VETERAN NEW Zealand rockers Shihad have debuted three new songs during a one-off Easter show in Melbourne.
On Good Friday Eve at St Kilda’s Esplanade Hotel, the Jon Toogood-fronted band gave the Gershwin Room crowd a sneak preview of cuts from an as-yet-untitled platter, to be released in August.
The songs were “Grey Area”, “The Living Dead” and “Five Eyes” and could be best be described as thrashy with industrial leanings.
On the evidence of these songs, the new album – which will be produced by Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman, who is working with the band for the first time in 21 years – will be heavy and steer away from the foursome’s more commercial material.
At the conclusion of “Grey Area”, Toogood said: “That was for (Australian and New Zealand prime ministers) Tony Abbott and John Key, who can get fucked”.
Toogood also asked for 20 seconds silence for ailing AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young and became annoyed when some audience members failed to comply.
“Without Malcolm Young, there would be no Shihad,” he said.
– STEVE MASCORD