Delighted to confirm we will be doing a special “Troublegum” set in the Mandela Hall on Saturday November 15th. It’s part of the “NI MUSIC PRIZE” awards where we will be getting honoured with the ‘Oh Yeah Legend Award’. This should be a great night celebrating NI music, the 20th anniversary of “TG” and our new ‘legend’ status.
Tix are £12 here.
Full press release as follows…
“THE NORTHERN IRELAND MUSIC PRIZE 2014
Mandela Hall, Belfast, November 15
With special guests, Therapy?
Performing their legendary ‘Troublegum’ album.
The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums. Successful finalists will be hoping to take home the prize won last year by Bangor’s Foy Vance (‘Joy of Nothing’). The Northern Ireland Album of the Year will be decided by an Academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by the shortlisted acts at the Mandela Hall, Belfast.
The evening will end with a special presentation to the band Therapy?, who formed in 1989. They will be presented with an Oh Yeah Legend Award for their ground-breaking achievements. The band will then perform their 1994 ‘Troublegum’ album, which sold over a million copies and was shortlisted for a Mercury Prize.
Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legends Award are:
Terri Hooley (2008) Henry McCullough (2009) The Undertones (2010), Stiff Little Fingers (2011), Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012).
Therapy? released the following response: “It’s a great honour to accept this award. Northern Ireland made us the people that we are today and growing up in its musical landscape informed our lives in many different ways. We’re very grateful and very proud”.
Oh Yeah CEO Stuart Bailie said: “Therapy? fully deserve a Legend Award. They completely transformed our music scene in the Nineties and are respected internationally. They continue to make great records and it will be such a thrill to hear their ‘Troublegum’ classic performed in its entirety. It will be the perfect finale to the NI Music Awards and to the entire Sound of Belfast programme.”
The NI Music Prize event is being supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The night is scheduled to take take place during the Sound of Belfast programme. Oh Yeah has teamed up with a number of leading music organisations and venues to coordinate a week of live performances, industry workshops with music experts from Belfast and London, talent development sessions for aspiring artists, and community music initiatives to support the city’s music scene.
The programme is being supported by the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) – the organisation behind the annual BRIT Awards. Other supporters are Creative & Cultural Skills, Help Musicians UK (the leading charity for musicians) and First Music Contact with input from Queen’s University Belfast and Belfast Metropolitan
About Oh Yeah
The Oh Yeah music centre in Belfast is a resource for musicians and the business of music. It houses a recording studio, rehearsal rooms, a music exhibition, a song writing room and various office units for music enterprises.”
Andy will have his second solo acoustic album for sale exclusively at the shows on his forthcoming UK tour (below).
The 22 track limited edition CD (cover image below) is called “Fuck You Johnny Camo” and features some new tracks, acoustic versions of T? songs and instrumental interludes.
Week ‘til @Sonisphere and our “Infernal Love” album set! Rehearsals going great & we start Bohemia stage 19:00
Apologies, all of Andy’s solo acoustic cds have now sold out and that’s the last of the run. Many thanks to all that ordered (and bought it at the previous acoustic shows), much appreciated.
Quote from Andy re:availiblity of his solo acoustic album on the webstore (order here)… “Hi folks, the last remaining CD’s from last years acoustic tour are now up
for sale on the T? Site. There aren’t many left. I’ll be recording a brand new bunch of tracks for the September acoustic tour and I won’t be selling the current one so when it’s gone it’s gone. Very much looking forward to a new experience in September. Best Andy C”
Summer is rapidly approaching and we will soon be hitting the mid point of 2014 so thought it might be nice to give everyone a wee update of where we’re at at this point in time. Various info and facts may well change over time so some of this info/timeline is moot…shit happens sometimes!
The album has been tracked (sounding awesome so far)and is now in the process of being mixed. Once that’s done to our and Tom Dalgetys satisfaction then we’ll be getting that mastered and begin the process of deciding on a tracklist, artwork and all that stuff. We’d hope to see that released towards the end of the year and we’ll be giving you updates on how that’s progressing through the summer.
There’s been a few ‘anniversary/retrospective’ releases of late and the reaction to them has been great. Really glad everyone enjoyed the expanded packaging and the rare/unreleased tracks that were on the various releases. The ‘Gemil boxset‘ that came out last year is still available (full tracklist here) , there are ‘deluxe editions’ of “Troublegum” & “Infernal Love” out (signed copies of “Infernal Love” ONLY from our online store as the signed “Troublegum” cds are all gone) and there’s also “Stories:The Collection“, a budget/entry level/beginners guide to the A&M singles out as well. To everyone who’s bought them and given us all the positive feedback, we truly appreciate it!
