Celebrating 20 years of their album Regular Urban Survivors the Keighley four-piece rock band play the O2 Ritz, Manchester on 25 Nov.
Tell us a bit about your sound and your influences?
It’s a rock sound. Loud guitars and banging drums but it was once described as having “pop sensibilities”. Also it has a kinda Bradford slant lyrically.
How has the band evolved over the years?
We walk a lot more upright now and our knuckles don’t drag on the ground as much. The band sound is very Terrorvision. Always has been and always will be. Individually we spread our musical wings with our solo stuff and alternative bands.
Were there any alternative band names before you arrived at this one.
Ha ha… We were the Spoilt Bratz but decided we couldn’t be that name forever so ended up as Terrorvision. Shutty’s (drums) dad threw a couple in the hat which still puzzle me today. They were Four Wheel Drive and Doris Arch… There you go – never let parents help choosing band names.
What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Personally I’ve just released my second solo album under my name Tony Wright. It’s called Walnut Dash. I chose that, not anyone’s dad. As a band Terrorvision are rehearsing for our twentieth anniversary of Regular Urban Survivors tour in November. It’s selling out fast, which is cool.
What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?
Small venues have suffered and with that it’s harder to find the honest grassroots stuff for yourself. But saying that the internet has given a platform for every songwriter and musician to get lost in the ether. Live music is always the best though so real music suffers for that and popshizzle is what you get in the mainstream.
How do you stand out from the crowd in a saturated industry?
Good songs that are about what we feel and playing them with a passion. We’re not the only people like that but are proud to be one of them.
What informs your music/songwriting?
Life. It’s all around you and is full of lyric and melody and harmony and tunes and attitude.. It pushes and it pulls and it rocks and it rolls.
What’s on your rider?
It looks like a table top or two of partying. Like a midnight feast that starts at 6pm and will be what I put my longevity down to when I hit 100 and get the telegram from the queen (she’ll be well old by then) and get interviewed about it in my local paper.
Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Noel Edmonds’ House Party. Most surreal though was all flying to LA to mime on the radio
Tell us about your worst live show.
Noel Edmonds House Party. Though maybe we were made to mime.
What’s your worst lyric?
What do you mean? I meant every word. Ha ha haaaaaaargh!