The Raygun Cowboys – New album “Cowboy Code” Review.
The Raygun Cowboys are a Canadian band from Edmonton who are about to unleashed a brand new album upon us, they have thrown Punk, Psychobilly and Rock N Roll into a blender with a sprinkling of Ska Brass and Country to come up with The Cowboy Code. The 5 piece have already released 4 previous albums that loosen the joints and crowd the dance floor, creatively mixing genre’s together and coming away with an eclectic haze that bursts with sound behind the demented echoing Elvis vocal.
It’s Coming Down is the first track that runs away with a rattling bass and twanging guitar, setting us up with a high tempo and memorable chorus. It’s a good start to the album introducing the sound of the Raygun Cowboys with the DNA of the band. We head straight on to I Don’t Want You Anymore with a great brass intro that would not look out of place in some Ska collection, the deep vocal compliments the story of a troubled relationship breakdown being backed up by the unmistakable double bass sound always in your ear. An attempt to cover SNUFs Painful Reminder is not only a good addition to the album but the track takes on a whole new existence, with the already well written lyrics flowing along we are kept up to pace by the metronomic Bass line in the background. It’s not so much a painful reminder as a highlight on the album. But an unusual addition to the album is Robocop, a tribute to the metal man of the law. It seems a little out of place on the album for me and although bringing a comic element with more of a Ska sound to it, it may be the weakest track on a rather good album in my opinion. We revert back to the demented Elvis drawl with Back To You a slower laid back soothing track, depicting the difficulties of breaking up when your hearts strings pull you back with old memories. Although it’s a slower pace, it’s a tune that moves you, with emotional elements being drawn out, built up, and knocked down like a cannon ball.
Just when you think the Cowboys have pigeon holed themselves into that Psychobilly genre, they knock your quiff sideways throwing in a Country riff or a blast of Ska Brass that unexpectedly works with that Double Bass drive. If you are looking for unexpected twists and turns to the usual psychobilly beat, without losing the pounding rolling 50s theme then it’s worth getting hold of a copy of this album. The Raygun Cowboys have come up with something old, something new; something borrowed and named it The Cowboy Code.