Happy Xmas & Happy New Year!

Ok gang, just getting ready to shut up shop here for another year. As you all know this year didn’t really pan out the way anyone expected and we sincerely hope you and your loved ones have come through it ok thus far.

From a band point of view we were thankful we could mark our 30 anniversary (in a more scaled down way) with a re-recorded “Greatest Hits” release and of course the recent biography “So Much For The 30 Year Plan”. You supported those releases brilliantly and everyone seemed to enjoy checking them out. The album actually gave us our first UK Top 40 chart position for quite some years and the book far exceeded expectations with the 1st pressing selling out during the pre-orders.

BUY “SO MUCH FOR THE 30 YEAR PLAN”

A big thanks to the teams at Marshall Records and Jawbone Press, who all pushed ahead with the releases despite disruption/extra hassle with production and distribution.

BUY LIMITED COLOURED VINYL HERE (only a few left)

Though we haven’t been able to meet up in person we managed to get a bit of a system going to record some lock-down performances to keep ourselves and (hopefully!) you entertained. This was a new challenge (the main problem was that all our gear/demo set-up was stuck in London in our lock-up which we had no access to for most of the year) and also a lot of fun. Anyway, between what basic gear we had at home plus a few well chosen purchases we we’re able to make some decent sounding and looking videos.

We’ve also being using this process to demo some new material ‘remotely’ and that’s been a good way to keep active and creative.

Also a massive thanks to everyone with all their patience with regard to the re-scheduling of the ’30th Anniversary’ shows…we know there has been uncertainty and disappointment with the shows getting moved and pushed back but i think everyone had the same idea of waiting until it was safe and sensible to play again. And a huge thanks to our manager, our agent, the many promoters and venues who have worked so hard to help re-schedule our tour dates, not once, not twice but three times. It’s been a logistical nightmare but hopefully our touring at the end of 2021 and start of 2022 will go ahead as planned (plus Neil has a lot of birthdays to catch up on!).

So that’s all for now, adiós 2020…bring on 2021 and hopefully a more ‘normal’ feeling year. We couldn’t have got through this tricky year without all your good will, good humour & good grace so thanks to each and everyone of you for your ongoing support. Have a lovely festive time, take care, look out for one another and remember…those mince pies ain’t gonna eat themselves..stay happy!

Andy-Michael-Neil Therapy? 2020

Band Favourites of 2020

Here’s what’s kept us (mostly) sane in 2020…

ANDY CAIRNS

Listening:

  • Luminous Bodies – Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh
  • Deafbrick – Deafbrick
  • KLÄMP- Hate You
  • Arvo Party-Inheritance
  • Special Interest – The Passion of….
  • Mummise Guns – Mummise Guns
  • Clipping – Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  • Hey Colossus- Dances/Curses
  • Robyn G Shiels & Steve Nolan-Sky Drew Near
  • The Shits – Punishment
  • Blóm – Flower Violence
  • Eye Flys – Tub of Lard
  • Casual Nun – Resort For Dead Desires
  • Shifting – It Was Good
  • Lalalar- Ceketini Al Yoluna Bak 
  • Heavy Harvest- Scream
  • James Dean Bradfield – Even In Exile
  • Ricky Warwick – Fighting Heart
  • Charles Webster – The Spell (Burial mix)
  • Fugazi A-Z podcast
  • Final Girls podcast
  • Straight Outta Cobham podcast
  • Diamond Dave Total Rock Radio
  • In Our Time BBC 4 podcast

Reading:

  • Theodore Zeldin – An Intimate History of Humanity (thanks to JDB for the recommendation)
  • Robert Kolker- A Cinema of Loneliness
  • Mark Worrall – When Skies Are Grey
  • Mark Worrall – The Liquidator
  • Tim Rolls – Stamford Bridge is Falling Down
  • Harry Harris – The Boss
  • David Johnstone – Tales of the Chelsea Unexpected 
  • Daniel Spicer – The Turkish Psychedelic Music Explosion 
  • Sight & Sound Magazine
  • Wire Magazine
  • The Quietus website
  • Louder Than War website

Watching:

  • Saint Maud
  • Relic
  • Mangrove
  • Lovers Rock
  • Im Thinking of Ending Things
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Queens Gambit
  • The Painted Bird
  • She Dies Tomorrow
  • The Color Out of Space
  • Possessor 
  • Prodigal Son
  • Mudhoney – I’m Now
  • Tad- Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears
  • Chelsea FC 

MICHAEL McKEEGAN

Listening:

  • Entropy-Liminal
  • Special Request-Offworld
  • Napalm Death-Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
  • Rancher-Pummeler
  • Metallica-S&M
  • Geld-Beyond The Floor
  • Hellripper-Affair Of The Poisons
  • Arvo Party-Love Above All/Inheritance
  • Warwound-WWIII
  • Exhalants-Atonement
  • Hum-Inlet
  • Sepultura-Quadra
  • Vampire-Rex
  • James Dean Bradfield-Even In Exile
  • Gulch-Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress
  • Thin Lizzy-Rock Legends
  • UFO-Strangers In The Night (deluxe)
  • Motorhead-Ace Of Spades (40th anniversary edition)
  • Voivod-Lost Machines live
  • Jucifer-Nazm
  • King Creature-Set The World On Fire
  • Paradise Lost-Obsidian
  • Oranssi Pazuzu-Mestarin Kynsi

