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Therapy? Bassist Michael McKeegan Discusses New Album, "Cleave"

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For such a small nation, Northern Ireland has produced some truly amazing contributions to rock over the years. From the guitar wizardry of Gary Moore to the catchy teenage encapsulated output of The Undertones to retro thrash metal favourites Gama Bomb, Northern Ireland has a lot to be proud about. One band that they should treasure however hails from the market town of Larne and have always been one of the most leftfield bands in alternative rock/metal.

I could only be talking about Therapy? and this past month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Therapy? bassist Michael McKeegan to discuss that night's acoustic show, the upcoming new album, "Cleave" and why "Troublegum" is still such a special album twenty four years later. You can check out some excerpts as well as a video of the full interview below.

On the video for new single, "Callow":
"A lot of rock bands will just do the performance video, maybe undercut with a narrative but we've been working a lot with Sitcom Soldiers who've done the videos for "Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing" and "Still Hurts" but everyone knows what we look like and they've seen us play live. We're not in any of the videos from the last album ("Disquiet") at all. It's ("Callow") more of a critique of society than it is medication. It seems medication is very quick to be prescribed nowadays but that's big pharma for you. Sometimes it's better just get a dialogue going, talk to your mates, have a hug and so on."

On new album, "Cleave."
"Musically we wanted to keep that 'hooky' kind of thing but for some reason it reminds me of the three EPs we did in 1993 building up to 'Troublegum.' I'd say musically, the rhythms are a bit more groovy and techno, more like 'Nurse' and 'Teethgrinder.' We actually did a production rehearsal where we played the whole album in order three or four times. It's a bit more frantic than Disquiet, one song has blast beats and others are more like the Beach Boys."

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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