Terris (band)

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Origin Newport, Wales
Genres Alternative rock, post-Britpop, neo-psychedelia
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".


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.

Journalist Ted Kessler wrote of the band, “Only one band want to make records that blow holes through the limits of what we currently meekly accept as sonically reasonable in the field of rock. Only one band can. And that’s Terris.”[5]

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".[6] 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.[7] The band split up shortly afterwards.[8]



  • 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


  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. ^ Ted Kessler, NME, 15th January 2000
  6. ^ Carlson, Dean "Learning to Let Go Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-10-18
  7. ^ "TERRIS WILL GO BACK TO THEIR ROOTS", South Wales Argus, 28 December 2001, retrieved 2010-10-18
  8. ^ Southall, Nick (2003) "Terris - Learning To Let Go", Stylus Magazine, 1 September 2003, retrieved 2010-10-18

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