Besides “Le Disko,” and “Rainy Monday,” I haven’t really heard anything by the LA-based electro-rock outfit known as Shiny Toy Guns. Of course I first heard “Le Disko” as it was remixed by the likes of Tommie Sunshine & Boys Noize. Unfortunately for me, I became a fan too late in the game. Before I knew it, lead vocalist Carah Faye Charnow was gone, replaced with the “rock” chick the CW Reality Series “The Pussycat Dolls Present: Search For the Next Doll,” Sisely Treasure. Since then, I haven’t heard a Shiny Toy Guns song that I like (with the exception of their “Major Tom” cover) and I attribute that solely to the change in vocalists.
As for the former Shiny Toy Guns frontwoman, Carah Faye Charnow – she’s joined forces with Daniel Johansson, producer of the Swedish electro-rockers The Sounds to create a new band – Versant. According to a statement, “Versant synthesizes the melodicism of a true pop siren with up-to-the-minute textures that can ignite both dance floors and rock clubs.” Aside from Carah & Daniel, rounding out Versant we have Richard Ankers on drums, Johan Grettve on guitar and keys and Nicholas Oja on bass. This sounds hot! Versant’s debut self-titled album is expected out next Spring but expect to hear more from them in the months to come. In the mean time, check out this live cover of ABBA‘s “SOS.”