Terris (band)

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Terris
Origin Newport, Wales
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1998–2002
Labels Rough Trade
Blanco y Negro
Past members Gavin Goodwin
Alun Bound
Neil Dugmore
Owen Matthews

Terris were a Welsh indie band who had a minor UK hit single in 2001 with "Fabricated Lunacy".

History[edit]

Founded in Newport in 1998, they were fronted by Gavin Goodwin, supported by Alun Bound on guitar, Neil Dugmore on keyboards and Owen Matthews on drums.[1]

After playing locally for two years, they were spotted by former 60ft Dolls singer Richard Parfitt, who became their manager, and got them a deal with Rough Trade Records.[1]

The band released The Time Is Now, their first EP, in 1999 on Rough Trade.[1] This gained them prominent support from the New Musical Express magazine, which hailed them as a "21st Century Joy Division" and "the best new band in the UK", and featured them on its front cover in January 2000.[1][2][3][4] Also that year, the group co-headlined a tour with Coldplay and won the "brightest hope" at the 2000 NME Brats.

They subsequently signed to the Blanco y Negro label, releasing two further singles, the second of which, "Fabricated Lunacy", reached number 62 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Debut album Learning to Let Go was released in March 2001.[1] Critical reaction was mixed, with Allmusic commenting on "Goodwin's grating, tune-seeking vocal grunts" and the band's "leg-splayed, Bush-styled grunge-metal hooks and glaringly obvious lyrical themes".[5] Yahoo Music described it as "underflavoured, bland stodge".[2] NME's April Long was more positive, giving it an 8 out of 10 rating and calling it "a vociferous statement of intent from a band dedicated to annihilating clichés".[3] Disappointing sales led to them being dropped in December of that year.[6] The band split up shortly afterwards.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Learning to Let Go (2001), Blanco y Negro

Singles, EPs[edit]

  • The Time is Now EP (1999), Rough Trade
  • "Cannibal Kids" (2000), Blanco y Negro
  • "Fabricated Lunacy" (2001), Blanco y Negro - UK #62

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 1024
  2. ^ a b Buscovic, Alix (2001) "Terris - 'Learning To Let Go'", Yahoo Music, retrieved 2010-10-18
  3. ^ a b Long, April (2001) "Terris : Learning To Let Go", NME, 15 March 2001, retrieved 2010-10-18
  4. ^ "TERRIS: THE TIME IS NOW!", NME, 14 January 2000, retrieved 2010-10-18
  5. ^ Carlson, Dean "Learning to Let Go Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-10-18
  6. ^ "TERRIS WILL GO BACK TO THEIR ROOTS", South Wales Argus, 28 December 2001, retrieved 2010-10-18
  7. ^ Southall, Nick (2003) "Terris - Learning To Let Go", Stylus Magazine, 1 September 2003, retrieved 2010-10-18

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