Piggy’s Dead But Voi Vod Lives On!
This one goes to all my absent friends from the joyous Section 17, PJ and the Brickfields days of sharing a pack of 50 sen nasi lemak with three friends and tap water as dessert:
Voi Vod is alive and well! And wait for it!! With original bassist Blacky back in the fold too!
But hang on? Isn’t Piggy dead?
Well, the clip above is an amateur shot taken from Voi Vod’s well-received set at the Montreal’s Heavy MTL Festival on June 22nd this year. Away is still on drums, Snake on vocals, Blacky’s back on bass (after 17 years!!!) and Dan Mongrain from Quebec band Martyr, “a good friend of the band”, on guitar.
It’s been 5 years since the band played a show, and hardcore fans like me has been thinking Voi Vod is no more, especially when the hugely important part of the band, guitarist Piggy dead from colon cancer in 2005.
Judging from the clip tho’, the new guitarist is fitting Piggy’s shoes pretty well (apart from his kinda silly hair-twirling antics that is). That job’s not gonna be easy as Piggy was one of those weird, one-of-a-kind experimenter of string-wrangling. But Mongrain’s doing alright, even the guitar sound is the same old Die Kruezen-esque!
Voi Vod is playing with Testament & Forbidden (both veteran thrashers) in Japan soon. The dates, 20th & 21st September 2008; the venue here. Hopefully by that date, Mongrain would unlearn enough to throw away that bog-standard metal licks and go for the skronk like Piggy always did.
more videos & interviews at the fest: here
BTW, this time the band is revisiting songs from the first four albums (their best era) and here’s their version of Pink Floyd’s Astonomy Domine from the same show: