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Shiny Toy Guns headline Galaxy Theatre

Galaxy Theatre, just a short trip down the boulevard from Disneyland, hosted a rock show worthy of picking up where good 80s rock left off. The bands performing included Shiny Toy Guns, Kill Hannah, Clear Static, Cavil at Rest, Repeat Repeat and DJ S’HIM.

Galaxy Theatre provides comfortable seating for dining as well as a standing area for those who wish to dance or be closer to the stage.

The OC crowd was a nice switch from the Hollywood scene.

Repeat Repeat and Cavil at Rest were a good warm up and release for the youngsters in the crowd who needed to get out of the house on a Wednesday night.

It was nice to have drum ‘ bass in between sets by a live; DJ S’HIM.

Kill Hannah, from Chicago , is reminiscent of The Cure and masterfully blends new rock expression with soothing 80’s rhythm. I thought their name played them down, and was possibly sexist, but after hearing them open their set with high frequency squeals and progressive chords I fell off my seat.

Kill Hannah had green lasers on their guitars, fog machines, fog lights, fluorescent lighting and other quality rock show characteristics.

With smashing songs like “Lips Like Morphine,” “Kennedy” and “Wake Up Sex” they really got the crowd moving. They have a MySpace page, but it does not reflect the quality they perform with live; I would see them again because they were such great performers.

L.A.-based Shiny Toy Guns jumped into their first track creating teen spirit so incredible that a mosh pit broke out.

Lead singer Carah Faye, a native of England, seemed shaken by the energy of the crowd yet performed in Shirley Manson-like confidence.

Mikey on drums had to pull his set back from the stage as people were being pushed into it.

Dressed in their white attire, and glad to be back home after their England/Canadian/American tour(RadioFireTour06) STG played their hearts out all the while the spotlight on the man in the back painting on canvas faded in and out. I wasn’t sure if the painting was influenced by the music or the energy of people jumping and crowd surfing.

STG hit all the favorites, and was applauded to an encore with the chants of “I want more” bringing them back on stage for what seemed like a new feeling for them.

STG played a never before heard song, and finished the encore with a beautifully rendered Depeche Mode cover. STG preformed with Headline presence and is always a great show to catch.

Ryan Kolacek can be reached at ane@sundial.csun.edu.

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