Song of the Moment: “Aviation High” by Semi Precious Weapons

Laura Lyne

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Semi Precious Weapons are about to have an amazing 2013. Minutes ago, their new single “Aviation High” made its debut on popular audio site SoundCloud. It’s been a long wait for fans of the band, almost 2 years. There are many who already know who Semi Precious Weapons are, and many more who have yet to experience their music.

For those who are new to Semi Precious Weapons, here’s some quick background. They were established in 2006 and based out of New York City. They’ve released two albums, “We Love You” and “You Love You”, with a new album due to be released in the near future. They’ve opened for Lady Gaga (during her highly successful Monster Ball tour in 2009, 2010 and 2011) and Ke$ha (in 2011). They consist of Justin Tranter (lead vocals), Stevy Pyne (lead guitarist), Dan Crean (drummer) and Cole Whittle (bassist, backup vocals). They know how to party…hard…and hold some of the hottest parties Los Angeles has ever seen. Take a look at just how crazy their shows are:

Yes, that’s Lady Gaga stage-diving at their set during the Lollapalooza festival 2 years ago.

This new song, Aviation High, marks a significant transition for the band. This sound begins an evolution for the band from the glam rock party style their fans (and detractors) have become accustomed to, to a sound that allows itself to showcase their talents. The most important point to remember about Semi Precious Weapons, is that they are all highly talented musicians, vocalists and songwriters and alumni of the Berklee College of Music. This song shows their growth and will no doubt create new fans, while making the fans who have been there before excited for what’s to come next.

Take a listen to the song below, and let me know what you think. I’ve been a fan of Justin, Stevy, Dan and Cole for years and even run a fansite for them. They’re some of the most genuinely talented people I have ever met, and they deserve to have this song become a hit. If you’re a fan of the music, make sure to follow them on Twitter and spread the word.

UPDATE: Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert have since tweeted a link to the song.

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Laura Lyne

Final year student of Journalism and Visual Media in Griffith College, Dublin (BA Hons). Webmaster, designer and coder of websites including and Follow on Twitter @lauralyne.

  • Roberta Bissett

    Amazing! i love the fact that you’ve written something so good in so less time! We’re alive alive.. we’re aviation High !

    • Thank you Roberta! I still have the song on repeat! 🙂

  • Jodie Hayward

    Great article 🙂 You’ve hit the nail on the head, this year will be for SPW !! 🙂

    • I can’t wait Jodie! These guys deserve it!

      • Jodie Hayward

        Nor me! It’s about time to be honest, people really need to see how talented they all are, its long overdue!

        • It sure is! I’m excited for everyone to see the video to go along with the song…they’re such a great body of work put together.

  • Eric Kolkey

    Great article! I am a huge SPW fan! It has been too long. Aviation High is genius. Perfect at home, on the iPod, or blasting through the club speakers. The louder you play it, the better you feel. I’m listening to it right now and it is turned up ALL THE WAY!! If the walls aren’t shaking, it isn’t loud enough! SPW are the party! We do need to get the word out. It is up to us, the fans-the true believers-to make SPW the biggest band in the world! Think of that! It will happen because it must. We will have to work for it. Let us start now!

    • It’s so true Eric! You know how long a journey it has been to get to this point for not only the guys, but for us as fans. This should be their moment, and hopefully it will be!

  • Killian Murphy

    I actually liked that song! Wasn’t what I expected to be honest!

    • Don’t ever underestimate me Killian, hahaha. Glad you liked it!

  • Eric Kolkey

    Your article is spot-on! I have re-posted on my Facebook page.

  • Alex Thornton

    Fantastic article! I cannot wait to see and hear what else they have in store for us. I sincerely hope that this will be their year, they very much deserve it and are far too talented to not be showcased.

    • So true Alex! This is just the beginning, no doubt.

  • Thom Oakley

    Very ZESTY article I say! Very well written, and I 100% agree with your points!

  • Andreia Pires

    Beetch dis song dus NOT keel my vyb! LUV IT! AHHHHHHHH

  • luke

    when a band has to change their sound so much you fear for their come back but this change has been for the good. I can’t wait to hear More stuff from them.

    • It’ll be a great album, that’s for sure!

  • Gemma Behan

    Great article! This song deserves all the publicity it’s getting and more. Hopefully Irish music lovers will pick up on it and generate enough interest for them to play a show here in the near future.

    • I think they will. I remember they always had a great Irish following back when they were touring with Gaga. A lot of fans made the effort for them back then so hopefully they will this time around!

  • Brittany R

    Such a great song!!! Love this sound from SPW, can’t wait to hear more!!