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BAND FAVOURITES OF 2019

ANDY CAIRNS

Listening...
Rainbow Grave - No You
Deafkids - Metaprogramação 
Rakta- Falha Comum 
Moor Mother - Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
Arvo Party-II
Petbrick- I
Zonal - Wrecked
Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Terminal Cheesecake - Le Sacre Du Liévre
King Midas Sound - Solitude
Debby Friday - Death Drive
Burial - Tunes 2011-2019
We Wild Blood - Blood/Money
Clipping - There Existed An Addiction To Blood
Solarized - A Ghost Across Hell From Me
Paranoid London - PL
Psychic Graveyard - Loud As Laughter
Full of Hell - Weeping Choir
Kohti Tuhoa - Ihmisen Kasvot

Reading...
Alan Hudson - The Working Man’s Ballet
Karl Ove Knausgaard - The End
Albert Mudrian - Choosing Death (thanks Mr McKeegan!)
Adrian McKinty - The Chain
Diamond Dave Thompson - Here Comes Chaos

Watching...
Once Upon A Time In Holywood
Joker
The Souvenir
The Irishman
Atlantics
Succession
Bojack Horseman
Brooklyn Nine Nine
The Favourite
Chernobyl
Deafkids/Rakta/We Wild Blood - Lexington, London
Deafkids - Dingwalls, London

MICHAEL McKEEGAN

Listening...
Greet Death-New Hell
Devil Master-Satan Spits On Angels Of Light
Gatecreeper-Deserted
Torche-Admission
Pixies-Under The Eyrie
Black Star Riders-Another State Of Grace
Reign In Blood-Missa Pro Defunctis
Hagzissa-They Ride Along
Liturgy-H.A.Q.Q.
Concrete Winds-Primitive Force
Scorpions-ALL
DJ Shadow-Our Pathetic Age
Mike Monroe Band-One Man Gang
Blood Incantation-Hidden History Of The Human Race
Meatwound-Addio
Lingua Ignota-Caligula
Enforced-At The Walls
Grand Slam-Hit The Ground
Tomb Mold-Planetary Clairvoyance
Wear Your Wounds-Rust On The Gates Of Heaven
Acid Reign-Age Of Entitlement
The Membranes-What Nature Gives…
Slomatics-Canyons
Bad Breeding-Exiled
Gaahls Wyrd-Gastir:Ghosts Invited
Rammstein-Rammstein
Possessed-Revelations Of Oblivion
Idle Hands-Mana
Bewitcher-Under The Witching Cross

Reading...
Paraic O’Connell-The House On Vesper Sands
Patrick DeWitt-French Exit
Kate Atkinson-Big Sky
Alexandros Anesiadis-Crossover:The Edge Where Hardcore, Punk & Metal Collide
Taylor Jenkins Reid-Daisy Jones & The Six
Jason Arnopp-Ghoster
Fintan O’Toole-Heroic Failure
Elton John-Me

Watching...
Joker
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
The Irishman
Mindhunter
Dark
Ghost-3Arena, Dublin.
Sacred Reich-Limelight, Belfast.
Metallica-Slaine, Ireland.

NEIL COOPER

Listening...
DJ Shadow – Our Pathetic Age
Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive
This is the Kit – Hotter Colder 
The Birthmarks – Fan Fiction
Billie Eilish - When we all fall asleep, where do we go?  
LFO – Frequencies
The Sabres of Paradise – Haunted Dancehall 
Acid Reign – The Age of Entitlement  

Reading...
Yanis Varoufakis – Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe’s Deep Establishment
Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind – Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
Dave Thompson - Here Comes Chaos
Led by Donkeys – How Four Friends with a Ladder Took on Brexit 

Watching...
The Great Hack
Path of Blood
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
Killing Eve
Luther
Bros: After the Screaming Stops 
Afterlife
Ozark
Sigrid
Slayer (Download Festival)
Manic Street Preachers (Vilar de Mouros Festival, Portugal)
Triggerfinger (Lokeren Festival, Belgium)
Acid Reign
Bombay Bicycle Club  

30th Anniversary Tour 2020

We’re delighted to celebrate 30 years at the coalface of rock (no splits/no ‘hiatuses’) with a run of special anniversary shows next year! When we formed the band back in East Antrim little did we know we would be together through thick and thin to celebrate such a milestone.

