Just announced: Therapy? play Infernal Love
Therapy? – Infernal Love live, Saturday December 12, The Limelight, Belfast
HAVING celebrated the 20th anniversary of their landmark Troublegum LP with a hugely popular 'played in full' tour last year, Co Antrim-bred rockers Therapy? are now turning their attentions to its wilfully difficult younger brother, Infernal Love.
Many of those who were originally left somewhat cold/confused by the band's heroic attempt to write a sophisticated, musically diverse rock record while sporting frilly satin shirts and comedy moustaches in 1995 have since come to better appreciate Infernal Love's dark, emotionally fraught delights.
Admittedly, Bowels of Love's lyrically overwrought goth country lament, the emotionally twisted rock balladry of A Moment of Clarity and Me vs You and the rather 'vanilla' stylings of the mid-tempo Jude The Obscene were never going to be to all tastes – likewise their cello-powered take on Husker Du's Diane.
However, Infernal Love still offers plenty of moments equal to anything on the more widely celebrated Troublegum.
From its delirious, jazz-tinged album opener Epilepsy and knowingly absurd saxophone rock-out Stories through the irresistible pop punk rush of Loose, Misery's bad break-up anthem and Bad Mother's white reggae-tinged (think The Police, not UB40) riff-fest to the rampaging repetition of 30 Seconds, the record is definitely peppered with Therapy? gems.
If you didn't fall for Infernal Love first time around, now's your chance to be wooed all over again – almost exactly 20 years after the 'home fixtures' of their original Infernal Love tour in 1995.
Don't forget your moustache.
:: Tickets £18 from Limelightbelfast.com.