Review: Therapy? at The Plug, Sheffield

Therapy? playing at Sheffield Plug

Therapy? playing at Sheffield Plug

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Irish upstarts Therapy? have been sharing their musicianship for a long time.

While it saddens me that they’re not filling the larger halls like they should be doing, at least playing Sheffield’s Plug means fans can almost touch them.

Opening early doors meant we missed the support slot, with Therapy? already firing off with Epilepsy and Stories. This enduring talented threesome hit the ground running with a packed 23-song set.

Although photographically the lighting was shocking and we all struggled to catch sight of the second touring guitarist who was tucked away to the side, it didn’t dampen the love and respect that was shown towards this much admired band. This was noticed on tracks like Loose, and the haunting Diane, which shows

Therapy? really can slow it down when they choose to.

Although many Therapy? albums adorn my collection quite a few tunes I didn’t recognise were played which was good, though just watching this lot knock out tune after ferocious tune was comfort enough.

Having a stable line-up always helps as Derby tub thumper Neil Cooper played relentlessly, as did mainstays Michael McKeegan on bass and guitarist and singer Andy Cairns, though I did think there was too much swearing. I feel bands like Therapy? should rise above all that.

As always this engaging and evolving threesome also played Tides, a new tune from their latest four track E.P.

With the end beckoning it was a pleasure to hear old favourites Screamager, the brilliant Knives and of course Going Nowhere, leaving both band and audience quite breathless. The exuberant crowd wanted more, but sadly that was it.

I’ve always had a soft spot for acts like Therapy? and whilst production and lighting were weak, at least Therapy? are dogmatically sticking at it and are still out there, recording and performing to the best of their abilities.

Long may it continue…

Therapy? play the opening night of Whitby Goth Fest (April 22 and 23), headlining the Friday night bill which includes The Red Paintings, The Lene Lovich Band and Hands Off Gretel.

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