We Are Pilots is the debut studio album by American electronic rock band Shiny Toy Guns. After previously being independently released throughout 2005, it was officially released on October 17, 2006, through Universal Motown in the United States[3] and Mercury Records in the United Kingdom, with liner notes of the album referring to it as "version 3.0". Production, recording, and writing dates back as far as the early 2000s, with several songs being written during founding members Gregori Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson's previous project, Dangerous Insects.[4] Musically, We Are Pilots primarily uses influences of both rock music and electronic music whilst also incorporating elements of alternative rock, indie rock, pop, electropop, post-punk revival and disco, with the band receiving comparisons to The Killers and Franz Ferdinand.[5]

We Are Pilots
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 17, 2006
Recorded2006
GenreNew wave, electroclash, indie rock, post-punk revival
Length44:45
LabelUniversal Motown (US)
Mercury (UK)
ProducerJeremy Dawson, Chad Petree, Mark Saunders
Shiny Toy Guns chronology
We Are Pilots
(2006)
Season of Poison
(2008)
Singles from We Are Pilots
  1. "Le Disko"
    Released: 2006
  2. "You Are the One"
    Released: 2007
  3. "Rainy Monday"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]

We Are Pilots received generally positive reviews from music critics, with some complimenting its "refreshing" and "retro" sound whilst others criticized it as "lifeless" and "unoriginal".[5][6] It topped the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart whilst also reaching number 90 on the Billboard 200. It was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 50th Grammy Awards.[7] The album spawned three singles: "Le Disko", "You Are the One" and "Rainy Monday", all of which peaked within the Alternative Songs chart.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Jeremy Dawson, except where noted.

  1. "You Are the One" (Dawson, Chad Petree, Stephen Petree) – 4:22
  2. "Le Disko" (Dawson, S. Petree) – 3:28
  3. "Starts with One" (C. Petree) – 3:46
  4. "When They Came for Us" – 4:25
  5. "Don't Cry Out" (Dawson, C. Petree) – 4:15
  6. "Chemistry of a Car Crash" (C. Petree, Dan Leone) – 3:51
  7. "Waiting" (C. Petree) – 4:21
  8. "Rainy Monday" (S. Petree, C. Petree) – 3:59
  9. "Jackie Will Save Me" – 3:59
  10. "Shaken" (Dawson, S. Petree) – 3:44
  11. "We Are Pilots" – 4:15

Bonus Tracks and Special EditionsEdit

  • "I Promise You Walls" – 4:08 (Best Buy exclusive bonus track)[8]
  • "Rocketship" – 3:32 (UK exclusive bonus track)[9]
  • "Weather Girl" – 4:42 (iTunes exclusive bonus track)[10]
  • "Le Disko (Tommie Sunshine's Brooklyn Fire Retouch)" – 7:31 (iTunes exclusive bonus track)[10]

ChartsEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart (2007) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 90
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[11] 90
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[11] 1

SinglesEdit

Year Song U.S. Hot 100[12] U.S. Modern Rock[13] U.S. Dance Airplay[14] UK Singles Chart
2006 "Le Disko" 114 26
2007 "You Are the One" 25 23 94
2007 "Rainy Monday" 23

Earlier versionsEdit

Version 1Edit

 
Album artwork for Version 1 of We Are Pilots

We Are Pilots was first released by Stormwest International on January 1, 2005.[citation needed]

  1. "Don't Cry Out" – 4:15
  2. "Rainy Monday" – 3:59
  3. "Photograph" – 3:54
  4. "Le Disko" – 3:28
  5. "Shaken" – 3:56
  6. "Turn to Real Life" – 3:30
  7. "We Are Pilots" – 4:02
  8. "Weather Girl" – 4:42
  9. "Waiting" – 4:25
  10. "When They Came for Us" – 4:27
  11. "Joel's Theme" – 2:52
  12. "Sky Fell Over Me" – 3:56
  13. "Ritz" – 2:46
  14. "Rocketship" – 3:28
  15. "I Promise You Walls" – 4:11

Version 2Edit

 
Album artwork for Version 2 of We Are Pilots

The second version of We Are Pilots was released by SideCho Records in November 2005.[15] For this album the tracks were re-recorded and the track listing re-organized; several tracks were removed and two new tracks were added. It also included a more complete CD booklet with lyrics and different artwork.

  1. "Le Disko" – 3:23
  2. "You Are the One" – 4:20
  3. "Don't Cry Out" – 4:06
  4. "Rainy Monday" – 3:55
  5. "We Are Pilots" – 4:04
  6. "Shaken" – 3:44
  7. "Turn to Real Life" – 3:26
  8. "Waiting" – 4:19
  9. "When They Came for Us" – 4:23
  10. "Weather Girl" – 4:38
  11. "Photograph" – 3:50
  12. "Stripped" – 3:30

Usage in other mediaEdit

PersonnelEdit

NominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review Archived December 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ MacNeil, Jason. "Shiny Toy Guns: We Are Pilots Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Dangerous Insects Myspace". Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  5. ^ a b Jason MacNeil (2006-10-17). "We Are Pilots - Shiny Toy Guns | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  6. ^ "Shiny Toy Guns - We Are Pilots - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  7. ^ "50th Grammy Nominees Announced". About.com. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  8. ^ "We Are Pilots, Best Buy Exclusive". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  9. ^ "We Are Pilots, Bonus Track". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  10. ^ a b "We Are Pilots by Shiny Toy Guns". iTunes Preview. Apple Inc. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  11. ^ a b c "We Are Pilots - Shiny Toy Guns". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  12. ^ Billboard Music Charts - Latest Music News - Music Videos[dead link]
  13. ^ Billboard Music Charts - Latest Music News - Music Videos[dead link]
  14. ^ Billboard Music Charts - Latest Music News - Music Videos[dead link]
  15. ^ "Shiny Toy Guns Sign to SideCho". Archived from the original on 2006-05-06. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  16. ^ "Summary page for Episode 1 ("G'Day, Australia!") at". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  17. ^ Show 321/322 Performance at FOX.com Archived November 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ One Tree Hill Featured Music Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Episode 3: The Morning After at". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  20. ^ [1] Archived June 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Netflix