Party with Raygun Cowboys.

The Edmonton-based 50s-influenced psychobilly punk rock ‘n’ roll band will be in Barrie Feb. 8 in support of their latest album The Cowboy Code.

“We’re a party band,” said lead singer and guitarist Jon Christopherson of the five-piece group. “We want people to come to the show and have a good time, that’s what we’re all about. The songs are all upbeat and (good for) dancing.”

The subject matter may vary from a loss to world turmoil but Christopherson has a way of making the songs sound good, catchy and upbeat. The Cowboy Code record, for example, came together after a relationship breakup but even though he was in a dark place, writing the songs helped him deal with it. Now he’s a good place, engaged and writing songs for a new album, some of which will be played in Barrie.

The album, which is the third full-length record, also features a cover of their good friends SNFU’s Painful Reminder, one of Christopherson’s favourite bands when he was growing up. In 2016, he had the opportunity to tour-manage the band, traveling across the country with them and, occasionally, hit the stage to sing a bit.

“It was kind of thrilling for me,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to put it on the record.”

The album also includes a tribute to everyone’s favorite futuristic cyborg, Robocop.

Christopherson founded the Raygun Cowboys in 2000 as a three-piece band and, in 2007, added a horn section, which really gives the band a sound all their own.

He’s happy to be performing with good friends Doghouse Rose and the Killer Virgins at the Barrie show. Catch them at The Foxx Lounge Rock Bar and Hotdoggery, downtown Barrie, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. Admission to the 19-plus show is $10.

 

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