After a 5 year break, Terrorvison’s eagerly anticipated return to Southampton was a night to remember and showed that age has done nothing to slow down Tony Wright and CO.
On the 4th leg of their latest 7 venue tour, they were greeted in The Engine Rooms on Saturday by a sold out crowd. The tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of their critically acclaimed third studio album, Regular Urban Survivors. They played a 17 track set list that consisted of the entirety of their Regular Urban Survivors album, as well as some of their biggest hits.
On the night, anticipation was rife in the air. The crowd demonstrated the universal appeal of the band and there was a wide variety of people of all ages in attendance. From this it was already clear that Terrorvision’s sound had endured the test of time and has obviously been passed down through generations. For many, this had been the first time to see the band since their 2005 reunion and for most, the first time ever, and so the expectations were high and the pressure was on. They were supported by Bristol blues rock outfit Tax the Heat, who set an impressive standard; however, they paled in comparison to the boys from Bradford who everyone had come to see.
In one word, Terrorvision’s performance was superb. Charisma oozed off the front man, Tony Wright, from the very first moment he stepped on stage and it was clear by the end of the very first track that the Southampton fans were in for a real treat. Sporting a bizarre attire of red overalls and an army style vest, Wright was clearly out to make an impression and his energy was off the charts. Jumping around the stage and barely stagnant for more than a few moments, his stage presence showed exactly why he has earned notoriety as one of the most engaging front men in rock for over 3 decades.
Vocally, Wright was pitch perfect and demonstrated the full extent of his impressive vocal range; this was especially demonstrated on tracks Bad Actress and Didn’t Bleed Red, two powerful songs which allowed him to demonstrate his ability to switch his voice from calm and emotive to powerful and abrasive. However, this was by no means a one man show and the whole band showed remarkable energy. The two guitarists, Mark Yates and Leigh Markley were equally as effective at connecting with the audience, with the high octane performance enthralling the crowd more and more with every track. You might have been forgiven for thinking that we had journeyed back to mid 90’s and were watching them in their prime.
It was clear that the band had lost no sense of enthusiasm for performing over the past 35 years. Showing the same dedication to energy as ability, they sounded incredible and the set was captivating. They appeared to thrive on the energy of the crowd as they went and by the finale of their breakthrough track Oblivion they seemed totally amped up and the whole crowd was in frenzy.
Terrorvision’s return to Southampton will be one that will live long in the memory of fans. The impassioned and empathic return to the city has left fans crying out for more and many will no doubt already be eagerly anticipating more events from the band.