Therapy? Performing Troublegum
9th April 2014
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Review by Ashlinn Nash
The sun setting over London is always a pretty sight to behold as the salmon pink sky glistens the Scala on this spring day, it is a stark contrast to the hubbub and pure excitement that will be contained in its walls tonight. This evening is dedicated to Therapy? Who will be performing the entirety of ”Troublegum” with support from Lonely the brave, its one set for excitement and nostalgia.
Without much deliberation the evening kicks off with Lonely the brave [3/5] who bring with them a fresh blend of rock that is instantly comparable to incubus, A, Feeder and take on the ideas of making a fresh sound from influence in a balance that is both articulated and delivered with ease.
However, it is in the stage work that lets them down as the duty of front man is not held by the traditional; being that of the singer. The reserved vocalist seemed to shy away from being the centre of attention even though his voice is powerful enough to fill the room without a microphone.
With the front man duties being held on the lead guitarist who seems to have taken it all in his stride by becoming a crowd pleaser who jumped from being spritely to being serious about mouthing the lyrics and bringing out the best from the crowd.
Performing tracks from newest and yet to be released album; “The Day’s War” they are good musicians they just need to work on bringing out their live performance some more, it may have been nerves from having the task of opening for legends in the music business that got to them.
Without much of a wait, Therapy?[4.5/5] are raring to play not just one of two songs from the legendary album but the entire album. It is a record that was built to be performed and is often a go to album for long standing fans as well as it being a generation rite of passage, for fans getting into the genre.
The set lists tonight being split into the two parts with the first half dedicated to the entirety of the album in order. Packed with the well loved and fantastic sing-a-longable tunes such as “Screamager”, “Nowhere” and “Isolation” performed in a way that make the tracks still as fresh as the day they were recorded.
After the final notes of the album ring out across the speakers, it’s time for a quick stop and beer break for the band before the second half of the set is dedicated to playing a best of, which goes down very well with the crowd.
The excitement is held high throughout the whole show and increases with the second set. Singer and guitarist Andy Cairns begins to relax a bit more as they work through a best of, with the weight of the albums performance off his mind, it’s easy to see he is happy on stage alongside Michael Robert McKeegan with bouncing bass line duties and Neil Cooper on metronomic drums.
Working through classic songs such as “Evil Elvis”, “speedball” and not forgetting a fun cover of Judas Priest’s “breaking the law” with the set two, concluding with a triumphant track – “potato junkie” – with a snippet of “I wanna be your dog” covering the master Iggy pop.
Therapy? Are a hard working and appreciative unit that work incredibly well together, seen throughout the performance tonight. Making it evening as unforgettable as the album, packed with fun, cheeky humour all from a band as consistently hard working and as enjoyable to listen too after all these years. With this year marking the 20th anniversary of Therapy?’s most commercially successful record Troublegum, here is to another twenty years from the band.
Set 1: “Troublegum”
Stop It You’re Killing Me
You Are My Sunshine
Totally Random Man
Breaking the Law (Judas Priest cover)
Potato Junkie (with snippet of I Wanna Be Your Dog by Iggy and The Stooges)
You Are My Sunshine