I really should have worn a coat last night because it was bloomin’ freezing as we walked to the Wulfrun, teeth chattering through anticipation and excitement (or was it hypothermia?), on our way to watch the awesome Terrorvision (★★★★★) celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their third album, Regular Urban Survivors. I was 15 when I first saw Terrorvision. It was at the Monsters of Rock Festival, Donnington. The year was 1994. 22 years on and I’m as big a fan now as I ever was. Maybe even more so. The same must be said for my gig buddy and long time TV fan – my sister, Ella.
The heat hits us as soon as we get into the hall, the effect of the already large crowd that are waiting patiently for the support, Tax the Heat (★★★★★). And if it wasn’t hot enough already, the Bristol four-piece turn up the gas. I’d never heard of the band until last night but I’ll be seeing them live again. That’s a promise. If I’m honest, I’ve never seen a support band as good as them. Every song is an anthem. Even though every track is bloody brilliant, my highlights are, Animals, Under Watchful Eye, title track of their album, Fed to the Lions, Hit Me Hard and Your Fool. Their sound is epic. If you love Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Kiss, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Free and The White Stripes/Jack White, you seriously need to check these guys out. You won’t regret it.
Of course, we’re all rammed into the Wulfrun for one reason – Terrorvision. And even though we all know what to expect, Regular Urban Survivors played in its entirety, we’re all still amazed that the band perform like they haven’t aged a single day. I mean, they have, we all have, but the way Tony Wright bounces around the stage like an excitable puppy, well – it’s just unbelievable.
Tony, Leigh, Mark, Milly and Cam storm through a rip-roaring first set and we sing along with gusto to the 13 tracks that make up their 1996 album, Regular Urban Survivors. My Sister and I sing at each other and instantly recall exactly how we felt when we first heard the album. Highlights of the set include, Perseverance (they were right about the whales and dolphins, you know?), Didn’t Bleed Red, Dog Chewed the Handle, Bad Actress, If I Was You and Celebrity Hit List. As the last note of Mugwump fills the room, the band head off for a bit of a breather.
Tequila kicks off the second set and the crowd go crazy. The band power through their biggest hits including Pretend Best Friend, American TV, My House, Discotheque Wreck, Middleman, Alice What’s the Matter and last but by no means least, Oblivion. You can tell the five piece from Keighley, Yorkshire are truly humbled by the love coming from the die-hard fans of Wolverhampton and as they saunter off stage for the last time a feeling of utter joy fills the room. The sweat is dripping off me and by the looks of it, the whole crowd are in much the same state. I already know that I’m going to ache like hell tomorrow but I don’t care. That’s what a Terrorvision gig does to you. Who needs a gym membership?