Tickets on-sale NOW through the usual outlets/HERE

19-March Hamburg, Grunspan
20-March Cologne, Gebaude 9
21-March Munich, Backstage
22-March Aschaffenburg, Colossaal
24-March Luxembourg, Rockhal
25-March Brussels, AB
27-March Utrecht, Tivoli

03-April Manchester, Ritz
04-April London, Electric Ballroom

”Since 1990 and the self-release of their Meat Abstract single  Northern Irish rock band Therapy? have lived through ‘the troubles’, a peace process, seven record labels, three drummers, a cellist and witnessed the widespread use of the mobile phone, a personal computer in every home, the internet, the introduction of WiFi, a single European currency, the rise and fall of baggy, grunge, britpop, nu metal and emo, released 15 albums and sold in excess of three million albums, had hit singles, collaborated with a myriad of artists including Ozzy Osbourne and David Holmes, toured the world many, many times and played countless live shows.

Amongst all this cacophony they’ve continued to plough their singular vision with a determination and wit making friends in the process. They intend to celebrate the last thirty years in all their sour glory while looking forward to the next events of history to unfold around them.”

TEETHGRINDER shirts in stock!

The Teethgrinder ‘retro re-issue’ shirts are now in stock! Some sizes are limited so be quick.

IN MY SLEEP I GRIND MY TEETH

ORDER HERE

“Success? Success Is Survival” new lyric video

Delighted to share with you all the new lyric video for the latest track from “CLEAVE”….”Success? Success Is Survival”. Read where the inspiration for the track came from and watch below!

(Not afraid to speak about injustices, vocalist Andy Cairns explores some of the nature in the lyrics commenting: “The song is about the growing divide between the haves and have-nots.” And the societal views in the track “Vladimir Lenin said, ‘Capitalist society, is and has always been horror without end’. The opening line of the track is “the cream of this country, rich and thick” and is paraphrased from Samuel Beckett to describe his patrons at Portora School for Boys in Enniskillen (i.e. rich, entitled). This then leads into the pre-chorus “that’s the order that’s been set, we’re expected to accept” this looks at how a ‘caste’ system is increasing. The second verse contrasts this with imagery of desperate immigrants who regularly risk their own and their children’s lives to cross perilous water. The title and chorus of the song comes from Leonard Cohen. Asked in an interview in the early 70’s what his definition of success was he replied “Success? Success is survival”.)

Leeds (plus ‘make up’ gig for aborted Nov 2018 gig) & Newcastle club shows confirmed!

Pleased to finally confirm we will be back in Leeds Brudenell on 23rd September for TWO shows and another visit to The Cluny in Newcastle the following day (24th). Leeds will have a FREE matinee show for everyone who missed the full set at our Nov 2018 gig (see full press release and info below, please read carefully!) and a ticketed full headline show later that night. Looking forward to seeing all our friends there again!

“Therapy? have announced a brand new show at Leeds Brudenell Social Club on Monday 23rd September. This will include a matinee starting at 6:30pm which all ticket holders from the previous Leeds show in November 2018, (which due to unforeseen circumstances had to be cut short during ‘Screamager’, with 12 songs left to play),are invited to attend free of charge. Therapy? will be starting with ‘Screamager’ and playing the rest of the set list from the abandoned evening.  As a ticket holder for the previous Therapy? Leeds show you are able to confirm a place at this matinee by emailing enquiries@themjrgroup.com with your name and confirmation you can attend. You have until Friday 21st June to claim your place.”

