Therapy? was organized in Belfast, Ireland, in 1989, a product of Andy Cairns, Michael McKeegan, and the terrifically named Fyfe Ewing. Rather than go the corporate route, the group pressed and released their own singles and EPs, which they did for a number of years until being signed by A&M Records. The group had some early success with their angst-ridden single, "Screamager," and they were able to make a name for themselves as a non-commercial (read: non selling-out) version of modern metal acts. Albums would follow at a regular pace, culminating in their most recent album, 2006's One Cure Fits All.
With a sound both immediate and furious, Therapy? is a band one should not take lightly. Their music is a dense array of melodies and driving beats, networked with angst-ridden lyrics about feelings of frustration and inadequacy. Needless to say, this material is a gold mine for teenagers in almost every year in history, and the group does very well playing to that crowd. Still, they wouldn't have lasted this long if not for staying power, and well after their fans outgrow the emotions associated with their music, the love of the songs remains.