8.3.12 - New Music - Shiny Toy Guns
Shiny Toy Guns are back with the lead single off their upcoming third album, tentatively titled ‘III’. Again with the clever album titles! I can’t believe everyone this year!
The electro/rock/dance outfit had a string of hits a number of years ago off their debut ‘We Are Pilots’, which itself had several incarnations, depending on what label they were on at the time. That album was one of my favorites, and it was so new and innovative for its time. STGs were a group I was so excited about, and they surely did it.
Since then, they haven’t had as much success, and they’ve had some internal issues, losing their female lead singer and replacing her with someone identical.
The last time we heard from them was 2009 when they released a remix album. So, there was a lot riding on this new music.
I’m not thrilled. I think parts of it are cool, and overall it isn’t a bad song, but I don’t know that this is what they needed to get everyone excited about a new record. There is no word yet as to when this album will be out, so I imagine they’ll have another single out before it appears on store shelves.
That whole “you left me here alone” blah blah has been done a million times, and they didn’t do it differently enough to separate themselves from all that noise. Go back and listen to their debut album (which I actually do fairly often) and you’ll see why I am kind of let down here.