Northern Irish veterans revisit their commercial peak to thrilling effect.
It’s ironic that Therapy?’s breakthrough into the mainstream came courtesy of an album that didn’t sound very much like them at all. There was little trace of the band’s key influences (Big Black, Sonic Youth, Captain Beefheart, techno) in 1994’s million-selling Troublegum, but its streamlined punk-metal sound, allied to Andy Cairns’s black-humoured ‘I was a teenage fuck-up’ lyricism, connected on such a scale that the trio’s early years as misfit noisemakers were effectively airbrushed from history. The arty, awkward Infernal Love soon torpedoed any notion that this was a path Therapy? intended to pursue.