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539 Killjoy by Shihad


Noise / Wildside Records
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Malcolm Welsford

What happens when you mix Helmet's down-tuned riffs and The Cure's slinky rhythms? The 1995 sophomore album Killjoy by Shihad is the answer.

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On their 1995 sophomore album Killjoy, New Zealand's Shihad might fool you with their opening Helmet-like salvo of "You Again" and "Gimme Gimme," two tracks of chugging down-tuned riffage with bass and kick locked-in. But this is not a Helmet clone, or a clone of any American post-punk band you might conjure, as the band shows off a variety of stylistic and rhythmic approaches that recall late 80s albums by The Cure. Somehow this band managed to slip under our radar in the mid-nineties, which is surprising considering the comparisons to bands such as Barkmarket and Jawbox.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - You Again
  • 19:22 - Deb's Night Out
  • 26:55 - The Call
  • 34:34 - Bitter
  • 41:49 - Silvercup
  • Outro - Gimme Gimme

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