Last year saw Irish alt-rockers Therapy? celebrate the 20th anniversary of their most successful album by playing it in full on the road.
The million-selling Troublegum spawned five top 40 singles, including Screamager, Trigger Inside and Nowhere.
It was an experience that helped inspire the trio’s new album – their 14th. Disquiet, including new single Still Hurts, was released last month to some of the best reviews they have ever received.
And they’re bringing the new album’s tour to The Wedgewood Rooms on Sunday.
Speaking to The Guide, bassist Michael McKeegan says: ‘We’d have to be completely insane to make a record that sounds like it was recorded 20 years ago. Since then we’ve made 10 records and you can’t unlearn that.
‘But the original catalyst for the lyrical concept, which then lent itself to the musical concept was looking at the Troublegum character and where that person was 20 years later, and then there’s the parallel with where we are 20 years later.
‘The Troublegum character was a kind of exaggerated version of a confused, angry teenager. And it also works kind of on the level that there are fans who could identify with that character and then them thinking: “What am I doing 20 years later?”’
The three-piece, completed by singer/guitarist Andy Cairns and drummer Neil Cooper, do not seem to have mellowed with age either: ‘Anger is not really seen as a positive thing, but there is sometimes a cathartic element to it, which is why people play sports, or work out, or listen to music.
‘There’s also a kind of mindset that you’re either young and angry or old and complacent, and as I’m growing older, I’m finding that’s not the case.
‘Maybe because you’re more worldly wise and know how the world works you might be more angry, you know – is this it? Both on a personal and political level, you can see injustice in your street, in your country, right across the world. It’s not like you hit 40 and it’s time for the pipe and cosy slippers.
We were looking at the Troublegum character and where that person was 20 years later, and then there’s the parallel with where we are 20 years laterMichael McKeegan
‘Going back to the new album, I think the anger and confusion is still there, but you deal with it better, you have better coping mechanisms, you’ve got different focuses in your life.’
Doors open 8pm. Tickets cost £15. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk