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UST out is Ther­apy?’s first record­ing for new la­bel Amaz­ing Record Co., Dis­quiet, which com­prises 11 tracks of charged, in-your-face, bruis­ingly melodic punk/ metal.

A se­quel of sorts to the band’s mil­lion-sell­ing 1994 al­bum Trou­blegum, it is by turns con­fronta­tional, chal­leng­ing, venge­ful and ven­omous, a vis­ceral and ut­terly com­pelling doc­u­ment of a con­fi­dent band op­er­at­ing at the peak of their pow­ers.

Pro­duced by Tom Dal­gety (Royal Blood/ Band Of Skulls/ Tur­bowolf ), it is both the most ac­ces­si­ble record Ther­apy? have made in two decades and a reaf­fir­ma­tion of their healthy re­spect for noise, chaos and un­set­tling psy­chodrama.

“We wanted to write some­thing a bit more an­themic again,” ex­plains vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist Andy Cairns, “In May last year we did a 20th an­niver­sary tour for the Trou­blegum al­bum and it was com­pletely sold-out, it was great hear­ing those songs sung back at us, and see­ing what they meant to peo­ple.

“Clearly it would be id­iocy for us to at­tempt to recre­ate Trou­blegum be­cause that was a dif­fer­ent era and a dif­fer­ent line-up , but the start­ing point for this al­bum for me was think­ing ‘What would the pro­tag­o­nist of Trou­blegum be do­ing 20 years on?’

“Our last two al­bums were more ex­per­i­men­tal and di­verse, and we al­ready knew that we wanted to go back to more song-based stuff this time around, so that con­cep­tual idea dove­tailed per­fectly with what we planned in terms of the al­bum’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tion.”

Out­siders from day one, Ther­apy? have drawn upon the at­ten­dant feel­ings of alien­ation, frus­tra­tion and dis­lo­ca­tion for strength and in­spi­ra­tion across their re­mark­able 26-year ca­reer, craft­ing a dark, idio­syn­cratic world­view which has gar­nered the group a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most un­com­pro­mis­ing, cre­ative and in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic bands of their gen­er­a­tion.

The tightly wound punk-metal of Trou­blegum pro­pelled Ther­apy? into the UK Top five, sold one mil­lion copies world­wide and spawned no less than five Top 40 sin­gles, land­ing the band a Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize nom­i­na­tion in the process.

Dis­quiet, the band’s four­teenth stu­dio al­bum, extends this proud le­gacy, and finds the trio of Cairns, bassist Michael McKee­gan and drum­mer Neil Cooper in in­cen­di­ary form.

From the bril­liant, bru­tal­ist wake-up call of snub-nosed open­ing track Still Hurts through to the aching, end-of-the-world des­o­la­tion of closer Death­sti­mate, Dis­quiet is Ther­apy? at their sharpest and most fo­cused, a weighty, un­de­ni­ably pow­er­ful and emo­tion­ally af­fect­ing body of work which both builds upon the band’s ac­claimed cat­a­logue and opens up new cre­ative hori­zons.

Updating the angst­filled Trou­blegum story with sear­ing hon­esty and no lit­tle wit, it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing, bold and bel­liger­ent set of mod­ern rock an­thems which stands toe-to-toe with the finest al­bums in the Ther­apy? canon.

Ther­apy? are shortly to hit the road for a UK con­cert tour in sup­port of their new Dis­quiet al­bum and the tour will be reach­ing Manch­ester on Satur­day, April 18 for a date at the Academy 2 venue.

We have three copies of the new Ther­apy? al­bum, Dis­quiet, to give away this week and to be in with a chance of win­ning one, sim­ply cor­rectly an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion: What is the name of Ther­apy?’s vo­cal­ist/ gui­tarist?

Send your an­swer to­gether with your name and ad­dress to ‘Ther­apy? Com­pe­ti­tion’, 31 Water­gate Way, Woolton, Liver­pool, L25 8TP.

The closing date of the com­pe­ti­tion is April 24, all win­ners are ran­domly se­lected and the prizes are strictly non­trans­fer­able.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the pro­moter at al­soundswrite@aol.com.

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