|Therapy? and the Marshall Records crew. (Courtesy of Therapy?)|
We here at TSHIT are stoked to announce that the sledgehammer artistes have inked a worldwide deal with Marshall Records, which will release the band's first single, "Callow," on May 25 from its upcoming 15th album, "CLEAVE."
According to guitarist/vocalist Andy Cairns in a recent interview with us, the album is slated for a September release.
Here's an excerpt from that chat regarding the new album:
We wanted to go for something really kind of exciting sounding and a bit more like the classic Therapy? sound. We got that, the tracks are all really good. It's got everything that's good about Therapy? It's got catchy choruses, really great guitar hooks and really interesting rhythms, all with a really growdy noise-rock base. We're really really happy with it, I personally think it's one of the best albums we've done in years.
What we've done in the last few years, is we've always tended to take a concept of a theme, so the album kind of sits together. Some of our better-known albums have got themes through them. Whether it's "Infernal Love," which is about human desire, or whether it was "Troublegum," which is about alienation filtering your younger years. The last album, "Disquiet," was about wrestling with your consciousness as middle age approaches. So this new one, really, the theme in that is fracture and division. Fracture and division in politics, fracture and division in borders and also fracture and division in psyche. So it's almost like, I would say it's a bi-polar pop record. It's very melodic, but there's a song on it called "No Sunshine," for example, which has got the most catchiest Husker Du chorus, but the verses are like Portishead at their darkest, and the instrumental sections are pure black metal. That kind of sums up the lyrical issues of the songs as well, are about why people keep prying each other apart when they should be clinging to each other now that the world seems more at loss than ever.
In addition to new-music talk on social media, the band has been reminiscing about its classic US tour with Jesus Lizard and Helmet in 1993.
Cat attended the San Francisco gig and remembers it as being a rip-roaring affair.