Therapy? 29th March 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy
By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)
I’m not going to lie, I am rather biased about this band as we go way back! I have nothing but good memories and experiences with them. I’m amazed that I got any photos at all as I was just grinning like an idiot and singing my heart out in the photo pit for most of the 3 song allocation!!
The band were on top form even before they came on stage I could see Michael McKeegan in the wings having a bit of a dance to the Clutch song playing over the speakers!
This tour they are opening for none other than The Stranglers and they seem genuinely absolutely stoked to have been asked as Andy Cairns thanks them numerous times through the set.
AND what a set they deliver. Thirteen songs in 45 minutes. Digging into the back cataloge as far back as Innocent X and even Potato Junkie. Then right through to newer songs like Tides and Callow. All the big guns were on show Teethgrinder, Stories, Screamager, Nowhere, Die Laughing and their beloved Joy Division cover; Isolation. Which kept the crowds attention much more than your average opening act. My highlight though was Turn with Neil Coopers drumming absolutely smashing it! A dark menacing song on record and even more so live.
Throughout the set Andy speaks of the bands ties to Newcastle, especially to Blast Studios where they have recorded their last few albums so it was really nice to hear them dedicate a tune to the late Eric Cook who sadly passed away a year ago (Therapy? also came over and played a memorial show at The Cluny not long after his passing)
I turned to a friend whilst watching and stated “I still get so f**king excited about this band ” and in a nutshell that’s what all bands should really be aiming for, isn’t it? I can’t wait for the new album that they have just finished recording and hope another round of live shows is on the cards.
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