From inception to physical release, it was a bumpy road for Los Angeles indie rock band Shiny Toy Guns’ debut album, We Are Pilots. The 11-track project was recorded twice, released twice (first independently, then through Universal Motown), and contains songs written years before the band even existed, back when Shiny Toy Guns founding members Gregori Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson were in a previous group called Dangerous Insects. But the wait was worth it.
Now celebrating its 10th birthday, We Are Pilots is lauded as the band’s best album, fusing elements of alt-rock, indie rock, and post-punk with electronic music, synthpop, and even disco. Though it didn’t win, it was nominated for a Grammy Award, and songs from the record — especially album standout “Le Disko” — have been used in a variety of TV shows, like The Real World: Sydney, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Next Top Model, One Tree Hill, The L Word, Smallville, and Private Practice.
If you listened to the album back in the day but need a refresher, the quartet will be playing We Are Pilots in full at their upcoming show at Slim’s.
Shiny Toy Guns
At 9 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at Slim’s. $20-$44.95; slimspresents.com