Reading:

  • Alex North-The Whisper Man
  • Danny Goldberg-Serve The Servants
  • Nick De Semlyen-Wild And Crazy Guys
  • Sam Lloyd-Memory Wood
  • Pete Way-A Fast Ride Out Of here
  • Lucy Foley-Guestlist
  • Rob Halford-Confess
  • Mark Lanegan-Sing Backwards And Weep
  • Hanna Jameson-The Fall
  • Rachel Foley-The Guest List
  • Adrian McKinty-The Chain
  • Paul Tremblay-Survivor Song
  • cursedzine.com

Watching:

  • The Queens Gambit
  • Mank
  • Knives Out
  • Bosch
  • Schitts Creek
  • Testament/Exodus/Death Angel-Dublin March 2020

NEIL COOPER

Listening:

  • Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down
  • Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
  • Wilma Archer – Cheater (feat Sudan Archives)
  • Disq – Collector
  • Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Hotel
  • Park Hye Jin – How Can I
  • AC/DC – Power Up
  • Katy J Pearson – Take Back The Radio
  • Testament – Titans Of Creation
  • Eye Flys – Tub Of Lard
  • Arvo Party – Inheritance
  • Public Image Ltd. – Album
  • Queen Latifah – Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children
  • Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink
  • Gangstarr – Daily Operation
  • Holy Fuck – Deleter
  • Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots
  • Lalalar – ‘The Singles

Reading:

  • Nick De Semlyen – Wild and Crazy Guys
  • Gary Younge – Another Day In The Death Of America
  • Peter Geoghegan – Democracy For Sale
  • Kristin Lawless – Formerly Known As Food
  • Alexandre Dumas – The Count Of Monte Cristo

Watching:

  • Host
  • One Cut Of The Dead
  • The Battery
  • Uncut Gems
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things
  • Midnight Cowboy (after reading ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’ !!)
  • Blues Brothers
  • Trading Places
  • Sleaford Mods and Billy Nomates (0nline gig)

New DUBLIN/BELFAST dates (rescheduled from 2021)

Once again covid strikes back at us!
We have been forced to reschedule the Irish/NI shows from April 2021 to February 2022. This is in part due to the availability of the venues on suitable dates and part also due to a concern that we may not still be allowed to work to full venue capacities in 2021.

The dates are now as below…
Friday 4th February Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Saturday 5th February Limelight Belfast, Belfast

Tickets for original shows will remain valid of course.
We are sorry about all this but we are sure that you will understand that this is all beyond our control. We very much look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.
Andy, Michael and Neil.

EARLY 2021 SHOWS RESCHEDULED!

Folks, there’s no nice way to say this but once again due to the Covid 19 situation we are forced to postpone our touring for the early part of 2021.

The UK gigs will now be in Oct/Nov 2021 whilst the Dutch shows are in Jan 2022. We have had to change the German dates to December 2021 and we will be adding a show in Stuttgart soon too, just waiting on confirmation of the date. The Brussels AB show will now be on December 8th, Luxembourg will be October 13th, the Vienna WUK show is on the 21st November and the Budapest A38 gig is the following day, 22nd November 2021. All the updated info is on our official tour page and on the attached posters/images below. New dates for other places will follow so please be patient.

All current tickets remain valid. You are advised to retain any tickets and ticket confirmations at this time.

Naturally we send our sincerest apologies for all this but it is, as we are sure that you will understand, totally beyond our control. We are anxious to get out and play and meet you all again but only when it is safe and sensible to do so. Thanks again for you patience & support!

https://www.therapyquestionmark.co.uk/tour/

SIGNED BIOGRAPHY RE-PRINT SOLD OUT & DELAYED

The reaction to the signed/autographed ‘So Much For The 30 Year Plan’ official biography has been so fantastic that BOTH the first run AND the re-print has already sold out. However anyone who is waiting on delivery of the re-print please note due to the continuing resurgence of Covid-19 on the continent the delivery of the new print run of the book has been delayed to the UK distributor and hence to us too.

We would hope now to be in a position to ship our books around November 6th all being well. We sincerely apologise for this delay and hopefully this hasn’t inconvenienced anyone too much. Andy, Michael, Neil.

Please note this delay applies only to the exclusive signed copies from our sit, the ‘regular’ versions are still available from usual outlets & online! http://jawbonepress.com/therapy/

“Before we recorded Infernal Love, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I developed quite a healthy drug habit and was drinking a bottle of Absolut vodka every day. I thought that if I gave up drinking, I’d spend the next two weeks lying in bed and feeling sick. I decided to keep going and see if inspiration would hit …”
—ANDY CAIRNS, THERAPY?