First up big big thanks to everyone who came out for the “TG20” UK run in April, its was an absolute blast for us and the best fun we’ve had on tour in years. We also were lucky enough to dip our toes into the festival season with two blinding gigs at Coastrock and Ruusrock, again two fantastic vibey shows which we loved.
Some more festivals coming up…Hellfest in France, our first visit to Guernsey for the Chaosfest, Sonisphere in the UK (where we will be doing a special “Infernal Love” album set) and a load more (some August festivals will be confirmed soon!). As always the ONLY confirmed dates are listed on the tour page here. Once the new album comes out we will of course be looking at doing a headine tour in support of that.
Andy has also confirmed another short UK run of solo acoustic shows and again all the confirmed dates are over at the main site.
That’s all for now, we’ve had a great 2014 so far and lots of exciting stuff coming up in the next 6-12 months. As always much love and respect to all of you good people who have supported us over the years, it’s very much appreciated.
Andy-Neil-Michael THERAPY? 2014
Short video “TG20” tour momento courtesy Kiran Acharya. Shot on the April 2014 UK tour with additional interview footage shot in Newcastle later that month. Feel free to share etc. It’s optimised for smartphones so if you want to put it in your iTunes/whatever you can download the video file here.
Well, that’s another session nearly finished. We’ve just completed a fortnights recording at Blast Studios in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, north east of England. We worked incredibly hard and put in very long days so that we could cram as much into the session as possible. It was just the three of us and the producer, Tom Dalgety, in the studio left to our own devices, no distractions.
At a previous session we’d rehearsed and recorded live demo versions of 19 songs, 18 of which were originals and one cover. After living with these for a fortnight 12 originals were chosen for the purpose of album number 14. These 12 were chosen because of their suitability for the kind of record we wanted to make. Hopefully the other 7 songs will be recorded over the summer.
Drums were done first, Thursday to Monday morning then bass guitar Monday evening to Wednesday morning ,guitars from Wednesday evening to Saturday afternoon and then finally vocals and backing vocals from Saturday night to Tuesday afternoon. It all went very smoothly and apart from a fuse blowing on a Marshall Amp there was no gear problems or technical issues.
From a personal standpoint this was definitely the most i’ve enjoyed a studio session since ‘Suicide Pact..’ mainly for the fact that everyone got on with it and there was no arse-ing around. Tom is great to work with and makes things happen to maximum effect with minimum drama.
We’ll tell you more about the songs themselves shortly but so far we’ve heard a couple that have been mixed and we’re very happy indeed.
It was great to be back up in Newcastle again, i’ve grown very fond of the place since i’ve been there so much in recent years, the Tyneside Cinema and the Cluny are two particular faves. Looking forward to giving you a bit more info on the tunes etc but that will come soon enough.
After rehearsing, straight into the Troublegum 20 tour and then straight into the studio for recording i feel a bit unusual being back at home in the peace and quiet of the village where i live but it’s doing me good to get some rest before we start festivals, begininng this weekend with Ruus Rock Belgium where we’re hoping to catch up with a lot of our friends.
Recently i’ve seen a lot of great movies, Under the Skin, Calvary, Locke and All is Lost and heard some inspiring music from Mica Levi-Under the Skin OST, Crusades-Perhaps you Deliver This Judgement With Greater Fear Than I Receive It, Arctic Flowers-Weaver,Truth-30,000ft, Clay Rendering-Waters Above the Firmament and Fatima Al Quadiri-Asiatisch no name but a few.
Great reading from Henry Marsh-Do No Harm, Michael Faber-Under the Skin (you might have guessed correctly that i’m more than a bit obsessed with this at the minute) and Samuel Beckett-Echo’s Bones.
Got a chance to catch Chelsea against Norwich City, a disappointing game at Stamford Bridge but i’m hopeful, as usual, for next season, it’s still feeling good to have the special one back.
Next up is hopefully getting the album mixed within the next 10 days and then we’ll be selecting running order, title, artwork etc, we’ll keep you up to speed as we go along.
Take care everyone, we’re looking forward to sharing the new tunes with you and seeing you on the road soon enough. Thanks again for all your continued and valued support,
“Stories:The Collection” our new ‘entry level/beginners’ singles collection is out today. Includes 12 Top 40 hits all remastered (same remasters as the Gemil Box versions though the “Infernal Love” tracks have the intros/segues removed) with new sleeve notes by the legendary Dave Ling and a low low price.
13.Church Of Noise
14.Lonely Cryin’ Only