NEWCASTLE is something of a home from home for Northern Irish rockers Therapy? as they’ve recorded their last three albums there, and now they’re on their way back.
The trio are playing at the O2 Academy 2 on Friday, April 24, to promote their 14th album, Disquiet.
Produced by Tom Dalgety, it was recorded at local studio Blast Recording, like its two predecessors, 2009’s Crooked Timber and 2012’s A Brief Crack of Light.
A follow-up of sorts to their biggest seller, 1994’s Troublegum, it saw the band – frontman Andy Cairns, bassist Michael McKeegan and drummer Neil Cooper – back in the charts for the first time in 16 years.
Cairns, 49, said: “We wanted to write something a bit more anthemic again.
“In May last year, we did a 20th anniversary tour for the Troublegum album, and it was completely sold out.
“It was great hearing those songs sung back at us and seeing what they meant to people.
“Clearly, it would be idiocy for us to attempt to recreate Troublegum because that was a different era and a different line-up, but the starting point for me was thinking ‘what would the protagonist of Troublegum be doing 20 years on?’
“Troublegum was largely impotent rage, whereas Disquiet is more considered anger.”
Cairns, now living in Cambridge, added: “In constructing Disquiet, we went back to the old-fashioned way in which Troublegum was written.
“I’d take my guitar, play a song, record it on my phone then send it to the guys finished in terms of lyrics, melody and guitar chords.
“We started with 19 songs, recorded 18 of them and then worked with Tom to select the ones that best represented what we were trying to do with this record.
“We’re genuinely delighted with how things have turned out.”
Tickets for Therapy?’s gig in Newcastle are £19.68 from (08444) 772000.