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Los Angeles, California, United States (2002 – present)

Shiny Toy Guns is an / band which formed in 2002 in Los Angeles, California, United States. The band consists of Carah Faye Charnow (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Dawson (synth, bass) and Mikey Martin (drums).

Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson grew up in Oklahoma and were involved in previous music projects together, including the soundtrack for the videogame Grand Theft Auto III in 2000 and Cloud2ground. After relocating to Los Angeles, California in 2004, the two recruited vocalist Carah Faye Charnow and drummer Mikey Martin.

Their debut album, We Are Pilots was originally released in January 2005, though versions of the album featuring different cover art and tracklisting would be released later the following year. Three singles were issued: “Le Disko”, “You Are the One” and “Rainy Monday”. We Are Pilots received a Grammy Award nomination on 6 December 2007 in the category of Best Electronic/Dance Album, but lost to The Chemical Brothers.

The band’s second studio album, Season of Poison, was released on 4th November 2008, with Sisely Treasure as vocalist. They have released two singles from their second album: “Ghost Town” and “Ricochet!”.

In 2009, Shiny Toy Guns released “Major Tom”, a Peter Schilling cover.

In 2011, Carah Faye Charnow returned to Shiny Toy Guns. In addition, Daniel Johansson also joined the band on guitar, synth and bass. In March 2011, the band released a new single “The Sun”, available to download for free.

In May 2012 the band announced that Daniel Johansson left the band.

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  • asdfghjklamy


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  • night-songs

    we are pilots is and will always be the best <3

    12 Apr 10:59pm Reply
  • jmeyerhead

    FIFA soundtrack

    8 Mar 7:46am Reply
  • mikenike925

    no! new direction is better! vvv

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Andrew_Klinov

    столько беспонтовых комментариев, буэ

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • pocketcookies

    I miss the We Are Pilots days of Shiny Toy Guns (and it appears that I'm not alone). I stumbled upon "Next to You" by Oh, Be Clever recently and it reminds me a lot of the We Are Pilots sound so I thought I'd share it:

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    still in love with this band. <3 [2]

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • forget-my-name

    III <3

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • gabrielbartz_

    Wow, I was thinking exactly what you guys said above. But only that I'm one of those people who stopped to listen to them after Carah's leaving, and now I feel that her comeback was in such a bad timing since I was used to the idea of a full Versant record.

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • thebleachworks

    Season of Poison really killed there viability. It wasn't a bad album but now they have no momentum. III had no chance. [2]

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • belphegoria

    I think all of their albums are phenomenal.

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • breadysoul

    Unfortunately, I have to agree. There was also too much time, I think, between Season of Poison and III. For a band that has had mainstream recognition, in particular, that's a bad thing that will make more casual listeners forget about their existence. Actually, since Season of Poison didn't garner them much attention overall, it might as well be too much time between We Are Pilots and III.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BruDamien

    "We are pilots is awesome, but why did everybody stop listening to their new music ? :\" Because, as Jcool0 said, Season of Poison killed them. Don't get me wrong, I like that album, but it placed STG among other generic rock bands. They had something really special with We Are Pilots, but now the moment is over. Only the fans remain :/

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    Damn, Jcool0, way to buzzkill. I hope you're wrong (as I imagine you do). Too much good stuff going on here for this to be all.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Jcool0

    Season of Poison really killed there viability. It wasn't a bad album but now they have no momentum. III had no chance.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • enyenya

    still in love with this band. <3

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • elvenhome

    III is my favourite album. :)

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • silenceawake

    Good question. The quality of their material hasn't really declined. III has everything people liked about We Are Pilots and more. People are just fickle, I guess.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ZeyadZoz

    We are pilots is awesome, but why did everybody stop listening to their new music ? :\

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
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