Please note: This does not include a ticket for the main show and is for the matinee only. The main show starts from 8.00pm and tickets for that can be purchased here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/therapy-brudenell-social-club-leeds-tickets-62505286996

Festivals 2019

Summer is on the way so here’s our latest update on all confirmed festivals for this year! Click on the links for more info/tickets and keep an eye here or over at Facebook/Twitter for future updates…

May 10 Wild In’t Park, Belgium
June 01 Big Fish Day, Italy
June 29 A Big Day Out (Halifax), UK

June 30 A Big Day Out (Glasgow), UK
July 13 2000 Trees Festival, UK
July 20 Footfest, Czech Rep
July 25 Curtarock, Italy

July 26 Rock Olmen, Belgium

July 27 Trebur Open Air, Germany
Aug 02 Porispere, Finland
Aug 09 Boomtown Fair, UK

Aug 10 Lokersee Feesten, Belgium

Aug 22 EDP Vilar De Mouros, Portugal
Aug 24 CHSq, UK
Sept 21 FEILE ’19, Ireland
Oct 05 Indie Daze, UK

IRISH/NI TOUR 2019

Four weeks today until our Irish/N.I tour starts! Delighted to have The Wood Burning Savages along with us and really looking forward to playing a ton of old and new tunes for you. Gonna be mega!

20th March NERVE CENTRE, Derry/Londonderry

21st March ROISIN DUBH, Galway

22nd March DOLANS WAREHOUSE, Limerick

23rd March CYPRUS AVENUE, Cork

24th March SPIRIT STORE, Dundalk (SOLD OUT)

Tix/more info…https://bit.ly/1inrN4u

Watch/buy/stream new tune “Kakistocracy”…https://fanlink.to/kakistocracy

KAKISTOCRACY out now!

Our latest track from CLEAVE, “Kakistocracy” is out now! You can buy/stream it HERE and watch the video below.

Cheers for 2018, see you in 2019!

Just winding things up here for 2018 and what a year it’s been! We hit the floor running at the start of January with the recording of CLEAVE with Chris Sheldon (bizarrely exactly 25 years to the day we first worked with him waaay back in Jan 1993 recording what became the Short Sharp Shock EP). Soon after the album was done we hooked up with the good folks at Marshall Records who brilliantly shared our creative vision and we inked a new deal with them.

In March we were lucky enough to go out on an extensive UK run supporting one of our big influences The Stranglers. It was an amazing experience playing with them, great crowds and a lovely atmosphere both onstage and off. They looked after us incredibly well so respect to them and their crew.

We debuted the first single CALLOW at the BBC Music Festival in Belfast and then over the summer we played number of high profile festivals in the UK and Europe (playing in some of the new CLEAVE tunes as we went along) which as usual was a fantastic experience.

All the while we were chipping away at the preparation for CLEAVE and it was released end of September to pretty much universal critical acclaim from friends, fans and the press. Always a good feeling when you’ve been working on new stuff and it finally gets unleashed.

Both the CLEAVE European/UK headline tours were incredible, each and every show was highly enjoyable (sometimes for a variety of reasons ;)) and we did our best to play long sets with as much new stuff and as many of the ‘hits’ as possible. You all ran with it, singing along and getting well into the spirit of it all.

Rest assured 2019 will be just as busy, we have a 2nd European CLEAVE headline run starting Jan 23rd (getting to a few places we missed on the first bit, Austria, Czech Rep, Hungary, Italy, France as well as Belgium, Netherlands and Germany), then a short Finnish tour and then some NI/Irish dates to boot. Festivals are coming in now as well and we already have some nice ones in place and we’ll be announcing those when we get the nod from the organisers. All these dates are up over at the official site HEEEEERRRRRRRRRRE

And to coincide with those January shows we will have a new single/video from CLEAVE out called “Kakistocracy (It’s Ok Not To Be Ok)” so we’ll give you a heads up when you can see/hear that.

Also plotting some things for the upcoming 30th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we’d be mad not to have some sort of party(parties?) with you all so that’ll all be announced in due course once we have a better idea of where we’re at.

