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Pantychrist brings high-energy show to Barrie's Foxx Lounge

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

One of Canada's most provocative bands headlines a concert in Barrie on Friday night.

It's been a few years since the four member all-female band Pantychrist played here and they're hoping to make it a good time for all their current fans as well as new ones.

Pantychrist has built a following for their punk, hardcore and metal music, which has been described as a full-throttle blast of estrogen-fuelled aggression.

They've also become known for their antics on stage.

One thing is for sure, they are not your typical all-girl group.

"Our shows aware always a little bit crazy, and hopefully it will be memorable," said guitarist Emma-O. "Basically, it's all about having fun and making an impact. I guess we tend to do that."

The group began in 2003 when four women met in ladies washroom in Hamilton.

Many musicians have come and gone since then, including Emma-O.

She first joined the band in 2012-13, but left two years later when she was going through some things in her personal life.

Fast forward to 2017, she's in a better place and when lead singer and the only remaining original band member, Danyell DeVille, called in January, she was ready to come back.

"Danyell called me up and I was kind of hoping (to come back). We were on the same wave length and it felt like time to become back," she said. "I had been really missing it. It worked out perfect and I was really ready to start playing again."

Current band members are split between Hamilton (Emma-O, Danyell) and Toronto, with Lexxi LaRoux on bass and Emma Sunstrum on drums. All currently working on a new album, which they hope to have out at the beginning of 2018.

Their last record, Break It Down, was a compilation of new and older songs and released in 2012.

All of the musicians write music. It is a collaboration. Danyell tends to focus on the melodies and lyrics and her favourite subjects are sex and all the issues that are common in punk music: dysfunction, addiction and self-destruction.

For the musicians, it's cathartic.

"People have had rough lives and I think that's what attracts them to punk," she said, adding all the band members are clean all sober today. "In a way it's good what we went through. We can write and relate to the audience.

"We're all older, have our crap together (and are) not so self-destructive."

Over the years, the band has released four CDs, one demo and one DVD as well as been the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary The Rise of Pantychrist and one of their songs, Bitch, was featured in the Hollywood stage production Riot Grrrl Saves the World.

Pantychrist plays the Foxx Lounge in downtown Barrie on Friday.

Also appearing are Artificial Dissemination from Toronto and local band Die Sci Fi.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. It's a 19+ event. 

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