Formed in 1989, Northern Irish band Therapy? bring their alternative metal sounds to Set Theatre this Thursday (24 October) with support La Faro.
Their most recent record, A Brief Crack Of Light (2012) was released as the band entered the third decade of their career. The album was co – produced by the band and Adam Sinclair (New York Dolls, The Unthanks) in Blast Studios in Newcastle.
The recent release marks the dominant Northern Ireland trio’s thirteenth studio album and the first recording for new label Blast Records.
Written, says frontman Andy Cairns, about the absurdity of human life, A Brief Crack Of Light draws upon myriad disparate influences - Black Flag’s primal clenched fist aggression, the skewed genius of Stewart Lee’s coruscating comic monologues, the writings of Samuel Beckett, the irresistible swing and swagger of Charlie Mingus among them - to deliver a dark, unsettling compendium of 21st century schizoid noise.
From the foreboding, ominous lurch of ‘Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing’ (the album’s first single, set for release on January 23) to the haunting, sparse, shimmering beauty of ‘Ecclesiastes’, the ten tracks which make up A Brief Crack Of Light are claustrophobic, corrosive and challenging.
It’s a pitch-black survivor’s manual for lost souls cast adrift in an uncomprehending, incomprehensible world, a beautifully delineated road map of man’s ugliest impulses and starkest dreads.
Baldly put, it’s the finest distillation yet of an uncompromising, idiosyncratic sound and vision Therapy? have honed to a dark art across a 23 year career.
The band’s story stretches back to 1989, when vocalist/guitarist Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan and drummer Fyfe Ewing - three young men in thrall to Captain Beefheart got together.
Alternative rock band LA FARO is a four piece rock band from Belfast. Fronted by the brilliant Jonny Black and joined by Dave Magee, Oisin O’ Doherty and Alan Lynn. Described as old school post hardcore sounds with just drums, guitars and big chunky distorted bass and Blacks loud vocals, their sounds resemble Big Black, Girls Against Boys and Jesus Lizard to name but a few.
Voted BBC Northern Ireland Across the Line local Act of the Year for the last 2 years running and are also regularly featured in Hot Press magazine.
La Faro have a string of hugely impressive show supports to be proud of, including Ash, The Pogues, Oppehheimer and Fighting with. Add in a tour support with And So I Watch You From Afar and an impressive line up of festival appearances including the hugely recognised SXSW festival.
La Faro join Therapy this Thursday, 24 October at the Set Theatre. Tickets are on sale now from Rollercoaster Records, Set.ie and will be available from Langton House Hotel on the day of the show. www.set.ie