The Rayls

The Rayls

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Swank wack redneck-a-billy at its finest. A two piece band sounding like a loud bunch of hobos on a fantasy train heading nowhere and telling far fetched tales of real life stories.

Biography

The Rayls are a guitar/drum duo from Winnipeg, Manitoba that are comprised of guitarist/vocalist/vegan/redneck/tree-hugger Kris Plantz and drummer Scott Young. They have been performing together since the spring of 2009. Their sound is self described as redneck-a-billy and pushes originality to the limits. For the most part they prefer untraditional venues and take their music to the streets (playing in tunnels, alleys, and under bridges). Their gorilla street concerts have led to shows at a number of local venues. Their songs are upbeat, quirky, and as entertaining as watching a loud bunch of friendly hobo's playing yahtzee in the frozen dessert aisle of your favourite supermarket.

Kris Plantz - Kris, originally from small town Saskatchewan, migrated from Vancouver to Winnipeg and took a few years off before forming The Rayls. He has re-established himself as a quirky and offbeat songwriter that praises the prairie, deadbeat, and lonesome lifestyles. In Vancouver, his bass/drum duo Willmas Barnyard Fiasco received acclaim from local magazines such as the Georgia Straight, Nerve Magazine, and the West Ender. Willmas sound was compared to a cross between CAKE and Primus.

Scott Young - Scott is an exceptional drummer whose style and drum kit is anything but ordinary. Playing as a session musician and on stage backing many local artists, Scott is a chameleon behind the kit playing latin, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, rock, fusion, and metal. His recording credits include work on a 2009 Juno Award winning hip-hop album. Never boring, Scott is all about the performance and the connection with his audience.

Contact:
therayls@hotmail.com
home: 204-282-2712
cell: 204-299-8604

Lyrics

Junkie

Written By: The Rayls

walking down east hastings street
frogs and kittens are at my feet
i'm looking for a revolving door
an ice cream cone or ice cream store
cotton candy was on the beat
i never met a girl so sweet
i took her home to wine and dine
she looked good for 59
i walked her back it all was good
to the corner where she stood
spend the nickel spare the dim
a rocket ship and nursery rhyme
i went to grab a cup of joe
i passed a theatre where they show
erotic scenes for men who dream
who bring along their vaseline

junkie junkie junkie oh junkie junkie junkie
east hastings street

walking down east hastings street
i'm hanging out where junkies meet
to swing and swap a chorus tale
i stopped to drink a pint of ale
i sold some crack i sold some blow
i shot some H in my elbow
and shared my needle with a friend
a barking dog, a goat, and hen
came up to me the other day
they licked my hand and went away
i turned a spit and got junk sick
went off to find a nice wett mit
or something else i just don't know
the traffic lights are very slow
so there i stand and there i wait
too far gone to hesitate

junkie junkie junkie oh junkie junkie junkie
east hastings street

i ain't got no girl
i ain't got no gun
i ain't got no cocaine
i ain't gonna have no fun

junkie junkie junkie oh junkie junkie junkie
east hastings street

Smokers

Written By: The Rayls

you got your smokers and you got your drinkers
their black lungs and their bad livers
you got your cowboys and you got your punks
they're all getting off, on getting drunk

so drink drink drink and smoke smoke smoke
at the seedy bars with the really good folk

you got your smokers and you got your drinkers
take 'em both, you got your free thinkers
you got your homeless, dressed up in stink
collecting pennies for one more drink

so drink drink drink and smoke smoke smoke
at the seedy bars with the really good folk

drink and drink and drink and drink and drink and drink
and drink and drink and drink and smoke

Tractor

Written By: The Rayls

somebody went and stole my tractor
when i find him, i'm gonna kill him
somebody went and stole my tractor
when i find him, i'm gonna kill him

it was sitting in my field about a week ago
it was a john deere like my groovy back hoe
like my house and the trees with the pretty green leaves
like my barn and the farm and my broken deep freeze
with the bass and the trout and the venison meat
i'm never gonna get to harvest that wheat
so i'll sit and i'll wait by my broken screen door
cuz my tractor is gone and my knuckles are so

and i just don't know what i am suppose to do
i'm gonna sit at home and drink my home brew

cuz somebody went and stole my tractor
and when i find him, i am gonna kill him

Hank

Written By: The Rayls

hank was a writer, and a fighter, and a drunk
he was a drunk
he stayed up late and loved to hate
all of the women who would punch him in the face

he was a mess, not more not less
the radio playing, the radio was playing
and he was smoking, drinking, and writing
about the things that happened to his life

hank was a writer, and a fighter, and a drunk
he was a drunk
he stayed up late and loved to hate
all of the women who would punch him in the face

Dirty

Written By: The Rayls

sitting on the couch and getting stupider
people talk about mars but not about jupiter
why is that i just can't see
i rode my bike and a bumble bee
flew in my eye and i said #@*!
man am i just a little suck
i should grow up and be a man
buy a farm and get a farmers tan

but i just want one little thing
i just want a little fling
doesn't have to be nice or perty
just rich and over thirty
and just a little dirty

i like my rye with some coke in it
i drink my morning coffee and have to take a...
put some cereal into a bowl
and lap it up like a stripper on a pole
do my dance the stroke it's called
and find a girls whose ....
and take her home for a night or two
and bang around 'till we're both black and blue

and i just want one little thing
i just want a little fling
doesn't have to be nice or perty
just rich and over thirty
and just a little dirty

The Biggest Hair

Written By: The Rayls

time in and time out
drag queens will scream and shout
life is good and life is fair
when you have got the biggest hair

when you have got
the biggest hair

the shortest dress the tallest heels
martini bars, banana peels
and fruit galore and fruit so good
tasting just like the way it should

when you have got
the biggest hair

and dancing fast and dancing slow
on the drugs and all a glow
on the streets and in the bars
acting like a drunk rock star

when you have got
the biggest hair

Discography

Homegrown Audience EP coming soon.

Set List

Our set is usually kept to 1/2 an hour in length although we have enough material for an hour. We always want to leave the audience wanting more.