Hell-raising Terrorvision to play legendary club Eric’s

Posted on 6 September 2011
By Chris Bradley
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Legendary club Eric’s in Liverpool is locking away any old TV sets and stocking up on tequila for the return of hell-raising rockers Terrorvision.

The Bradford band have allegedly put their drug addled and bar room brawl past behind them, instead choosing to perservere with their music careers.

Led by singer Tony Wright, 43, who smashed his ankles trying to rearrange a Hard Rock Cafe Madrid sign in 1996, Terrorvision 2.0 is here.

Super Delux will be their first album in 10 years but the Eric’s gig promises to be a nostalgic lesson on How To Make Friends and Influence People and their other 90s hits.

Their return to a venue like Eric’s, once the heartbeat of the Merseyside punk scene, bringing The Sex Pistols, Joy Division and U2 to the city is eagerly anticipated.

The club’s new musical director, Ethan Allen, said: “Their success was short-lived in the media but they are a loud, big band with a strong fan base.

“I can’t wait to hear them at Eric’s, which is a venue that will not do what everyone expects us to do.”

Terrorvision were born in 1988 out of the remnants of a glam rock mess called Spoilt Brats, an amalgamation of art school buddies Mark Yates and Leigh Marklew, drumming loon Shutty and long-haired urchin Tony Wright.

After three years of gigs and demos they were signed in 1991 to EMI Records on the strength of Pump Action Sunshine, a demo which featured what was to become their first Top-30 hit, My House.

In the early part of the decade they supported legendary rockers The Ramones, Motorhead and Def Leppard, in front of a Sheffield crowd of 40,000 people.

But tired of non-stop touring debut album Formaldehyde, they decamped to New York City in 1993 to record the seminal ‘How to make friends….’ and soon hit the charts with raw vocals and fuzzy guitars.

Catapulted into the mainstream, the album spawned 5 top-30 hits and earned them Kerrang! and Raw magazine awards – that were duly lost in a drunken haze.

Terrorvision became festival favourites in the late 90s, supported Atlanta lo-fi super stars REM and collaborated with various producers from The Prodigy to Edwyn Collins.

But all the partying came to an end after 10 years of excesses, abcesses and successes.

EMI cancelled their record deal in 1999 despite their biggest hit, Tequila, reaching number two in the UK charts.

After a new label deal with Papillon Records, the fans favourite album Good to Go in 2001 did not stop the Yorkshire hedonists calling it quits.

Terrorvision return to play Eric’s on Saturday 5th November and the club will officially reopen
on Saturday 10th September for a special show with Wirral band OMD.