Interview With Therapy? - 21st October 2009
Photo Of Therapy? © Copyright Therapy?Rob caught up with Therapy? back stage at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton to talk about the bands history, their current tour and what they have planned for the future.

Hello and thank you for taking time out to do this interview!

Last time we interviewed you was back in May, what have you been doing since then?
(Andy) Weve been doing alot of gigs and festivals this summer, its been busy which is nice.

You are currently on your UK tour, how has it been going so far?
(Mike) Its been absolutly briliiant, We were talking about this the other day, this has been the best start to a tour weve ever had, we found our groove early on and weve had a great reaction from the fans,

(Andy) Its been stress free, we got a good crew and were playing really really well, sometimes when we go on tour it takes a while to get into it, but since the release of Crooked Timber its been brilliant.

Ricky Warwick is supporting on the tour, how has it been touring with him?
(Mike) Hes been going down really well, hes quite different to the support bands we normally tour with, we known ricky for a long long time, hes very good at what he does and comands alot of respect from the audience also, we dont need to take bands on tour that sound exactly like therapy.

Your show at Oxford Academy falls on Halloween, can we expect you guys to dress up and put on a spooky show for the fans?
(Andy) For the first time ever, were gonna do the whole dress up thing, we posted on our message boards that if any one wants to dress up there welcome to, someone suggesed it then ricky said that if you guys are gonna do then so will I, then everyone else working on this tour said that there gonna dress up aswell. Were gonna go with the black metal look an get the corpse paint out.

Once your UK tour is over you are heading straight over to mainland Europe to play many shows, are there any shows, towns or venues you are looking forward to playing more than others?
(Andy) It always goes really well for us in certain parts of europe, but there are places weve never been to like Arnem in Holland, were going back to Poland, we got 4 gigs in italy in Milan an Rome, were going to places like austria, switzland and germany in november which will be nice because of all the Christmas markets.

(Mike) Itll good to go to these places and see some old friends, its a good mix of old and new places that were going to keep it fresh.

(Neil) I try to take it one step at a time and try not to pin hopes on one gig or one area.

You are playing the Damination Festival at Leeds University on Saturday, have you played here before and how do the indoor festivals compare to the more large scale outdoor festivals?
(Andy) Weve played in leeds before doing our own gigs and we have played at the university also, weve done a few indoors before, but this one im really looking forward to as theres a few bands that i wanna see, an irish band can watch you from afar that i really like, im looking forward to the festival as a day out aswell.

So you are pretty busy until the start of December, are you going to have a nice long rest over the festive period? And what can we expect of Therapy? In 2010?
(Andy) Were off in december and early january but we start again in late january touring in greece, then finland then austrailia in march i think, then the latest album gets released in the states, there talks of a few gigs there, adn then its the 20th anniversary shows!

You have been together as a band for nearly 20 years now! Do you have any special years to celebrate your 20 years as a band?
(Andy) Hopefully we'll be recording a few shows then release a live album which is something we've never done, were gonna make a big deal of it , its amazing to be in a band 20 years down the line.

If you could share the stage with any band or artist past or present who would it be and why?
(Andy) id like to see what a female singer would do in this band, maybe debbie Harris

(Neil) id like to see vegas era Elvis (laughter)

Do you prefer being out on the road touring or being in the studio making new music?
(Neil) Theres no one betters than the other, you get stuck into a mind set of writing and recording, you know that youll have 6-12 months in that mind set, then when your done you'll be happy with it, then you go out on tour with it, im to an throe between the two,

(Andy) Im really inpatient with it, im like, rights thats two takes im done ( laughter), i prefere touring, i like listening back to albums but i get really bord in the studio,

Where do you see Therapy? In the next 5 years?
(Andy) I would like to think in 5 years time were still be moving onwards and upwards and still have a worldwide record deal, but we dont know whats around the corner, i still enjoy this, i dont feel my age and it doesnt feel that ive been in a band for this long, ive learned more to live in the moment, in the past i havent enjoyed it, and have been worrying about bad reviews, maybe its being a family man now, that all seems rediculous now, i should have enjoyed it alot more in the past.

(Mike) theres so much going on, im really enjoying whats going at the moment, day to day.

One last question that we ask every band if you had a choice out of being an animal out of a Zebra and a Giraffe, which one would you be and why?
(Andy) Id rather be a zebra, being a giraffe looks uncomfortable

(Mike) Id reather be a zebra, im closer to the ground and more versatile

(Neil) Id like to be a Giraffe just to go against these guys (Laughter)

Interview by Robert Lawrence
 Band Members

Andy Cairns
(Guitar, Vocals)
McKeegan (Bass Guitar)
Neil Cooper
 Latest Releases
Therapy? - Crooked Timber
Release Date - March 23rd 2009
1. The Head That Tried To Strangle Itself
2. Enjoy The Struggle
3. Clowns Galore
4. Exiles
5. Crooked Timber
6. I Told You I Was Ill
7. Somnambulist
8. Blacken The Page
9. Magic Mountain
10. Bad Excuse For Daylight
 Band Related Links
Therapy? Myspace