Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Shiny Toy Guns 

The video for "Le Disko" is a goth-industrial creepshow, but don't let that fool you -- Shiny Toy Guns are as playful as their name. "Don't Cry Out," the opening cut on We Are Pilots, is pure Pet Shop Boys disco-revival bliss, except that half the vocals are by sexy/smirky Carah Faye (remember, "dorks + mouthy babe = $ucce$$ " since Blondie, if not earlier). Co-vocalist Chad Petree gets overly earnest and kinda lame on such tracks as "Starts With One" and "Rainy Monday," the latter of which has way too much acoustic guitar for its own good. He seems to wish he was in Angels & Airwaves or something. But for the most part, these Angelenos alternate between cybernetic trippiness and new wave/Europop pastiche -- or both, as on their cover of Taco's version of "Puttin' on the Ritz."

Furthermore, the crunchy noises and atmospheric hisses can't hide the sugary center. And they could probably do an even better disco cover of "Boys Don't Cry" than Mexican electroids Belanova. If you've ever heard Belanova's version -- which sounds like a nine-year-old girl skipping around her bedroom, singing along to the radio without understanding the lyrics -- you know that's saying something.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Show Preview

Latest in Livewire

More by Phil Freeman

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Clayton English @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Windborne's the Music of Queen @ State Theatre

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Cleveland Pops: All That Jazz @ Severance Music Center

    • Sat., Jan. 22

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation