We Are Pilots

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We Are Pilots
Studio album by Shiny Toy Guns
Released October 17, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre New wave, electroclash, indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 44:45
Label Universal Motown (US)
Mercury (UK)
Producer Jeremy 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]

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 and Mercury Records in the United Kingdom, with linear 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.[3] 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.[4]

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".[4][5] 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.[6] The album spawned three singles: "Le Disko", "You Are the One" and "Rainy Monday", all of which peaked within the Alternative Songs chart.

Track listing[edit]

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, C. 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, C. Petree) – 3:44
  11. "We Are Pilots" – 4:15

Bonus Tracks and Special Editions[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 90
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[10] 90
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[10] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Song U.S. Hot 100[11] U.S. Modern Rock[12] U.S. Dance Airplay[13] UK Singles Chart
2006 "Le Disko" 114 26
2007 "You Are the One" 25 23 94
2007 "Rainy Monday" 23

Earlier versions[edit]

Version 1[edit]

Album artwork
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 2[edit]

Album artwork
Album artwork for Version 2 of We Are Pilots

The second version of We Are Pilots was released by Sidecho Records in November 2005.[citation needed] 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 media[edit]

"Weather Girl" was used in the movie "Getting That Girl." in early 2014.[19]

Personnel[edit]

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]