Therapy? are a Northern Irish rockband who are somewhat hard
to put into a catagory.
The've been described once as being a "guitarnoiseband",
which does sort of cover the type of music, although one should
really create a whole new genre for these guys...
The songs are in a wide range of styles, ranging from punk-ish to ballad-ish, from metal-ish to folk-ish... But all songs have one thing in common, which is that they all have a distinct Therapy? sound to them and have regularly returning themes such as Love, Death, God, Anger and Misery. Sounds nice?
The band currently consists of:
Therapy?'s original drummer, Fyfe Ewing, left the band in 1996 and was replaced by Mr. Graham Hopkins.
If you've never heard a Therapy? song then get one of the albums mentioned below NOW! Or better still, go see 'em live if you have the chance, because they are regarded by many people including myself to be the BEST live band ever! I have never seen a live band play with so much energy, nor have I seen so many people completely freak out in a nice way, unlike what usually happens at other punk/metal gigs where either one can barely survive the pit at times or there hardly is a pit, or usually both.
There are currently two theory's explaining the question mark in the band name. Johan Althini has described both on his page:
Back in 1991 Therapy? released their first album,
followed in 1992 by PleasureDeath.
These two albums were bundled later that year on that incredible
tribute to noise, Caucasian Psychosis.
At the end of 1992 their third album, Nurse,
was released, unfortunately in the middle of the Grunge hype.
This and the fact that most of the songs on
Nurse were pretty slow,
led many people to believe Therapy? was a Grunge-band.
In 1994 Therapy? responded with
Troublegum, their most popular album
so far, with it's short songs somewhere inbetween metal and punk.
And just as everyone expected the sound on this album to be the final Therapy? music style, the guys released Infernal Love in 1995, which was completely different from all previous albums, having a much more cheerful sound, some cellos and even a ballad! Dispite it being different from previous albums, or rather because of this, it was a typical Therapy? album with a distinct Therapy? sound.
After Infernal Love, it became quiet around for Therapy? for while. Fyfe Ewing left the band and was replaced by Graham Hopkins. Cellist Martin McCarric also joind the band as a full member, doing backing vocals and playing guitar and cello. In 1998 Therapy finally released their new album, Semi-Detached. Much noisier than the last two albums, Semi-Detached boosted a dense claustrophobic sound with all kinds of weird noises mixed in, carrying Therapy? back to the old days of loud noise in small clubs, but minus the typical Fyfe-drums...
In addition to the five albums mentioned above, Therapy?
have also released many singles, EP's and done many covers on tribute
albums. They even did a rap/metal crossover together with Fatal
for a soundtrack for the film Judgement Night, although the
soundtrack became much more popular than the film itself and
created an entirely new crossover music genre.