We Are Pilots

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
With the rise of groups like the Killers and Franz Ferdinand came a new appreciation for finely tuned electro-tinged rock or pop. Shiny Toy Guns make no bones about sounding retro, but they do it so well it's quite shocking. The lead-off number, "You Are the One," shines thanks to some crisp arrangements that sounds like a blending of the Killers and Talk Talk. The dual vocals of Chad Petre and Carah Faye certainly don't hurt, either. From there, the band opts for a leaner, disco-era electro-pop feel on the aptly titled "Le Disko" that sounds like an improvement on a Peaches effort. The band is quite adept at delivering these songs with a freshness and verve, as is the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
With the rise of groups like the Killers and Franz Ferdinand came a new appreciation for finely tuned electro-tinged rock or pop. Shiny Toy Guns make no bones about sounding retro, but they do it so well it's quite shocking. The lead-off number, "You Are the One," shines thanks to some crisp arrangements that sounds like a blending of the Killers and Talk Talk. The dual vocals of Chad Petre and Carah Faye certainly don't hurt, either. From there, the band opts for a leaner, disco-era electro-pop feel on the aptly titled "Le Disko" that sounds like an improvement on a Peaches effort. The band is quite adept at delivering these songs with a freshness and verve, as is the case with the Nine Inch Nails-meets-Depeche Mode groove oozing out of the slow-building "Starts with One." When the group slows things down as they do during the tender and sweet "When They Came for Us," it's definitely anything but fluff or padding. The first highlight is "Don't Cry Out," which is fantastic, a perfect blend of New Order while Carah Faye sounds eerily similar to Neko Case fronting the New Pornographers. It's this ebb and flow which characterizes much of the album, with the equally fine "Chemistry of a Car Crash" taking on theatrical lengths along the lines of My Chemical Romance or Angels and Airwaves. The album rarely falters, with pretty sonic pictures like "Rainy Monday" sugary sweet and worthy of cranking on a summer drive. The lone dance-ish track is "Jackie Will Save Me" that doesn't quite live up to expectations. The title track closes things out with a slow but steady tempo. Overall, We Are Pilots is a very refreshing album that takes makes "retro" sound like a good thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602517072046
  • Catalog Number: 000761502
  • Sales rank: 42,253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Are the One (4:30)
  2. 2 Le Disko (3:23)
  3. 3 Starts With One (3:45)
  4. 4 When They Came for Us (4:24)
  5. 5 Don't Cry Out (4:10)
  6. 6 Chemistry of a Car Crash (3:51)
  7. 7 Waiting (4:21)
  8. 8 Rainy Monday (3:59)
  9. 9 Jackie Will Save Me (3:59)
  10. 10 Shaken (3:43)
  11. 11 We Are Pilots (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shiny Toy Guns Primary Artist
Jeremy Dawson Synthesizer, Group Member
Carah Faye Vocals, Group Member
Stephen Petree Background Vocals
Chad Petree Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
William Booth Contributor
Bruce Carbone Contributor
Sylvia Rhone Contributor
Jim Welch Contributor
Steve McClintock Contributor
Peter Nash Contributor
Sal Guastella Contributor
Mel Lewinter Contributor
Jeremy Dawson Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Tim James Contributor
Justin Kelly Contributor
Jill Capone Contributor
Billy Zarro Contributor
Stephen Petree Composer
Chad Petree Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jesse Nivens Contributor
Dustin Skiles Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An amazing cd...

    I first heard of this band from an ex around 4 years ago, when I was just a wee boy of about 15. I never really got into them too much, but then again, the only song they had out was "When they came for us". A few months later we were hanging out and I heard "Don't cry out". From that moment on I was in love with this band. They were the first concert I ever attended, and have been one of the best I've seen, along with Mindless Self Indulgence. The CD is currently on it's third re-issue, and they receive major air time with all of their songs. They all blend and mold well into each other, it is the kind of cd you can listen to from stop to finish and not even realize where the time went. Some of the songs make you want to jump around and dance, other songs make you want to lay down and think, but overall, there is not one song on this cd that I don't enjoy, and I definitely would recommend it to anyone who likes dance music, or alt rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great fun

    Retro, cool, upbeat and soulfully beautiful. This is probably my favorite album of the year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    i love! the album! every song is so refreshing and fun!! i would recommend it to ANYONE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dont Buy It

    The bany Shiny Toy Guns should be deported to antarctica where they can play their music and not bother anyone with their incessant raquet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT Album

    I totally disagree with the other review, Shiny Toy Guns have a great album here....each song is a hit, even the covers. If you like The Sounds, you'll like STG. This is the type of music that is going to replace bubble gum pop and become BIG.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A surprise

    With their debut CD, the Shiny Toy Guns show they have more than just a retro dance band. Going into this album, I had only heard "Le Disko" and expected a fun, dance album, if not a great musical album. I was shocked when I began to listen to the CD. With a stunning opener of "You Are the One" to the quiet closer "We Are Pilots," you'll find yourself enraptured by their unique, techno style. Two standouts are "When They Came for Us," with its tender style, and "Chemistry of a Car Crash," which is just old-fashioned goodness. The double-vocals of Carah Faye and Jeremy Dawson are a perfect match. However, while I felt that Dawson was the better singer, I somehow felt Faye was underused. People who get this will definately like the breath of fresh air that comes with this CDs originality. So if you want some retro original music, pick up this CD, and there is no way you'll be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nice

    If you're into retro synth music, this is really good, especially from such a young band.

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