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Shiny Toy Guns @ Webster Hall (4/23/2009)

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Artist: Shiny Toy Guns
Venue: Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: Semi Precious Weapons
Date: 4/23/2009
Label: Universal Music

I went into this one primarily for the opening act of Semi-Precious Weapons because after having seen them a few times already this year, I just could not find it to be enough of their infectious brand of Glam Rock & Roll. They are a band that seems to pull out all the stops during a set and just recently we had attended a special gathering that was done on behalf of the lead singer and his jewelry line. The guys were all present at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex where Justin presented his new line of bling and then they jammed a hot set for all attendees much to everyone’s delight. It was a nice taste of how they do things and we will offer up a link to that article later. Tonight the band was actually opening up for Shiny Toy Guns who are one of those Alternative Rock acts that is generating a lot of buzz but since its not a group I actively follow, I was not too up on what they did. The setting would be the spacious Webster Hall and the Rock was surely going to roll when Justin and company hit the stage.
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“We Love You” by Semi Precious Weapons

Artist: Semi Precious Weapons
Title: “We Love You”
Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: 9/30/2008
Genre: Sleaze Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

If you’re looking for the new rising star of Sleaze Glam Rock then don’t look over to the West Coast but instead focus your attention on Brooklyn, NY’s own Semi Precious Weapons, a band that manages to take the teachings of the New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks and other influencers of note and create their own interesting identity. Led by singer Justin Tranter who employs some of the similar cross-dressing techniques of Dee Snider and David Johansen, the band offers up a rocking display of vivid sexual innuendo and a somewhat danceable groove depending on the track. There is a lot of bold ACDC type swagger going on in terms of the vibe but the real emphasis is on their pushing the buttons with their lyrical content. The band’s debut on Razor & Tie is entitled “We Love You” and it’s a release that finds the band making no bones about their overt sexual imagery and this can be felt as soon as the CD begins spinning. The opening track is called “Taste” and features an intro line of “I gotta mouth and she’s wet” and one can only assume that the singer is not talking about eating a piece of pie. Oh wait, perhaps he actually is (but I digress). The pumping energy continues into “Magnetic Baby” where Tranter tells us how he looks better in someone’s party dress than they do which gives the listener an instant visual of how he wants to be received and with their self-titled track we find that ACDC similar groove that I lined out before. Musically there isn’t anything special as far as super intense technical display being delivered and for this kind of band that makes the most sense. I have to admit that I liked what I heard and viewed this as a very “live” band who keeps this at four on the floor Rock while letting their stage show do more of the talking for them. “Her Hair Is On Fire” seems to be one of those tunes where the band makes you sing along to the chorus with them, and as far as “That’s K***” goes, well there is a lot of “colorful” language in this one that could turn off some listeners. There is a warning sticker on the cover to warn those folks, but be mindful that the release can be very, very explicit at times. Younger listeners might do well to avoid this in their parent’s eyes, but probably have already ordered a copy based on the statement.
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