Live Review: Therapy? at the Northampton Roadmender

Photos by David Jackson
Photos by David Jackson

Therapy? have been on a bit of a resurgence of late. Last year, the Northern Ireland trio celebrated the 20th anniversary of their lauded classic Troublegum with gigs across the country.

The band is on the road again, touring their latest album Disquiet and on Monday they headlined Northampton’s Roadmender.

Calling Disquiet a return to form would be doing Therapy? an injustice. Think of it more a return to the mindset of Troublegum.

Disquiet is the most melodic, anthemic and angry record the band has released in years and live, it sits perfectly between the best bits of their back catalogue.

Monday’s 22-song set comprised largely of songs from both aforementioned records with a smattering of hits from their back catalogue and a couple of covers.

After a solid support slot by Stags, Therapy? opened with the punchy Still Hurts before launching straight into their ‘rocked up’ cover of Joy Division’s Isolation.

Apparent from the offset, and in abundance all night was, just how much energy guitarist and singer Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan, drummer Neil Cooper and ‘live’ guitarist Stevie Firth put in.

You’d forgive any band with 25 years under their belt if they decided to turn down the volume and take their foot off the gas a bit.

However, Monday proved Therapy? have no signs of slowing down with Cairns and McKeegan bounding around the stage with a crushingly loud sound.

This was in full affect for new tracks including Idiot Cousin and Torment Sorrow Misery Strife – the latter one of the fastest and best tracks from Disquiet.

A Moment of Clarity from 1995’s Internal Love brought a slower pace to proceedings before classics including Screamager and Teethgrinder sent the Roadmender crowd into a frenzy.

Therapy? ended their set with a cover of Hüsker Dü’s Diane which saw Cairns encouraging the Northampton audience to sing its backing vocals at him as he continued.

The band then returned for an encore, which included a huge sing along to Potato Junkie’s ‘James Joyce’ refrain, before they closed with Nowhere.

Fourteen album into a 25-plus year career, Therapy? remain one of the UK’s best rock bands and are certainly showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Therapy played:

Still Hurts

Isolation (Joy Division cover)

Die Laughing

Vulgar Display of Powder

Idiot Cousin

Turn

Torment Sorrow Misery Strife

Stories

Words Fail Me

A Moment of Clarity

Good News Is No News

Nausea

Tides

Insecurity

Screamager

Teethgrinder

Deathstimate

Diane (Hüsker Dü cover)

Encore:

Knives

Skinning Pit

Potato Junkie

Nowhere