Date(s) - 06/09/2014
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Backstage Bar & Billiards
Smash Magazine presents alternative rock group Shiny Toy Guns on Saturday, September 6 at Backstage Bar & Billiards (601 E. Fremont. St. Las Vegas). Opening acts will be announced at a later date.
Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show, plus any service charges. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 25 at noon and can be purchased online at www.smashmagazine.com or www.ticketfly.com. The show is 21+ with valid ID.
Shiny Toy Guns
The road that led Shiny Toy Guns into the abyss — and now, triumphantly, back from it — was fraught with peril, full of steep grades, twists, potholes, detours and dead ends. That the Los Angeles-based quartet has emerged firing on all cylinders is testimony not only to its members’ artistic vision but to their personal renaissance. III the new album that reunites the original four members whose pioneering synth-pop and DIY ethic made Shiny Toy Guns worldwide sensations so many miles ago, is symbolic of that journey. On III, their first album in almost four years, the band refines its signature electronic sound with a collection of exuberant, intensely personal songs about life, love, loss and redemption.
Shiny Toy Guns consists of Carah Faye (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Dawson (synth, bass) and Mikey Martin (drums). Shiny Toy Guns self-released We Are Pilots in 2005, selling thousands of copies out of their van. Picked up by Universal, the album was nationally released in 2006 due to the hit “Le Disko” and subsequently nominated for a Grammy award. As the years of touring took a substantial toll on the quartet, Faye retreated to Sweden where she started over with a new musical project, Versant, and experienced the life songwriters often use as inspiration. The sophomore album from Shiny Toy Guns, Season of Poison, was released in 2008 without Faye and made with Sisely Treasure contributing female vocals. A less electronic affair, Season of Poison expanded the band’s artistic palette and fan base, with two Top 20 rock radio singles in “Ricochet!” and “Ghost Town,” as well as a staggering number of placements in film, television, commercials and video games. One of those, their version of the ’80s classic “Major Tom (Coming Home),” was ranked by Adweek.com as the No. 1 song in a commercial, for the Lincoln MKZ, in 2009 and went on to sell 600,000 units digitally.
Now with songwriting and studio work under her belt, Faye decided to rejoin Shiny Toy Guns and was quickly welcomed into the band’s creative circle for III. Producers Dawson and Petree later teamed up with the legendary mixer Tony Maserati to finalize and sharpen the new 2012 sound of the band, and the dynamic range and reach of their new album reflects maturity and youthfulness at the same time and, in a way, a direct representation of all of the band members’ personalities.
Shiny Toy Guns have enjoyed commercial success with their version of “Burning For You” featured in another long-running campaign for the Lincoln MKS. Shiny Toy Guns’ musical fingerprints can be found on songs in films (“The Smurfs,” “Wall Street 2”), on networks (HBO, NBC), in television shows (“Dancing With the Stars,” “The L Word,” “Gossip Girl,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Smallville,” “Ugly Betty”), in video games (Rock Band 3, Grand Theft Auto 3 & 4, Guitar Hero 5, Fifa Soccer 2007, Tony Hawk Pro Skater) and in products (Motorola, Nokia, Apple, Honda, Ford, Burton, Vestal, Volcom). For additional information, please visit www.shinytoyguns.com.