Semi Precious Weapons
|Semi Precious Weapons|
Semi Precious Weapons during concert in 2007
|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Genres||Glam rock, alternative rock, garage rock|
|Labels||Razor & Tie, Interscope/Geffen, Cherrytree, Epic, RedZone|
|Past members||Aaron Lee Tasjan
Semi Precious Weapons is a rock band from New York City consisting of Justin Tranter on vocals, Stevy Pyne on guitar, Cole Whittle on bass and Dan Crean on drums. Pyne replaced former guitarist, Aaron Lee Tasjan, in November 2008.
In 2006, Semi Precious Weapons (SPW) was formed by Berklee College of Music graduates Tranter, Whittle, Crean and Tasjan. In 2007 Rovena Cardiel, a friend of erstwhile manager BP Fallon brought in Tony Visconti to produce their first album, We Love You. Funded by Tranter's jewelry sales, that were sold in retailers under the name 'Precious Weapons,' they originally released the album as a free download.
In March 2008 the band signed a worldwide recording agreement with Razor & Tie. The band's album We Love You was re-released under this label on September 30, 2008. Semi Precious Weapons signed to Interscope Records in November, 2009. Since November 27, they have been the special guests for Lady Gaga's The Monster Ball. At the same time they began recording a new album titled You Love You, which released on June 29, 2010.
In January 2008 they caused a stir in the United Kingdom after Kate Moss attended their concert at London's Death Disco club and danced with 'six foot bisexual' singer Justin Tranter. Vogue described the band as "unashamedly crass and deliciously animated". On March 18, 2010, the band's eponymous song "Semi Precious Weapons" achieved their first number one - on New Zealand radio station The Edge.
Justin Tranter has a jewelry line called "Fetty," a combination of 'Fucked Up' and 'Pretty,' that sells at Barneys New York. The designs include weapons, hearts, and diamond braille. Justin Tranter was a coach on the MTV show MADE, where he helped a shy sixteen-year-old become a bassist in her own band. Their track "Magnetic Baby" is featured as a downloadable track in Rock Band 2. The band had a cameo in the video for Lady Gaga's "Telephone" and served as her opening act on her 2009-2011 tour The Monster Ball Tour.
Semi Precious Weapons are currently recording their third studio album which was due for a 2012 release, but has been pushed back to 2013.
Semi Precious Weapons' song Semi Precious Weapons appears on the soundtrack for and is included in the live action feature film Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012), based on the best selling graphic novel of the same name.
On December 26, 2012, Justin tweeted on the band Twitter page saying that they are going to announce the release date to their song Aviation High from their new album. "Not January 1st, but soon!"  Aviation High was played live by the band back in June 2012 during the Keep Austin Weird festival. Aviation High was released on the band's personal SoundCloud page on February 18. The music video for the song followed by being released on March 4, 2013 on the bands YouTube page.
After another delay, the band announced in October 2013 that it would be announcing something new every Monday, calling it "Monday Moments". The first announcement was the release of their song, "Cherries On Ice feat. Dominique Young Unique" which they released on October 10. SPW tweeted that they released the song because they wanted to give the fans a song that would not be on the new album. The lyric video for the song was uploaded a week later. The following week, Semi Precious Weapons uploaded a video showcasing them on tour with Ke$ha. Also, that week, the band announced that music is coming! On October 24, the band had a Twitter Q&A with fans and said that November 11 would be the start of the big announcements. On November 11, their song "Drink" was accidentally released onto iTunes due to a label issue with RedZone Entertainment. The song was taken down 2 days later when the issue was resolved. That same day, the band announced that on November 25, they would be announcing their first major release of 2014 and would also be giving us a listen to a new song off of the album. On November 18, It was revealed by the band through an instagram video that the song would be "Look To The Stars".
On November 25, the band announced via Facebook that their new album is called 'Aviation' and is set to be released in January 2014. Fans who preorder the new album will be able to download the first 4 tracks off of the album on January 14, 2014. Also it was announced that their single, Aviation High, is to be sent out to Alternative Radio Nationwide on January 14, 2014. The Album made its way to iTunes as a preorder on January 21, 2014. Preordering the album automatically gave fans the first 4 tracks off of the album including "Aviation High", "Look To The Stars", "Drink", and "Never Going Home".
|We Love You||—|
|You Love You||10|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2010||"Semi Precious Weapons"||You Love You|
|"Look at Me"|
|2014||"Aviation High" (#39 Billboard Alternative Songs)||Aviation|
|"Look To The Stars"|
- The Dirty Showbiz Tour (2010)
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- Alstin, Clare (2008-01-25). "KATE LOVES". Daily News (Vogue (UK)). Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "Semi Precious Weapons Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2011.