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Therapy? Return with “Joy” First Taste of Sixteenth Album ‘Hard Cold Fire’

Irish stalwarts Therapy? return with “Joy”, the first single from upcoming sixteenth album ‘Hard Cold Fire’. Check it out here.



Therapy?, photo by Tom Hoad

Northern Irish rock outfit, Therapy? are back with their new studio album Hard Cold Fire. The album is set for release on May 5th, 2023 via Marshall Records and you can pre-order your copy here.

Accompanying the news, the band have shared their first offering in the form the new single “Joy,” and details on a run of intimate UK in-store dates coinciding with the album’s release. Fans can find more information for in-store tickets here.

Check out the video for “Joy” here:

Heading into their fourth decade as a band, vocalist/guitarist Andy Cairns had this to say about their sixteenth album:

“One thing we did decide when we were eventually able to rehearse, was that we didn’t want to make a lockdown record because people have been through enough.”

Cairns continues “When we began to rehearse the songs, we realised there was an empathetic quality to them. We wanted to make something that was a bit more relatable, and less standoffish and claustrophobic – which we have a history of, and it stands in places – but we wanted to make something more approachable and open.”

Bassist Michael McKeegan added “We wanted this album to be one that felt good to play live, almost a release after this period of stasis, but then also not dwelling on the whole situation – we’re moving forward, and we wanted that energy to be there.”

“There’s a reinvigorated feel to the band, as though things are moving forward,” adds drummer Neil Cooper. “I’m very excited about people hearing this. It’s not just about turning up and performing. Everyone’s so invested… we’re unbelievably lucky, some bands don’t get that privilege, and I appreciate that. We’re in a fantastic place.”

To celebrate their return, the band have announced details of a series of intimate in-store appearances in May.

05/08 – Bristol, Rough Trade
05/09 – Nottingham, Rough Trade
05/10 – London, Banquet Records
05/11 – Oxford, Truck

‘Hard Cold Fire’ will be released 5th May 2023 via Marshall Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Artwork for ‘Hard Cold Fire’ by Therapy?

Artwork for ‘Hard Cold Fire’ by Therapy?

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.