Kiwi favourites go heavy on FVEY tour
SHIHAD'S success in their home country over the past quarter of a century has elevated them to Hall of Fame status.
Here on the other side of the Tasman, where the band has based itself for much of its time, the reception hasn't been far behind.
Just like Split Enz or Dragon, we love adopting a good Kiwi band in Australia, and it appears Shihad has joined that elite club.
In great news for Ipswich music fans, the Wellington four-piece has included the Racehorse Hotel on its latest tour, which will promote their ninth album, FVEY.
FVEY was produced by Killing Joke legend Jaz Coleman and the first single, You Think You're So Free, seems to indicate a progression to an even heavier sound than most fans would be accustomed to.
That sound has been heard loud and clear on either side of the pond, with FVEY making the ARIA top-ten album chart and reaching number 1 in NZ.
Some are calling it the finest album that Shihad has produced in more than a decade.
Few are more excited to be part of the Racehorse gig than support band Street Pieces' lead singer Ben Tilney.
The Brisbane band formed only two years ago after meeting at university.
Since then they've played across the country, but an up-coming series of shows playing the warm-up lap for Shihad represents their biggest exposure yet.
"We were just lucky enough to be working with an agent who lined it all up," Tilney said.
"I have been a fan of Shihad over the years but I especially love the new song and the filmclip.
"They are one of those bands that has made its mark. They are legends in their own right and you can learn a lot about longevity from a band like that."
Tilney is joined on stage by guitarist Alex Miller, bassist Justin Alley and drummer Marcus McLachlan.
Fellow Brisbane band, Guards of May, will also support Shihad at this Sunday's show.
Doors open 8pm.
Tickets through Moshtix or at the venue.