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First album rocks

May 29, 2007|by DARCY SHULL

Picture yourself with your favorite band playing at your birthday party. Now imagine that all you had to do was message them on their MySpace page, and they would come to your house to play for you, just because you said that their music was inspiring. Wouldn't that be awesome?

That's what happened to one fan of Shiny Toy Guns. According to a news story I heard, a girl said that she sent a message to the new band via MySpace, and the next day, they traveled across the country to play on her front porch at a party she was having. "Our fans are that important to us," said keyboardist/synthesist Jeremy Dawson.

Shiny Toy Guns is Dawson, lead singer Carah Faye Charnow, percussionist Mikey Martin and singer, guitarist and bassist Chad Petree. Their album, "We Are Pilots," is up-tempo techno-rock music, and it's exciting.

The two lead singers, one male and one female, enhance the sound. And their lyrics are auditory works of art. With hits such as "Le Disko," they are quickly becoming popular.

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I love all the songs on "We Are Pilots" except for "Jackie Will Save Me" - it sounds a little too odd. I also recommend "You Are The One," "Starts With One" and "Don't Cry Out."

Shiny Toy Guns was originally formed in Los Angeles by Dawson and Petree in 2002. They were longtime friends who had worked together previously in a band called Slyder. Martin and Charnow joined the group in 2004, the same year they recorded "We Are Pilots." In 2006, they were signed by Universal Records and the CD was released.

Although "We Are Pilots" is charming, there is one catch. The disc itself doesn't include a lyrics booklet. So if you want to read the lyrics, you'll have to find them on the Internet at www.shinytoyguns.com.

On the whole, however, I was very pleased with "We Are Pilots." I would absolutely recommend the album to anyone who likes pop-rock music.

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