THERAPY? To Release 'Cleave' Album In September

THERAPY? To Release 'Cleave' Album In September

Northern Ireland rockers THERAPY? will release their 15th studio album, “Cleave”, on September 21 via Marshall Records. Roughly themed around notions of duality and division, the band’s follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed “Disquiet” — and their first recording for Marshall — is a sharply focused, fiercely intelligent, impassioned and empowering set of songs from a band operating at a creative and artistic peak. A scathing, incisive state-of-the-nation address, investigating the schisms in contemporary society and the motivations of those seeking to propagate disjuncture, it’s a powerful, challenging, uncompromising collection from a band never afraid to confront and dissect humanity’s darkest impulses.

From the thrillingly propulsive assault of “Wreck It Like Beckett” via the addictive “Callow” (the album’s first single, out now) and the unsettling “I Stand Alone” to the disquieting, bleakly beautiful “No Sunshine”, the ten tracks which make up “Cleave” coalesce to paint a portrait of a fractured, dislocated world rent by unprincipled, mendacious masters.

Frontman Andy Cairns is justifiably proud of the unified drive and restless creativity evident in this powerful, questing collection and says this about the forthcoming opus.

“I know that we can be a difficult sell, because we have no particular niche and no desire to conform,” he admits, “but THERAPY? have always been the kind of band that when people discover us, they immerse themselves deep and keep us close to their hearts. We’ve never been part of a trend, so we’ve never been cast aside when fashions changed.

‘Cleave’, to me, is THERAPY? at our most focused. I love our more experimental side, but I also love that this record sounds like it was made by a band who’re all reading from the same script and moving forward with the same determination and hunger.”

“We’re living in a time riven by conflict,” Andy Cairns states baldly. “You look at what’s happening in the United States at present, what’s going on with Brexit in the U.K., with North and South Korea, with Palestine and Israel, and it’s impossible not to see turmoil and turbulence. Some of these conflicts have been going on as long as I can remember, but they seemed to really reach a head again around the time we were writing the album. ‘Cleave’ is our response to the divisions we see all around us.”

Cairns credits producer Chris Sheldon (FOO FIGHTERS, BIFFY CLYRO, FEEDER), who worked with the band on 1994’s “Troublegum”, 1998’s “Semi-Detached” and 2003’s “High Anxiety”, for keeping the band fixated upon delivering their new material with maximum impact, streamlining arrangements and stripping away extraneous fat, setting aside ego in service of the songs.

The result is one of the most formidable, provocative and impactful albums of THERAPY?‘s storied 29-year career, once again proving that the band’s pre-eminence as one of the U.K.’s most inventive, fearless and individualistic musical artists.

THERAPY? is:

Andrew James Cairns – Vocals/Guitar
Michael McKeegan – Bass
Neil Cooper – Drums

Photo credit: Tom Hoad


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KORN Frontman JONATHAN DAVIS: Making Of 'Black Labyrinth' Episode 2

KORN Frontman JONATHAN DAVIS: Making Of 'Black Labyrinth' Episode 2

The second in a series of clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis‘s solo album, “Black Labyrinth”, can be seen below.

Davis told Express & Star that he worked on “Black Labyrinth” for a long time before it finally saw the light of day. “I’ve been waiting 11 years for this to come out,” he said. “It’s really good to finish something which I started so long ago. It’s something I’m really proud of. I’ve been very patient with it. It’s been sat on my laptop for many years, so it feels really good to be able to finally release it, to talk about it and play it live.

“I’ve got so much music in my vault, but this was the first thing I started, though I do have other things in the pipeline.

“I wrote ‘Black Labyrinth’ while travelling all over the world. I’ve finally found a label and had some time off to do it.

“People who have heard the album love it.

“There are two tracks on the album, ‘Walk On By’ and the bonus track, which were written in 2010 and recorded in January this year. But most of them were done years ago. I’ve re-done some of the vocals and updated a few bits.

“I had to go through and take out the very best of the tracks. I wanted to use only the best of the best. It was hard to choose, but I’ll probably put some more out.

“I can’t do things I’ve done before. I always want to push myself and I want to do fun shit. It’s for the art, not the money.”

During his current solo tour, Davis is taking a number of his fans through a sensory deprivation experiment employed to test ESP abilities, known as the Ganzfeld Experiment. The singer recently spoke about the experiment with Ticketmaster UK, saying: “That’s something that’s been going on for a long time. If you deprive yourself of visual and audible stimulus, you’ll start to hallucinate. You cut a ping-pong ball in half and put these white globes over your eyes, and you listen to white noise, after twenty minutes you start to hallucinate. Every experience is different, but the brain can’t handle not hearing or seeing anything.”

Davis added: “I’m doing these pop-up things where I grab a couple of kids and pull them through the experience. It’s just the whole thing; it’s meant to be entertaining and not to be taken overly seriously. But it’s a really dope concept. I wanted something different, and to be more immersive. I think I’ve pretty much pulled that off now.”

Davis is touring Europe in support of his new disc.

KORN will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its classic third album, “Follow The Leader”, with three shows this fall in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.


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