Thursday, September 11, 2014


Shiny Toy Guns' Chad Petree and Carah Faye Charnow

Fans at the packed Echoplex on Sunday left sweaty and exhausted after Shiny Toy Guns played for over an hour and fifteen minutes for their hometown crowd.  It began earlier in the day when their loyal following began lining up hours before the doors opened, a line that eventually stretched around the corner by the time doors opened well past 8pm.  That's quite an accomplishment for a band whose last album was released two years ago.  But if that seemed so long ago, it seemed like their fans didn't care.  

Carah Faye Charnow of Shiny Toy Guns
All that really mattered this night was the music which Shiny Toy Guns gladly offered up to the hungry crowd.  They stormed out of the gates kicking fast and heavy with dance-heavy beats like "Speaking Japanese," "Ricochet" and their one of their most famous hit singles "Le Disko."  

And with their onslaught of roaring guitars, driving drums and pulsating synths in songs like "Ghost Town," "Carrie" and "Starts with One" the night  saw singer Carah Fay Charnow and Chad Petree sharing vocal duties and peppering their set with covers like with Depeche Mode's "Stripped" and "Major Tom" by Peter Schilling.

But some of the highlights of the night was when the group slowed down, flaunting their softer, melodic side with rock ballads like "If I Lost You," "Don't Cry Out" and "Fading Listening" that showcased Petree's crooner vocals.   

Also led by the sparkplug of a front-woman Charnow, Shiny Toy Guns performed nearly 20 songs old and new from their 2006 breakthrough, Grammy-nomited debut album We Are Pilots, 2008's Season of Change to their most recent /// which was released in 2012.

Chad Petree of Shiny Toy Guns
Chad Petree of Shiny Toy Guns performs at Echoplex
photos by picksysticks
After touring for over a year, most recently with Paramore on their "Parahoy!" four-day cruise which also featured Tegan and Sara and New Found Glory, Charnow mentioned to the crowd that she was glad to be home.  "I love playing Los Angeles. It's home," she said. "It's very dear to me. This is my home."  

After over an hour playing, they returned to the stage for a three song encore and finished off the night with "Rainy Monday" and "You Are The One."