12 July 2015

Terrorvision - Super Delux

If you're over 25 you'll have heard of Terrorvision.  They sang that song, you know, the one about Tequilla making them happy.  If not, check them out.  They are what a band should be.  Fun, energetic and awesome!

Terrorvision's success came in the mid to late 90's with every single bothering the Top 40, culminating with the Mint Royale Shot of Tequilla.  They split up in 2001 after the poorly-received 5th album "Good to Go" (and a Greatest Hits compilation).

Despite the fact that Terrorvision were no longer around, I held out hope that they'd be back.  All members went on to other things, most notably Tony Wright 's Laika Dog (reviews to follow) but they couldn't seem to stay away from Terrorvision.  A reuinion tour happened in 2005, and there were more shows in 2007,8,9 and 10.

Original drummer 'Shutty' was replaced by Cam Greenwood (he's good, by the way) in 2010.  In 2011 (10 years since their last album) they released "Super Delux".

So.  Have they still got it, after 10 years?  Have the band grown up?  Well, yes.  They still have it.  Have they grown up?  No.  Not that anyone wanted them to!

This album is typical Terrorvision.  They have a formula and stick to it. They write very bouncy, very uplifting songs with very loud guitars.  They are, thanks to this, and Tony's unmistakable cheeky Bradford twang, one of those bands you instantly recognise when you hear a new song.

Super Delux contains 11 tracks, all under 4 minutes long.  Sticking to the formula.  It blasts into life with Demolition Song, a song about how all this was just fields when I were a lad.  It's so Terrorvision though, full of hand claps, and na na na's instead of doo wops.  Perfect!

There's loads of them...terrifically fast bouncy tunes that is: Neighbourhood, This is Suicide, All the Girls Wanna Dance, and Rock Radio, which is about how crap modern music is, with the awesome line:

I really loved Ozzy, not so sure about Kelly
I want Sabbath on the wireless, not Sharon on the telly.

Historically, Terrorvision have always known at which point in a running order to place their slower songs.  They have it right again this time, with Pushover (which sounds a bit like Middleman) and Friend in Need.  The album closes with a comedown of sorts, called Run and Hide.  Which is nice.

Basically, if you like Terrorvision, you'll love this album.  Even the 'weaker' tunes like Babylon and Shiny Things (but these are why they lose 2 points in my review).  I feel bad for taking points off them, but it feels like they were put on the album for balance.  Shiny Things, in particular, is perhaps too generic, lyrically.

Anyway, if you don't like Terrorvision for all the reasons I like them, stay away.  And if you've never heard them, any album of theirs can be your starting point.  That's what's so good about them.  They're predictable and safe, but in the best possible way.

8 out of 10.  You have my attention, and maybe my time, money and heart.

Listen on Spotify here.

Official Website (It has a store if you wanna buy this).

Or buy it from Amazon here!

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