Shihad go back to rock basics

MICHELLE DUFF
Last updated 12:39 09/08/2014
Stuff.co.nz

Shihad members Jon Toogood and Karl Kippenberger talk to Stuff.co.nz about their latest album FVEY.

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Two decades after their first studio album, Shihad are back to rock basics - saying their latest release is the heaviest in years.

FVEY was recorded in the same studio, with the same producer (Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman) as their first studio album 22 years ago. It's the tenth record the band has released since they first came on to the scene with Churn in 1993.

"I don't know whether it's that that made it our best record we've made in ages, but it is," frontman Jon Toogood says.

The band had been touring with Black Sabbath, which had turned them back towards their rockier roots. 

"Black Sabbath made us go oh, right, heavy's good, heavy's good. We were playing a set that was predominantly our first two albums because of the crowd and because that's where our heads were at after the greatest hits album, they were always the songs we enjoyed the most playing.

"It's obviously going to be different because it's 20 years later and we've got different life experiences and we're listening to different music and stuff s like that, but this is our version of a heavy record."

Bassist Karl Kippenburger says the band aren't living in each other's pockets like they used to, which has been healthier for them and the music.

"I think in our earlier days that was probably what the slow self-destructive fuse was, that we were constantly kept in a bus or a room together, in close quarters all the time."

The band would play the country's first pay-per-view show at Christchurch's CBS Arena on September 12, with all earnings going to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Fund.

Viewers can pay $20 to watch the show live on the Sky Arena channel, or wait till Shihad tour here - which could be the end of the year.

"Of course we've got the album out there so we want to get out and start touring it, but for New Zealand we were sort of thinking summer," Kippenberger says.

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