Band of the Week: Shiny Toy Guns

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Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif
Fun Fact: The group recorded an industrial cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Why They're Worth Watching: Through explosive live performances and the electro-dominatrix single, “Le Disko,” Shiny Toy Guns have made a solid argument for nominating themselves as the new collective face of dance-rock.
For Fans Of: The Rapture, The Bravery, Goldfrapp

The saying "everything old is new again" has never been more accurate when describing the ebb and flow of popular music. Music historians can’t help but notice a paradigm shift of homage that circulates approximately every twenty years.

has over 200,000 MySpace friends and sports celebrity fans such as Tommy Lee and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz.

“Shiny Toy Guns is the offspring of what happens when you combine everything that’s associated with a traditional rock band with binary code,” keyboardist Jeremy Dawson explains. This dynamic results from the individual voices of STG, including vocalist Carah Faye Charnow, vocalist/guitarist Chad Petree and drummer Mikey Martin. “When we started together putting out the final product, it was us having these two worlds that we wanted to blend,” Charnow adds.

The band's debut, We Are Pilotsby Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel is just as tangible. STG fought hard to retain this unique sound after their inception in 2002.

“We said ‘Screw this. If the record labels want this, they’ll come to us,’" Charnow recounts. "We were in a dirty, beat-up van with a rented trailer touring the U.S. over and over, creating our own foundation." The band took its DIY marketing approach to the web, completely bypassing press packets to utilize the then-obscure MySpace network, where STG’s hybrid sound met an enthusiastic audience in Generation Y. “These kids listen to everything from The Rapture to Ashlee Simpson," Dawson says. "We think the same.”

After touring through Europe, the band plans to return to the studio to keep its addictive hybrid of dance beats and distortion thriving. “We’ll always incorporate those two worlds," Charnow says. "We’re so busy conquering every market across the world, and that’s what we want to do.”

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