Upon hearing “Le Disko” and falling for a new synth band, I was excited about Shiny Toy Guns. Their album We Are Pilots got great exposure here in the States, after their third and final version was released.
So, just a week or two ago when I heard they had a new single “Ricochet” and a new album coming out in November, my excitement returned. Then, I also heard they had a new female lead singer. What?!
Previously, Carah Faye Charnow was the woman singing about riding racecars. Now, they’ve got another lady, Sisley Treasure. Now, I have to admit, I am just not as excited. After the prominence of her voice and the overall “sound” in their previous hits (esp. “Le Disko”), it’s going to take some gettin’ used to. “Ricochet” didn’t get me energized or feeling any of those good vibes. Maybe it’ll grow on me, maybe I’ll end up liking it, but right now…not so much. I think Treasure might have a tough road ahead, though. Tons of fans are just not happy**. Not to mention the fact that Treasure appeared on “The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll,” which is in a bit of a different direction than whatever Shiny Toy Guns is doing/going for.
Especially when I read this on ReadJunk.com:
“…we moved forward with our initial choice for co-lead singer of the band in 2002, longtime friend SISELY TREASURE. At that time she was still locked into her Dreamworks Records deal with her former project COOLER KIDS and we were not able to bring her in. So we have returned to the exact original idea and lineup that SHINY TOY GUNS was meant to be.”
Um, what? So, I’m sure none of the money you made and the exposure you’ve gotten has anything to do with Carah, right? Everything is going to be fine and dandy now that you have your Number 1 choice back. Or you could lose over half your fan base. But, at least you’re now what “was meant to be.”
There was much speculation on whether Charnow was fired, or if she was leaving to get married, or pursue a solo career. As it turns out, we still don’t really know the truth. She says it wasn’t her decision to leave the band. STG says that it was her choice or else she’d still be with the group. Regardless, she’s moved on to another band in Sweden. So, best of luck to her!
But, that’s not the first surprise! Nope…WHAT THE —-? Charnow wasn’t the first one to get chucked (or…not?). First was Ursula Vari! And who even knows why she got the boot! Do the men in Shiny Toy Guns get tired of looking at the same girl, or what?
But, if I were Sisley Treasure, I might be a little worried in another 2 years.
Shiny Toy Guns’ new album Season of Poison will be out November 4th.
**example of unhappiness concerning new singer from a blog commenter:
“Well I hope no one minds me saying this but the more I think about it, she has probably had a lucky escape because this group have shown themselves in their true colours and I think she is better than any of that. At first I didn’t know what to think but now I feel inclined in believing her side of what has happened here. I hope this new project she says she is working on turns out well for her. She’ll always have my support! :)”