Niagara Gazette

Night & Day

April 11, 2013

Tour Odyssey -- featuring The Big Heads and Shiny Toy Guns -- stops by the Rapids Theatre


Niagara Gazette — Shiny Toy Guns is a Los Angeles based synth-pop band. I have to admit I was surprised how much I loved this band, but perhaps it’s the fact that they remind me of some of the great synth bands of the ’80s like Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Human League and one of my all-time favorite bands, Missing Persons.

Lead singer Carah Faye Charnow has a great voice, which is sometimes reminiscent of Ellie Goulding. Her vocals are expressive and powerful, and she has so many dimensions that it’s a musical joyride listening to her.

Even though Shiny Toy Guns sound includes a heavy dose of synthesizers, there is no shortage of hard driving guitar and powerful drums and bass. I really am looking forward to seeing these guys play.

I couldn’t find a lot of information on Midi Matilda, but they have a decent amount of music on YouTube, and based on the comments, they are holding their won on the Odyssey Tour. My favorite song is “Love & the Movies.” It’s a great synth pop number.

Getting the night started is Oh No Fiasco, a female fronted alternative rock band from Knoxville Tennessee. Like the other three bands on the bill, they have some great material including a song called “Stand in Lover” that you can find on YouTube.

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