Band are back with more material and less dead wood, frontman Wright explains ahead of album release and UK tour
Terrovision split up ten years ago because they had nothing left to write songs about, says frontman Tony Wright.
But after a decade outside the band doing some living, they believe the time is right to turn out a new album, Super Delux, along with a UK tour which they believe will show their love of what they do has never faded.
Long-standing drummer Shutty bowed out last year as they began to make live appearances again. He’s been replaced by Cam Greenwood, who contributed to the upcoming material. The band has also taken the opportunity to shake down its organisation, and they’ll be a self-run outfit from now on.
Wright tells Rock News Desk: “Ten years ago we didn’t have another album to make. It’s tempting to keep going so we can lean on bars and say, ‘Yeah, I play in a rock band,’ but we felt the best reason to play was to make great records.
“We’d never sung about castles or shadows of love or that crap. We needed to get out into the real world for some true inspiration – something to sing about. Now we’ve learned stuff we want to tell the world about. If you listen you’ll hopefully hear the honesty that Terrovision feel is important to rock and roll.”
Wright says the split was a good way to rid the organisation of some “dead wood”, commenting: “The more pro the backroom team got, it seemed like some of them got less interested in music and more interested in cash.
“This time we won’t be working with them. But they were never the everything: we’d never have let that get in the way of making the music we wanted to make. We aren’t businessmen so we tread carefully. We stamp on the toes that need stamping, but at the same time we can lay off a bit because we have a great album.”
Comparing the industry between now and when they were last releasing material, Wright says: “Music gets stronger and the major labels get weaker. If it wasn’t for the web I believe people would have been paying £30 or more for CDs by now.
“But music comes free to those who write it. The songs don’t cost us anything to write – we just pluck them out of the air where they float just above our heads. We’re a live band to be reckoned with and we have that on our side. It’s a pleasure to hear a crowd singing along to your songs.”
The frontman says he has fond memories of times when they were chased through the streets of Spain and they had a private jet when they needed it; but his favourite memories are appearing on Top of the Pops and their first live set at the Monsters of Rock festival in 1994.
But there’s no reason to believe Terrorvision’s glory days are behind them: “We’ve achieved what we set out to do with this album, which was to make a record that captured the live, raw element of what we’re all about. We did it for ourselves. Whether we’re noted for it doesn’t really bother me.
He adds light-heartedly: “Maybe we’ll be dead a thousand years before someone says, ‘Why were people watching the X-Factor when this band were around?’ Maybe they’ll build a statue to us…”
In the meantime Wright says the spirit of the band is best summarised in the lyrics to new song Rock Radio: “I really loved Ozzy / Not so sure about Kelly / I want Sabbath on the wireless / Not Sharon on the Telly.”
“That’s the world I live in,” he states. “And it’s open to anyone who wants to holiday here.”
Terrorvision’s new album Super Delux is released on February 24
The band tour the UK starting this week:
24/03 Newcastle Riverside
25/02 Leeds Cockpit
26/02 Norwich Waterfront
27/02 Nottingham Rock City
03/03 London Electric Ballroom
04/03 Southampton Brook
05/03 Manchester Academy
06/03 Glasgow Garage