Shiny Toy Guns Biography

This indie/electro band was formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in December 2002. Founding members Chad Petree (Gregori Chad Petree, 8 October 1979, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; vocals/guitar) and Jeremy Dawson (b. 19 May 1976, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; bass/keyboards) had previously worked together on underground dance projects. They recruited Carah Faye Charnow (b. London, England; vocals) and Mikey Martin (drums) to complete the line-up of their new project, which was focused on using the synthesizer as the lead instrument, similar to other bands from the mid-00s such as the Killers and the Bravery. This new wave use of synthesizers and the boy/girl vocals was reminiscent of static 80s bands such as the Human League. The band developed a fanbase from playing local shows and by gaining a large MySpace following. In 2005 they independently released their debut, We Are Pilots, which they then re-recorded and re-released later in the year. After extensive touring Shiny Toy Guns eventually signed to Universal Records with a third version of the album being released in October 2006. The set featured several strong electronic pop songs including the melancholy ‘Don’t Cry Out’ and the sexy ‘Le Disko’. There was some controversy directed towards singer Charnow when rumour spread that she had sung the vocals for Paris Hilton on her debut album. Charnow denied this, but admitted she had worked on a dummy vocal track. The band had airplay and minor chart success with the epic single ‘You Are The One’, which was featured on the soundtrack for the popular video game FIFA 2007. Charnow left the band in 2008 to form her own band in Sweden; she was replaced by the somewhat raspier voice of Sisely Treasure, former finalist on a Pussycat Dolls reality show. In early 2009, their cover of Peter Schilling's 1983 hit "Major Tom (Coming Home)" for a car commercial made a sensation.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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