Therapy? @ O2 Academy, Bristol – April 14, 2012

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Further to Black Spiders opening Therapy? have outlasted competitors and outwitted industry attempts at categorisation for over 20 years.

With 13 studio albums and 28 singles released to date – the breakthrough album ‘Troublegum’ (1994) was their musical and commercial peak.

Therapy? @ O2 Academy, Bristol

Tonight, Andy Cairns (guitar/vocals), Michael McKeegan (bass) and Neil Cooper (drums) open with ‘Teethgrinder’ before the trio power through two decades of material.

However, as Ulster’s finest continue to release albums; gaining enough attention to tour and entertain a loyal following, it has to be said that nothing comes close to ‘Die Laughing’, the Joy Division cover ‘Isolation’, ‘Nowhere’ and ‘Screamager’, all from the classic ‘Troublegum’.

Therapy? @ O2 Academy, Bristol

For me, Therapy? are the act of the night, and not just because I go back with them, but because they rock out with the kind of carefree simplicity that all too few bands have these days.

Review & Photography: Steve Johnston