As we always say, none of this would be possible without your ongoing support so a hearty “thank you” to each and everyone of you folks and, as cliched as it sounds, you people are the best!

Right, have a lovely festive/holiday time, put your feet up and have a blast. Stay safe and every best wish for 2019!

Andy-Michael-Neil T? 2018

Band Favourites of 2018

ANDY CAIRNS

Listening:

Ash-Islands
Wood Burning Savages-Stability
Fontaines DC-Four EP’s
Arvo Party-Tired Eyes
Robyn G Shiels-Death of the Shadows
Manic Street Preachers-Resistance is Futile
Arctic Flowers-Straight to the Hunter
Gazelle Twin-Pastoral
Idles-Joy As An Act of Resistance
Guttersnipe-My Mother the Vent
Gaye Su Akyol-Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir
Buzzcocks-Singles Going Steady ( Pete Shelley, thank you for everything)
Membranes ( synapse snapping stuff from Mr Robb and co. Thanks for the sneak preview)
Bikini Kill-Pussy Whipped

Watching:

Blackkklansman
Possum
The Man From Mo Wax
Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Narcos:Mexico
Snowfall:Season Two
Mandy
Hereditary
Chelsea winning the FA Cup Final
The Mousetrap ( finally got to see it)
The Stranglers-career spanning set at Manchester Apollo

Reading:
Karl Ove Knausgaard-The End
Jenny Hval-Paradise Rot
Chuck Palahniuk-Adjustment Day
Samuel Beckett-Company

MICHAEL McKEEGAN

Listening:
Tribulation-Down Below
Portal-Ion
Thou-Inconsolable
Wrong-Feel Great
Sepulcher-Panoptic Horror
Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons-Age Of Absurdity
Throat-Bareback
Idles-Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Maggot Heart-Dusk To Dusk
System Of Hate-There Is No Madness Here
Haunt-Burst Into Flame
Ravens Creed-Get Killed Or Try Dying
Robyn G Shiels-Death Of The Shadows EP
Cypress Hill-Elephants On Acid
Manic Street Preachers-Resistance Is Futile
Ghost-Prequelle
The Prodigy-No Tourists
Tomb Mold-Manor Of Infinite Forms
Funeral Mist-Hekatomb
Craft-Black Metal And White Noise
Contract In Blood-Various
Voivod-The Wake
Gouge Away-Burnt Sugar
Arvo Party-II
Behemoth-I Loved You At Your Darkest
Slaegt-The Circle
Raw Peace-Total Death
Obliteration-Cenotaph Obscure
Drug Church-Cheer

Watching:
The Haunting Of Hill House
A Quiet Place
Money Heist
Happy!
Evil Genius
Hap & Leonard
Ozark 2
Mandy
Making A Murderer Part 2
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
The Sinner 2

Reading:
Thirst-Jo Nesbo
Hearts Of Darkness-Joseph Conrad
Contract In Blood-Ian Glasper
Prague Nights-Benjamin Black
The Outsider-Stephen King
The White Road-Sarah Lotz

NEIL COOPER

Listening:
Steve Reich – Pulse / Quartet
Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe EP
Sigrid – Strangers EP
Michael Nyman – Musique a Grande Vitesse and the Piano Concerto
Various – Habibi Funk: an eclectic selection of music from the Arab worldIdles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Sleaford Mods – EP (stick in a five and go)
Nas – Illmatic
Liines – Stop Start
Panji and the Buffalo – Rare Moves
Uniform – Wake in Fright
Bad Brains – Bad Brains
Arvo Party – II
‘Dear Joan and Jericha’ podcast

Watching:
The Mighty Redcar
Inside No.9
The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire
Snowfall
A Quiet Place
Lady Bird
True Grit
A Star is Born
Killing Eve

Reading:
Georges Simenon – A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories
John Le Carre – The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
Robert Harris – The Fear
Terry Hayes – I Am Pilgrim
Joe Hill – The Fireman