The Adults is the name Jon Toogood gave his project, initiated during downtime from the band (Shihad) he has fronted since 1988. Starting with a wishlist of some of his favourite New Zealand artists, he set out to write and record an album’s worth of collaborations.
The resulting body of work was released on 22 June 2011 through Warner Music NZ — The Adults includes contributions from Julia Deans (Fur Patrol), Shayne Carter (Dimmer, Straitjacket Fits), Ladi 6, Anika Moa, Tiki Taane, Ex-Shapeshifter Redford Grenell, Little Bushman’s Warren Maxwell, Ruban and Kody Neilson from the Mint Chicks, and more. The results are as diverse as the guest-list, swinging from moody soulful moments to sonic explosions, incorporating flavours of RnB, rock, and electronica. It may not sound much like Shihad, but Toogood says: “As a 39-year-old dude who has been involved in music all his life, it’s music that I would listen to.”
To take the show on the road, Toogood has enlisted two of his core collaborators, Shayne Carter and Julia Deans. As well as being great vocalists, all three are multi-instrumentalists, so there will be much swapping between guitars, keyboards and bass.
Individually, these are three of New Zealand’s most respected musicians. Collectively they are creating something powerful, passionate and unexpected.
On June 1st 2012, The Adults joined forces with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra at the CBS Canterbury Arena, for a one-night only concert performing their entire album, including their hits ‘Nothing to Lose’, ‘One Million Ways’ and ‘A Part of Me’. Each track was performed as new ensemble pieces, beautifully arranged by Hamish Oliver, Claire Cowan, Steve Bremner & Stephen Small and accompanied by a 48 piece orchestra under the guidance of internationally renowned conductor, Hamish McKeich.
The audio of this now legendary show is now available on The Adults + Live with the CSO. The 2-CD package includes the original album as well as an additional; bonus disc of 10 tracks recorded Live with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and mixed by Radio New Zealand producer, Andre Upston.
Watch the single from the album, ‘Anniversary Day (Live with the CSO)’ in the first video to your right.