So Much For The 30 Year Plan is the first ever book to detail the life of Therapy?, one of rock’s boldest and most idiosyncratic acts. Written with the full co-operation of the band’s current members—frontman Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan, and drummer Neil Cooper—this official biography explores the dizzying highs and crushing lows they have experienced while navigating a three-decade-long career.
Featuring extensive interviews with the band and key figures from throughout their history, So Much For The 30 Year Plan offers insights into the band’s origins in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the backlash they received from the underground scene after signing to a major label, the birth of their million-selling 1994 album Troublegum, the full story behind their split with original drummer Fyfe Ewing, and much more.
Published to coincide with the band’s 30th anniversary, this is essential reading for all Therapy? fans—and for anyone with an interest in the alternative music of the era.

About the author
Born in 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Simon Young has been a music journalist for over twenty years. His fanzine, Hit A Guy With Glasses, enjoyed a one-issue run before he secured a job at Kerrang! in 1999. His writing has also appeared in Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, and Planet Rock. So Much For The 30 Year Plan is his first book.

Official Biography-signed copies pre-order now avails!(SOLD OUT)

Our official biography is due out 22nd September, written by Simon Young (with full cooperation from the band) and published by JAWBONE press. You can now pre-order your signed copy at our online shop HERE

“Before we recorded Infernal Love, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I developed quite a healthy drug habit and was drinking a bottle of Absolut vodka every day. I thought that if I gave up drinking, I’d spend the next two weeks lying in bed and feeling sick. I decided to keep going and see if inspiration would hit …”
—ANDY CAIRNS, THERAPY?


So Much For The 30 Year Plan is the first ever book to detail the life of Therapy?, one of rock’s boldest and most idiosyncratic acts. Written with the full co-operation of the band’s current members—frontman Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan, and drummer Neil Cooper—this official biography explores the dizzying highs and crushing lows they have experienced while navigating a three-decade-long career.
Featuring extensive interviews with the band and key figures from throughout their history, So Much For The 30 Year Plan offers insights into the band’s origins in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the backlash they received from the underground scene after signing to a major label, the birth of their million-selling 1994 album Troublegum, the full story behind their split with original drummer Fyfe Ewing, and much more.
Published to coincide with the band’s 30th anniversary, this is essential reading for all Therapy? fans—and for anyone with an interest in the alternative music of the era.

About the author
Born in 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Simon Young has been a music journalist for over twenty years. His fanzine, Hit A Guy With Glasses, enjoyed a one-issue run before he secured a job at Kerrang! in 1999. His writing has also appeared in Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, and Planet Rock. So Much For The 30 Year Plan is his first book.


TOUR UPDATE:ALL 2020 shows now moved to 2021-PLEASE READ

Folks due to uncertainty with the ongoing Covid-19 situation in UK/Europe and after careful consultation with our agent, promoters & venues we have now moved our 30th anniversary shows to April/May 2021. So our ‘30th Anniversary’ celebration run has now become a ‘31st Anniversary’ celebration. We appreciate changing the dates again is frustrating for everyone but your safety (and that of venue staff and crew etc) are our main concern and rest assured we will be making sure these shows are a worthy celebration of our 31 years as a band! All re-scheduled dates listed below & on the posters,and all current tickets remain valid. If you don’t see your current date rescheduled please bear with us as we are trying to find a suitable replacement. In a bit of good news we have also confirmed a Paris show for 20th May. Thanking you for your on going patience, stay safe friends & see you in 2021 #somuchforthe31yearplan

GERMANY

8-Apr Germany, Berlin, Lido

9-Apr Germany, Bremen, Tower

10-Apr Germany, Kiel, Die Pumpe

11-Apr Germany, Hamburg, Gruenspan

13-Apr Germany, Cologne, Gebaude 9

14-Apr Germany, Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal

16-Apr Germany, Munster, Spuknikhalle

17-Apr Germany, Essen, Turock

18-Apr Germany, Saarbrueken, Garage

20-Apr Germany, Stuttgart, Universum

21-Apr Germany, Konstanz, Kulturladen

22-Apr Germany, Munich, Backstage

BELGIUM

25-Apr Belgium, Brussels, AB

NETHERLANDS

24-Apr NL Enschede Metropool

26-Apr NL Zwolle Hedon

28-Apr NL Utrecht TivoliVredenburg (Ronda room)

29-Apr NL Bergen op Zoom Gebouw T

30-Apr NL Arnhem Luxor Live

1-May NL Den Bosch Willem Twee Poppodium

2-May NL Groningen De oosterpoort

LUXEMBURG

3-May Luxembourg Esch-sur-Alzette Rockhal

UK

5-May UK Brighton, Concorde 2

6-May UK Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

7-May UK London, Electric Ballroom

8-May UK Manchester, 02 Ritz

10-May UK Cardiff, Tramshed

11-May UK Exeter,Phoenix

13-May UK Bristol, SWX

14-May UK Wolverhampton,KK’s Steel Mill

15-May UK Nottingham, Rock City

17-May UK Cambridge, Junction

26-May UK Newcastle, Riverside

27-May UK Glasgow, Garage

28-May UK Hull, Welly

29-May UK Norwich, Waterfront

FRANCE

20-May France Paris Boule Noire (NEW SHOW)