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Therapy? - Hard cold fire

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10.03.2023 - 17:56 Uhr - Newsbeitrag

Northern Irish rock outfit, THERAPY? announce their colossal new studio album Hard Cold Fire, a spiralling, hypnotic melange of grunge-rock and towering melody that sees the trio steadfast and reinvigorated. Hard Cold Fire is set for release on May 5th 2023 via Marshall Records.

Accompanying the announcement, the band also shares their first offering in the form the riotous new single ‘Joy’. Fans can pre-order limited edition bundles of Hard Cold Fire and pre-save HERE.

Resilience and survival have become vital watchwords for Therapy?. Enduring over three decades as the musical, cultural and social landscapes have shifted around them, the trio have forged and retained a powerful and lasting connection with a dedicated fan base around the world, doing so by putting their emphasis on the music, solidifying a hard-won reputation as forward-thinking writers and a fierce live proposition in the process.

As Therapy?’s fourth decade finally gets underway in earnest, sixteenth album Hard Cold Fire, written and pre-produced during an unprecedented time for music, is hefty, compact, and accessible, a distillation of everything that has made them what they are - hewn from County Antrim basalt, still possessed of their stoicism, but casting a renewed focus on catharsis and healing.

“One thing we did decide when we were eventually able to rehearse, was that we didn't want to make a lockdown record,” says vocalist and guitarist Andy Cairns, “because people have been through enough.

“When we began to rehearse the songs, we realised there was an empathetic quality to them. We wanted to make something that was a bit more relatable, and less standoffish and claustrophobic - which we have a history of, and it stands in places - but we wanted to make something more approachable and open.”

“We wanted this album to be one that felt good to play live, almost a release after this period of stasis, but then also not dwelling on the whole situation - we’re moving forward, and we wanted that energy to be there,” adds bassist Michael McKeegan.

The serrated, chugging riffage, churning low-end and propulsive rhythms that are hallmarks of the band’s sound are all present and correct, but met with a new-found sense of resolution and release, as most readily displayed on the one-two punch of their first single, ‘Joy’.

“Well, 'Joy' started with a term from 'Waiting for Godot', by Samuel Beckett,” confesses Cairns “this wonderful line: 'habit is a great deadener'. I just love that word, 'dead-en-er'. It's an amazing word. People get themselves into these habits, and the next thing you know, their life is over and they've only lived in a very small circle of experience, often through choice, which is scary.”

Working once more with renowned producer Chris Sheldon (Feeder, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters), a consistent good-luck charm for Therapy? dating back to 1994’s breakout album Troublegum, the band decamped to the newly opened Marshall Studios in Milton Keynes toward the end of 2021, working furiously to put the album down in its final form.

“We know Chris. We've got a similar mindset, a similar outlook in life, a similar sense of humour,” McKeegan says. “It works well, and it's a very easy, collaborative environment. There's no agenda to making the album, apart from 'let's make this absolutely brilliant".

“He's excellent at getting the performance out of you, knowing when to push a bit harder, knowing when something doesn't need to be over-complicated. There's an enthusiasm and a connection with him that really does bring something to the band, and to the vibe we have together.”

While Hard Cold Fire represents the next milestone in the band’s ongoing journey, it sits at the front of a long body of work, veering between noise-rock, discord and sparse, groovy experimentation, and million-selling, mainstream-friendly pop and noirish, cinematic vistas.

For long-time fans, this new offering will reward an attentive ear in terms of musical flourishes and Cairns’ trademark lyrical substance, but as a finished product, the band has set out to create something that stands alone, and Hard Cold Fire achieves just that.

“There's a reinvigorated feel to the band, as though things are moving forward,” adds drummer Neil Cooper. “I'm very excited about people hearing this. It's not just about turning up and performing. Everyone's so invested... we're unbelievably lucky, some bands don't get that privilege, and I appreciate that. We're in a fantastic place.”

Hard Cold Fire will be released May 5th 2023 via Marshall Records.

1. They Shoot the Terrible Master
2. Woe
3. Joy
4. Bewildered Herd
5. Two Wounded Animals
6. To Disappear
7. Mongrel
8. Poundland of Hope and Glory
9. Ugly
10. Days Kollaps


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10.03.2023 - 19:19 Uhr
Hmmm... Leider ein ziemlich schwacher Track. Musikalisch wie textlich. Therapy? hauen alle paar Jahre eine grandiose Platte raus (allen voran Troublegum und Suicide Pact) aber dazwischen auch sehr viel Durchschnittsware. Komische Band, aber wegen Troublegum werd ich sie immer mögen.


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Registriert seit 15.06.2013

10.03.2023 - 19:27 Uhr
Die Band ist schon voll ok.
Mag vor allem die ersten beiden EPs und die Nurse.
Von den späteren Alben gefällt mir das recht eingängige Disquiet.


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Registriert seit 21.08.2019

10.03.2023 - 20:06 Uhr
Ja, hatten immer wieder gute Alben, probieren auch mal gerne was neues... Neuer Song ist okay, ich freu mich mal aufs Album....


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Registriert seit 21.08.2019

10.03.2023 - 20:26 Uhr
@zeke: Disquiet mag ich auch - ist auch das Album, das am nächsten an der Troublegum ist. Und Nurse mag ich ebenfalls sehr. Frühe MTV-Erinnerungen.

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