On Nov 4 Therapy? play a gig at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, so I decided to give my old mate Michael a shout for a quick Q and A for the Big List. Here’s a reprint below which includes exclusive news on their forth-coming single.
Therapy? Q and A
This month we take a brief respite from out regular interview with some of NI’s up and coming movers and shakers to bring you an interview with one of this country’s biggest exports-Therapy? Currently celebrating 22years of kicking ass and taking names, the Larne/Ballyclare natives will be co-headlining the Belfast Rocks showcase at the Ulster Hall on Nov 4 alongside the Answer, so we caught up with bassist Michael McKeegan to hear about their plans for the homecoming show and he also gives us some details on their upcoming 13th album ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ and makes an exclusive announcement on their new single. Enjoy.
Hi Michael, welcome to the Big List. First off, Therapy? are playing a “Belfast Rocks” showcase at the Ulster Hall next month. The gig announcement definitely came as a welcome surprise last week. Why did you guys decide to play the show?
Michael McKeegan: “We were actually asked to do it a while back and for various ‘logistical’ reasons it didn’t seem likely. Obviously being a hometown show we were keen to make it happen, so everyone went the extra mile and we’re all very pleased it’s happening.”
You’re performing alongside the Answer. Did that play a big part in your decision to do the gig? Who doesn’t love Cormac and Co. after all.
Michael: “Definitely! The Answer are another great band and we’ve done a few ‘one off’ shows over the years in Europe and England together, so its brilliant to finally do a proper NI show with them. Their new album is also damn good, so we’re all looking forward to hearing it live.”
The Ulster Hall has always been a special place for the band-are you looking forward to playing a full set there?
Michael: “Too right. The last time we just did two songs as part of the ATL “Do You Remember The First Time?” show…that was ace, but it just waaay too short.”
The gig is part of “Belfast Music Week.” How important do you think events like this are for promoting new bands and also paying respect to those that have paved their way?
Michael: “I think there’s a pretty good vibe in NI with regard to bands putting out quality music and generally just being creative. So yeah, I think these kinda shows tend to put a little bit of extra focus on the local scene and for us it’s always nice to get a bit of recognition on home-turf. I think as a culture we can be quite self-effacing and hard on ourselves.”
Album number 13 ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ is coming out in February 2012. How’s it sound?
Michael: “It’s a great sounding record. We definitely wanted to push the vibe and sonics of ‘Crooked Timber’ a bit further and I think we may well have done that! There are (hopefully) a few surprises on there for long term fans and newcomers alike.”
I understand a single is being released in November. Can you tell us anything about it and the planned video?
Michael: “Nothing definite yet with regard to the video, but the song is entitled ‘Get Your Dead Hand Off My Shoulder’ and I’m especially interested in seeing what kinda feedback we get from people.”
Will you be playing any new songs at the Ulster Hall show?
Michael: “We haven’t tweaked a setlist as of yet, but I imagine we’ll play at least two of the new songs. It keeps it nice and fresh for us.”
You’ve mentioned on your official website that 2012 will see the band play a pretty extensive tour. Can we expect more Irish dates on the cards next year?
Michael: “Most definitely. Again, there’s nothing confirmed but we should be starting to see some European/UK shows announced for 2012 soon. The plan is to try and get back to everywhere that’ll have us!”
Therapy? co-headline Belfast Rocks at the Ulster Hall, Belfast alongside the Answer. Tickets for the show cost £17.50 and are available from all Ticketmaster outlets. Therapy?’s new album ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ is scheduled to be released in Feb 2012. For more information on the band visit www.therapyquestionmark.co.uk.