The rock legends Terrorvision are here in Southampton at Engine Rooms tomorrow night for their new seven city UK tour Regular Urban Survivors.
We caught up with Terrorvision’s Tony Wright to find out what where they have been, why they’re back and how they’re are definitely not Take That!
Do you get excited or nervous in this period before you go on tour?
Tony: Always nervous. It makes me feel sick and kinda knocks me out. don’t know why but always has. I know the songs now so maybe it’s just a need to give everyone a gig to remember…. Maybe we should get some dance moves in so we have a better clue of what’s going to happen but that unknown is also exciting…. so I guess it’s a kind of nervous excitement…

Are you looking forward to performing the album again?

Tony: Of course. It’s twenty years since this album came out and people still tell me I was right about the whales and the dolphins.

What is your favourite track to perform from the album?

Tony: We’re playing the album in its entirety and that kind of makes it one big magic song. I’m as glad to get my breath in the likes of Bad Actress as I am to lose my head in If I Was You.

Which places do you usually get the best fan reception?

Tony: That’s a hard one as our home gigs like Leeds and Holmfirth and Sheffield and Manchester are a crazy affair but then again so are Wolverhampton, Nottingham, London, Bristol…. I think I’m trying to say Terrorvision fans are everywhere and it’s definitely those people that make the gig where ever it is.

In what way does it differ from touring your last album?

Tony: This album sold a load from the days of record shops, vinyl, cassette and posters in the streets. The last album was put out on the quiet with a heads up on our Facebook page, therefore there’s more people noticeably singing along.

Do you enjoy touring or would you much rather be in the studio making music?

Tony: Touring every time…. of that there is no doubt.

What made you want to start making new music again?

Tony: Terrorvision aren’t making any new music as yet but we all put stuff out through other means be it solo stuff or other bands. Personally, I record music because I write it and I write it cos I hear it and no no one else has yet but maybe they should…

Why did you decide to take a 3-year break after Super Delux?

Tony: We wrote Super Delux whilst we were rehearsing for the greatest hits tour. We booked a lot of rehearsals and soon realised we just knew the songs so we passed the extra time throwing in new ideas and that was how Super Delux came about. It was great to make that album as it was like going back to the days of Formaldehyde.

What did spend your time doing in those three years?

Tony: Personally, I put out two solo albums. Thoughts’n’all and Walnut Dash. It’s been good starting at grass roots and working up another thang for people to find out about and sing along to.

Are you back for good this time?

Isn’t that Take That? It’s rock’n’roll which means what will be, will be … nothing forced but nothing ignored…

How does the music industry compare now to how it was when you were previously active?

Tony: Before you had to send demos and play gigs in London to A&R people who would say they might turn up and so you took the time off and hired a van and went, hoping they would show up and hoping people who were music fans would too and make it a great gig, love the tunes and you’d get a record deal. Now you can make a record for a fraction of the cost – quite often at home, put a video up on YouTube yourself and the whole world can see and hear you. People don’t have to take a magazines word that you are good or bad because they can check everything out for free. Saying that, the good magazines are still about because they are a trusted source of knowledge. A couple went that shouldn’t have gone but that was probably before the internet … They should’ve kept Sounds and Melody Maker and not bothered with the NME in my opinion. They had a much broader appeal and open mind.

How do you feel your music has changed since your return?

Tony: I don’t think it has. I can find stuff that’s great when I look out for it and hear stuff that isn’t when I tune into the wrong station. Pop bands still win their competitions to make records and bands still go out and write and play and travel to do so. Saying that, we have lost a lot of great venues where small bands would start which is a travesty. People making the TV talent shows should have to support at least one small capacity venue in every town in the world.

How have your lives changed since the success of Terrorvision?

Tony: We had nowt, got sommat, then lost it.

What do you see in the future of Terrorvision?

Tony: There is no plan – the plan has always been there is no plan.

What’s the craziest thing that has happened on one of your tours?

I Can’t tell you… People I know might be visiting Southampton and reading this!