Image for Shihad – Annandale Hotel, 18/09/09

Shihad – Annandale Hotel, 18/09/09

Written by Shane Arnold on September 21, 2009

Photography by Rae Boyd. Find the full set on Flickr here.

For some reason, you simply can’t go wrong at the Annandale Hotel. Every gig is good, the staff are great and it always sounds bloody awesome. Now, add the might of our New Zealand neighbours Shihad to the mix, and you’re left with one of the greatest rock shows of the year.

Does that sound slightly overzealous? Too bad. This was in-your-face hard rock, performed by some of the best in the business. Singer/guitarist Jon Toogood is still one of the skinniest men in rock, on his frequent trips playing atop the bar he was never a chance of doing any damage as he thrashed and screamed his way through a single-heavy setlist. And with Karl Kippenberger (bass), Phil Knight (guitar) and Tom Larkin (drums) all bang on target (and providing backing vocals), they simply did not put a foot wrong.

Shihad came out screaming with first song My Mind’s Sedate, and it set the tone for the entire night – this was rock, underlined, in bold and massive font. Launching into Semi-Normal, they showed why they are one of the three best things to come out of New Zealand in the last twenty years (the other two are the Finn lads, and those little Lord Of The Rings films). The awe-inspiring might of their anthem The General Electric had the crowd going rightly berserk, along with the likes of the heavy metal blast of Day Will Come, Empty Shell and Comfort Me. Meanwhile the slick rock of Just A Shadow somehow turned things up a notch, what bliss this was! One of their biggest singles, Pacifier had one of the biggest crowd responses, with a huge bout of arm waving and sing-along’s.

To close the main set, Shihad pulled out a new song– a rather rocking Sleepeater. Fingers crossed the new album is an improvement on their previous effort, the middle-of-the-road Beautiful Machine. After a short break, the encore featured the melodic power ballad Saddest Song In The World, followed by the suitably galloping hard rock of Run. Wow, what a show – we can only hope they’ll be back soon, once they finish their album. Big Day Out perhaps? Yes please.

Rae Boyd

Join Music Feeds on Facebook

More On Music Feeds

News

Wu Tang Clan’s GZA Is Collaborating With ‘Blade Runner’ Composer Vangelis on New Album

In news that will leave hip hop and ambient music fans either quivering in excitement or scratching their heads in confusion, Wu Tang Clan member GZA has just posted photos showing him in the studio with legendary film composer Vangelis, the Academy Award winner behind the soundtrack to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

News

Ozzy Osbourne Working on “Really Special” New Album

Epic Records exec Sylvia Rhone has confirmed that Ozzy Osbourne is working on a “really special” new album, following the aging rocker’s solo performance at Epic Fest over the weekend.

News

James Hetfield & M. Shadows Auditioning To Play COD Zombies Is The Best Thing You’ll See Today

James Hetfield is creeping death in the new charity promo for Call Of Duty: Black Ops III.

News

At First Sight Returns In 2015, First Line-Up Announced

At First Sight returns to Sydney’s Carriageworks this month for a day of pop up record stalls, live music and more.

News

Gotye Working On New Album, Dedicated To Electronic Music Pioneers

Gotye is reportedly hard at work a new album, the follow up to 2011 hugely successful Making Mirrors, said to be taking shape as a concept album dedicated to electronic music pioneers.

News

World’s End Press Announce National ‘Tall Stories’ EP Tour

World’s End Press have followed up last week’s news of their new single and EP, both titled Tall Stories, announcing a tour in support of the EP, unsurprisingly named the Tall Stories EP Tour, kicking off in early October.

Around the web

This May Also Interest You