Since arriving on the coattails of the grunge explosion in the early ’90s, Therapy? have been ploughing a stubborn furrow, oblivious to public opinion and unmindful of changing fashions. Album number 13, however, finds the Northern Irish rockers strangely in vogue. Crooked Timber is a darker, heavier companion to the FM-friendly alt-rock the nation has been lapping up in recent years. Andy Cairns’ heavily accented vocals take a backseat to crunching guitar riffs and a dense, breakneck rhythm section. Tuneful and hard-hitting, if a little laborious at just under an hour long, Therapy? could be set to profit from the success of such fresh-faced heirs as Biffy Clyro.
Essential Track: Blacken The Page
Release Date: March 23
Written for Q Magazine