Infobox Musical artist
Name = Shihad

Img_capt = Shihad live in concert
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Origin = Wellington, New Zealand
Genre = Rock Industrial rock Alternative metal
Years_active = 1988–present
Label = Warner Music Group
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URL = [ Official website]
Current_members = Jon Toogood Phil Knight Karl Kippenberger Tom Larkin
Past_members = Hamish Laing Geoff Duncan Nathan

Shihad is an alternative rock band with elements of industrial rock, from Wellington, New Zealand. Formed in 1988 by vocalist Jon Toogood and drummer Tom Larkin, who were still in school at the time. In 1999 the band relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where all four members currently reside. The band has produced three #1 studio albums and four top 10 singles in their home country of New Zealand.


Shihad was formed by vocalist Jon Toogood and drummer Tom Larkin whilst still in school, in 1988.

Shihad supported "Love Is the New Hate" initially with dates in New Zealand, including the massive launch concert in Auckland's Aotea Square, to celebrate the start of NZ Music Month, and an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand, including a spot on the main stage at Splendour In The Grass in front of an estimated 20,000 people. In August and September 2005, Shihad performed a seventeen date co-headlining tour of Australia with Australian band Cog, dubbed "The Homeland Security Tour".

Shihad were on a New Zealand tour with the The Datsuns during the Christmas/New Year period 2006/07.

Shihad supported Evanescence in part of their 2006/2007 world tour.

Shihad's latest album, "Beautiful Machine", was released on 21 April 2008 to good reviews and sales. In New Zealand the album went gold on its first day of release and debuted at number one on the charts. The material on the album is a lot more mellow than that of their previous album "Love Is the New Hate".

The band embarked in February and March 2008 on a headlining national tour entitled 'One Will Hear The Tour' playing for 300-400 capacity crowds along the East coast. They band played 28 dates in 6 weeks.

Shihad played at Big Day Out 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand on the blue stage with an hour slot from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. They also headlined the rock stage of Vodafone Homegrown on April 26 at the Wellington waterfront.

In the second half of 2008, Shihad are touring New Zealand on the "Beautiful Machine Tour", playing medium-size venues such as the Wellington Town Hall, with support from The Mint Chicks and Luger Boa. Shihad are also touring with Gyroscope around Australia for Gyroscope's "Australia Tour".

Naming conflict

The name "Shihad" was chosen after members of the band heard the Fremen name for the Sandworms in the 1984 David Lynch film, "Dune".Fact|date=November 2007 Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the band decided to change their name due to the similarity between the band's name Shihad and the Arabic word "jihad". At the 2002 Big Day Out music festival in Auckland, New Zealand they released t-shirts with 'Shihad' on them, and 'Remote' below, indicating that 'Remote' was to be the new name. However, due to this name being taken already, they settled on "Pacifier", which was a successful single from their album "The General Electric". They released an album, Pacifier, under this name in 2002.

On 17 September 2004, the band announced to the world that they would change their name back to Shihad. To quote the band, "The events surrounding the name change and our choice to be known as Pacifier are well documented. As much as we believed in what we were doing, and the reasons for doing it at the time – the truth is we were wrong." On an appearance on the ABC TV show Spicks and Specks, Jon Toogood talked about how band members don't usually have to consider holy war when thinking of a band name.

In an interview, [,2106,3264255a4500,00.html] Jon Toogood spoke about an event that contributed to their decision:cquote|We were in America while it invaded Iraq and had to play at festivals that were supposedly 'support the troops festivals' when we didn't believe in the war at all. That's what the song "All the Young Fascists" is about – the day we played Miami in front of 30,000 kids at this festival that was originally just a rock festival. A week out, just because of the timing, it was turned into the support the troops show and it was being simulcast live to Iraq. We were on this bill with these really ugly – what we call WWF – metal bands, and we were shitting ourselves.

I just wanted to get out of there. Beside the stage was a paintball gun alley where kids were lining up to shoot effigies of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and (French president) Jacques Chirac. That was the weirdest one. The amount of times I actually pointed out to Americans the fact that their Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French and they were supposed to be mates.

The band name "Pacifier" was immediately raffled on the Australian radio station Triple J by Jay and the Doctor and was claimed by a little known band from Tasmania, Theory of Everything.

Music style

Shihad's music has always been rooted in metal. The album "Churn" has a pronounced industrial influence, though "Killjoy" is considered their heaviest release, with heavy distorted riffs. The self-titled "Shihad" (a.k.a. the Fish Album) has a softer sound, which is largely made up of post-grunge and stadium rock riffs, while "The General Electric" incorporates a lot of electronics. "Pacifier" can easily be considered post-grunge, but "Love is the New Hate" is a shift to more alternative and punk rock. Their new album, "Beautiful Machine", is their softest and most melodic release yet, even more so than "Shihad".

Band members


*Jon Toogood – vocals, guitars
*Phil Knight – guitars, backing vocals
*Karl Kippenberger – bass guitars, backing vocals
*Tom Larkin – drums, backing vocals, samplers


*Hamish Laing – bass (left 1991)
*Geoff Duncan – bass (left 1989)
*Nathan – bass (left 1989)




External links

* [ - the official website before and after they were Pacifier]
* [ Wildside Records Shihad Page]
* [ "Shihad Wiki"]

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