May 23, 2011
Shiny Toy Guns

Electro-rockers Shiny Toy Guns made their way into our hearts in 2006 with debut single Le Disko, and have been churning out hits ever since. Singer/guitarist Chad Petree talked with LessThan3 about the direction of STG’s sound in their soon-to-be released third album III.

Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko (Boys Noize Remix) [Ultra]
LessThan3: You’ve had your tracks remixed by everybody from Ferry Corsten to Starkillers. What is your favorite genre to see your tunes adapted to? Is there any one remix that stands above the rest?
Chad: We don’t prefer a specific remix-esque genre. We love remixes that are intelligent and creative and really fun sounding. Stand-out remix is probably a tie between the Boys Noize remix of Le Disko and the Nadastrom remix of Ricochet.
LessThan3: If you could work with any DJ/producer who would it be and why?
Chad: Probably Axwell. He has incredible sound separation and equalization dynamics that make his songs breathtaking to listen to. We also like Grum for a more chilled out vibe.
LessThan3: We recently read you are going to start recording with Carah Faye again. Is Sisely still an active member?
Chad: Sisely is not in Shiny Toy Guns but is still an active artist and friend and she is working hard on her solo stuff.
LessThan3: If you could choose to live in another time period what would it be and what music would you make?
Chad: Mid to late 1940s. And would probably be a tail gunner on a B-17 fortress crew or something like that. The music of the ’40s is so pleasant to listen to for some reason. It required perfect performances and pitches of all of the vocalists on one-cut recording environments with no technology to hide behind. It’s mind-boggling how talented you had to be to just simply compete with the other artists around you back then.
LessThan3: Would you say that you guys align yourselves more with the electronic music community or the rock world?
Chad: First and foremost we are songwriters and I would say currently we are leaning toward electronic.
LessThan3: Any up-and-coming indie acts we should keep a watch for?
Chad: DonkeyBoy, Mackintosh Braun, Deluka, The Naked & Famous, Tune-Yard, and Yelawolf.
LessThan3: Do you foresee any new subgenres emerging out of the “indie electronica” category in 2011?
Chad: Quite possibly, but I don’t know if anything is going to really super-stick into a new group. Would love to see it happen though; it’s such a rush when an artist begins to pave forward.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Chad: No let-go.
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