborator Martin McCarrick (guitar/cello) becoming a full-time member of the group, the quartet delivered one final album for A&M, 1998's fractured and fractious Semi-Detached, before the label imploded in one of the music industry's periodic down-sizing moves.
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