Terrorvision – Super Delux (2011)

Terrorvision - Super DeluxIt’s been a ten long 10 years since Terrorvision last released an album. After 2001’s “Take The Money And Run” tour, the band amicably split with frontman Tony Wright forming Laika Dog and, with the exception of drummer Shutty, the rest of the band joined other less successful bands. But now they’re back with a new drummer and 11 new slices of pop rock.

Opener “Demolition Song” is a great start. It’s fast and punchy and immediately makes me think “Woo! They’re back!”. I have to confess that on first listen an inane grin spread across my face. Partly because one of my favourite bands of my formative years were back on form, and partly because parts of “Demolition Song” sound like the theme from 80’s cartoon He-Man and The Masters of the Universe.

The comeback continues with “Hold Tight” and “Neighbourhood”, both classic Terrorvision sounding songs. They’re both pretty straight forward quick chirpy rock. There’s a siren going on through “Neighbourhood” that’s bloody distracting while listening to it in the car mind you.

“Pushover” changes the pace a little and adds some of that token TV comic lyrics. It’s has a quirky bass heavy verse and straight rock chorus and a little hook that’s been lifted straight from “Middleman”. But instead of worrying about recycling of old material, it brings a warm smile. It’s back to the power-pop-rock next with “This Is Suicide” and “Babylon”. Both are around the standard 3 minute mark and have catchy choruses that go down well live.

“All The Girls Wanna Dance” mixes up the recipe again though. It’s a superb track with a 50’s rock-n-roll flavour. Again, it’s the infectious chorus that pushes it into great territory. It’s one of the tracks I’ve listened to most and if this isn’t released as a single to fantastic audience reception then it’s a goddamn crime. It’s got everything that made “Tequila” such a hit except this time it’s not a tin-pot remix and everyone will know what the actual song sounds like.

After the frantic pace of the previous track, “Friend In Need” is a welcome slow song. It’s not a standout by any means, but has a nice little catchiness to it and some entertaining lyrics. It’s followed by first single “Rock Radio”. At first, I didn’t really like it that much but it’s growing on me, especially after having seen it played live. It’s a little too much like “Demolition Song” but not quite as good as the album opener, though the chorus is definitely destined to become a sing-a-long special.

“Shiny Things” is reminiscent of an old track that I can’t put my finger on, perhaps even from the Formaldehyde days. It’s not a bad track though not particularly distinctive enough to stand out from the other straight forward tracks on the album. After the noisiness of “Shiny Things”, final track “Run & Hide” is a great tune. It shows Tony Wright’s song writing and vocals can be sensitive as well as silly as the lyrics often are. It’s a lovely little track that closes off the album beautifully.

As you might be able to tell, I’m well pleased with Terrorvision’s return. I’m sincerely hoping that they’re back to stay and keep on doing what they’re doing. 2001’s Good To Go was a real low point for me so it’s great to hear new material sounding fresh while walking that fine line between back catalogue familiarity without retreading old ground. Welcome back lads. Now, about that money you ran off with ten years ago…

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