Aidin Vaziri | Things were going well for Shiny Toy Guns – the Los Angeles electro-pop group that scored a hit with the cell-phone jingle “Le Disko” two years ago and earned a Grammy nomination for its first album, “We Are Pilots” – until earlier this year, when singer Carah Faye Charnow decided to take off running, Forrest Gump-style. Undeterred, the group simply recruited old friend Sisely Treasure, who happened to be a finalist on the Pussycat Dolls reality show, to fill the spot and recorded a cacophonous new album, “Season of Poison,” that has fans and critics divided. Shiny Toy Guns performs Wednesday at Popscene’s Disco 2009 New Year’s Eve party at the Rickshaw Stop. We asked the group’s co-founder and keyboardist, Jeremy Dawson, to clear the smoke.
Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns
Q: A lot of people have trashed “Season of Poison.” Do you care?
A: Coldplay. The “X&Y” record? It got riddled. The New York Times gave it one star. They went on to sell, what, 6 million copies and had five singles from it? I’m not worried about that at all. I’m not saying I have this amazing record that’s better than anyone else’s. What I’m saying is most of the reviews we’ve gotten are from fans and press people who enjoyed the previous record. Some I’m getting are comparative reviews and not actual reviews. Everything starts out like, “Compared to their first album, this album doesn’t have this and this.” I know you’re not supposed to read your own press, but from what I’ve been reading I’m getting a load of that. Like, “Leaving their trademark dance sound that made them who they are, they are now sounding like this.” That’s not where our brains went. Continue reading.