Neil Cooper (UK)
Paiste Artist Since Oct 2009
6" 2002 Bell Chime
10" Signature Splash
17" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Crash
14" 2002 Wild Hats
18" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Crash
19" 2002 Power Crash
20" 2002 Heavy Ride
20" 2002 China
‘A Brief Crack Of Light’, the follow-up to 2009's acclaimed ‘Crooked Timber’, just might be the most compelling album of Therapy?'s distinguished career.
The album draws upon many influences - Black Flag's primal clenched fist aggression, the skewed genius of Stewart Lee's coruscating comic monologues, the writings of Samuel Beckett, the irresistible swing and swagger of Charlie Mingus among them - to deliver a dark, unsettling compendium of 21st century schizoid noise.
From the foreboding, ominous lurch of 'Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing' (the album's first single) to the haunting, sparse, shimmering beauty of 'Ecclesiastes', the ten tracks which make up A Brief Crack Of Light are claustrophobic, corrosive and challenging. It's a pitch-black survivor's manual for lost souls cast adrift in an incomprehensible world, a beautifully delineated road map of man's ugliest impulses and starkest dreads.
Baldly put, it's the finest distillation yet of an uncompromising, idiosyncratic sound and vision Therapy? have honed to a dark art.
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Neil’s “Therapy?” Discography:
A Brief Crack Of Light – 2012
We’re Here To The End (live album) - 2010
Crooked Timber - 2009
One Cure Fits All – 2006
Never Apologies, Never Explain – 2004
Scopophobia ‘Live’ DVD - 2003
High Anxiety – 2003
Downlift The Uptrodden – 1996
Chasm – 1992
Crawl - 1990
Alongside Therapy?’s busy schedule Neil is involved with the running of Stressed Sumo Records – www.stressedsumorecords.co.uk
When not recording, touring or running the record label Neil has found time to perform drum clinic/workshops and has previously been invited to hold a master class at the prestigious ‘Drummer Live’ convention. He received a ‘Certificate of Teaching’ through The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music in 2001.