Shiny Toy Guns is one of the handful of indie electro-glam bands that actually makes wearing silver lame leggings look cool. Though they clearly have a fierce hold on 1980s fashion and emo hairdos, that’s not all they are about. They are also about making synth-heavy dance tracks packed with power chords and inspiring vocals. The group’s song “le disko” has quickly become the Chicago electro-hipster party anthem. The song was recently featured on the Motorola Razr2 commercial, and you can regularly hear the track played out at clubs like Debonair and Sonotheque. Synth and bass player Jeremy Dawson has been making a name for himself as a DJ and will be appearing behind the decks at tonight’s installment of Dark Wave Disco. Resident DJs Trancid, Mark Gertz and Greg Corner will also be busting out new wave and electro beats. So boys grab your eyeliner and black-and-white striped shirts, and girls go to American Apparel for those shiny leggings, and we will see you there! (Hilary Rawk)
Jeremy Dawson (Shiny Toy Guns) headlines this month’s installment of Dark Wave Disco, with residents Trancid, Mark Gertz and Greg Corner at Sonotheque, 1444 West Chicago, (312)726-7600, February 16, 9pm-3am. $5 before 11pm, $12 after.