Cowpuncher – a royally confident five piece Calgary band is celebrating the release of their fourth full-length album – Hustle. Working with Toronto based producer Derek Downham (Serena Ryder, Andy Kim, The Beauties) has energized Cowpuncher’s roots-infused guitar hooks with driving beats and pulsating electric bass lines to knock the socks – and the hats – off their devotees. Cowpuncher’s intense, high energy live show will leave fists pumping and your ears ringing with raw, authentic and anthemic songs.
Touring relentlessly in western Canada, these veteran performers have [un]graced the stages of JunoFEST, Sled Island in Calgary, Canada Music Week in Toronto, and Dauphin Country Fest in Dauphin, MB. In 2014 they won a WCMA for Album Design of the Year and in 2015 were selected as one of the top 12 bands in Alberta’s Peak Performance Project, coming home with a songwriting prize, fresh songs built though collaboration, and a reborn drive to deliver sweaty, punchy rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s not a rare sight to see Painter (vocals) dripping in sweat or the boys, Skiba (guitar), Gritchen (guitar), Stoddart (drums) and Trevena (bass) drenched in beer and knee deep in broken drumsticks. With their energy, it’s surprising that anyone manages to keep any liquor in their cups. Their close, almost fraternal bond keep things tight and dynamism high, like a bundle of live wires they keep each other lit and alive. If there’s one thing Bad Animal isn’t running low on, it’s flair and pure, rough and tumble drive.
Their first and upcoming album Tonight, set to be released in June 2016, features a variety of urgent, well crafted bass rhythms, detail laden guitar riffs, hard hitting drums, and vocal styles with high-low raspy inflections, woven together to explore a series of personal recollections through daydream-lined feverish lyrics.