Record label chief Eric Cook has hailed the latest album from Ulster agit-rockers Therapy? as a stunning return to form as the band prepare to unleash new record Crooked Timber on the world in March.

The band shot to prominence in the early 1990s with classics such as Teethgrinder fast gaining a cult audience. A string of Top 40 hits followed and the band has continued to blaze a trail for cutting edge rock for two decades.

Cook pounced to sign the band to Tyneside-based Global Music earlier this year and, after spending time with the band in the label’s brand new Blast studios in Newcastle, he said: “The record is absolutely superb. The guys have taken their time making an excellent album and no stone has been left unturned. There’ve been a few ups and downs along the way but we’re all confident that Crooked Timber will put the band back where they belong.”

Frontman Andy Cairns is equally confident new fans and old will warm to what promises to be one of 2009’s rock highlights and he added: “The recording is about celebrating people’s quirks, the things which make us unique.

“These days everyone tries to fit it instead of just being themselves. The songs examine what it means to be human – to realise that we are the only living things on the planet aware of our own deaths.”

Therapy?’s Crooked Timber will be released by Global Music’s DR2 imprint on March 24.