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Monto Water Rats, London, 31 March 2010
of Northern Ireland's finest ever rock bands Therapy? are in town for a
three night stint at this pub sized venue the Monto Water Rats located
in London's not so glamourous Kings Cross. Therapy? are to play a
different set every night, the best of which will end up on a
forthcoming live LP to be released in the summer, the first live
offering from the band.
Tickets for these shows sold out quicker than it takes to get served a
pint at closing time. I was here on the last night of these shows
and the atmosphere inside the venue was electric. No more than 200
lucky fans were rammed inside the stage side of this bar.
I took the
option of listening to the band for the first few songs in the other bar
where I could relax and watch the band on the TV screen (Even Manic
Street Preacher James Dean Bradfield took this sensible option trying
his best to look inconspicuous). It was a hot night and all the
doors were open so the band were nice and very loud. Even those
walking down the Grays Inn Road could enjoy the show, it was that loud.
Laughing' from 94's highly successful LP 'Troublegum' came early in the
set and sent the temperature rising. Many songs from the recent
return to form 'Crooked Timber' were aired including the title track
,the reggae-ish 'Exiles' and 'Enjoy The Struggle' which has a riff lying
somewhere between Pantera's 'Walk' and Marilyn Manson's 'Beautiful
People' had the Therapy? faithful singing along.
was a high energy gig with everyone including the band jumping up and
down throughout. This was not a night to start a fight for having
your pint spilt. The only time to regain some energy was during
the 'Love Infernal' tracks 'Diane' and the heavy building of 'A Moment
Cairns led us back to the first single from twenty years ago with 'Meat
Abstract', the Red Hot Chilli Peppers feel of 'Teethgrinder' was another
winner before they sank their babyteeth into 'Skyward'. The
semi-detached 'Church Of Noise' got us pogoing to this funky bass
made my way down to the front to take a few pictures and was soon
covered in sweat from the partying fans. At first I couldn't
understand why my camera was only taking blurred pictures then I
realised it was so hot down there that my lens kept on steaming up.
Coming back on stage for an encore of 'Screamager' Therapy? reminded me
what a great band they really are. If you think their days are
over, screw that, forget about that. You can remind yourselves how
good they are when they will perform 'Troublegum' in its entirety at
this year's Sonisphere Festival.
the forthcoming live LP is anything like the temperature down the front
tonight, then the album will be hot, hot, hot.
Review and photos by Mark Taylor
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