Music: Shiny Toy Guns

If you were trying to determine the age demographic of Shiny Toy Guns, you'd have a very difficult time. Though they've landed several songs on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, they have a legion of young fans. Very young fans. It may be the fact that pa

If you were trying to determine the age demographic of Shiny Toy Guns, you'd have a very difficult time. Though they've landed several songs on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, they have a legion of young fans. Very young fans.

“I probably took 20 pictures from people under the age of 12 last night,” says the band's co-founder Jeremy Dawson. “They knew the lyrics to every song. It was freaking me out. They knew more of the lyrics than I did.”

It may be the fact that parents are rocking out to the Guns and their ’80s-like sound that's bringing in the kids.

“Maybe,” Dawson ponders. “Kids like what kids like, and normally they don't like what Mom and Dad like. They think it's lame. I'm still trying to figure that out. Maybe we should go do a tour with Nickelodeon.”

That's not as crazy as it sounds as. The group appeared on the Nick Jr. program Yo Gabba Gabba late last year under the alias The Shinys.

It was about this time that they received a Grammy nomination for their debut album We Are Pilots, which featured Modern Rock radio hits “You Are The One,” “Rainy Monday,” and “Don't Cry Out.”  Though the ’80s influences are apparent, Dawson says they're not really retro rockers.

“We're younger than that,” he says.

Read the full interview here


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