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Therapy? Set May Release For New Album 'Hard Cold Fire', Share Lead Single Joy

Monday, 13 March 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Tom Hoad

Therapy? have announced their new album.

The follow-up to 2018's 'Cleave' is called 'Hard Cold Fire', and marks the trio's 16th full-length studio release. It'll arrive on May 5 via Marshall Records, and is previewed by Joy, a riotous grunge-rock track. Vocalist Andy Cairns said:

"We didn't want to make a lockdown record, because people have been through enough. 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."

Head below to view the LP's cover art and tracklist, alongside a video for the new song, which deals in low-end, chugging riffage and propulsive, spiralling rhythms.

"Well, Joy started with a term from Waiting For Godot, by Samuel Beckett," explained Cairns. "This wonderful line: 'habit is a great deadener'. I just love that word, 'dead-en-er'. It's an amazing word. People get themselves into these habits, and the next thing you know, their life is over and they've only lived in a very small circle of experience, often through choice, which is scary."

The band will play a series of record store gigs following the album's release, including stops in Bristol, Nottingham, London and Oxford. 

'Hard Cold Fire' tracklist:

1. They Shoot The Terrible Master
2. Woe
3. Joy
4. Bewildered Herd
5. Two Wounded Animals
6. To Disappear
7. Mongrel
8. Poundland Of Hope And Glory
9. Ugly
10. Days Kollaps

Therapy Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon May 08 2023 - BRISTOL Rough Trade
Tue May 09 2023 - NOTTINGHAM Rough Trade
Wed May 10 2023 - LONDON Fighting Cocks
Thu May 11 2023 - OXFORD Bullingdon

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