The Ketamines

Anyone up for some good old drug taking action? Well, we’ve got “two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…” But no, unless you’re a real-life Raoul Duke, you can either dream on, cry a bucket or indulge in some sweet Ketamine.

the ketamines

The Ketamines started off as a two-piece back in 2010 and now perform live as a five-piece. These guys play a hybrid version of garage-punk that’s fun and energetic. There’s nothing overly complicated about their tracks but that’s exactly where the beauty of their sound lies. Based in Toronto, the Ketamines have toured all over North America and Canada and they’ve also released two LPs, several seven-inches, an EP and a couple of music videos (thats what I’d call a healthy dose).

Their latest offering is the 7’ called Stay Awake, which was released last month. Always Small is a jacked-up track which with lyrics like “keep that ice-cream coming,” and seems to be dedicated to keeping blood sugar levels high. The song opens with a great synth hook and moments later the peppy vocals and buzzy guitars propel the track into I’m So Bloody Happy Land. And by the time the solo hits, you’ll find yourself running into a stranger’s backyard, preparing to bounce your ass off on their trampoline.

In April, they’re playing at a number of places in Toronto, so if you find yourself on that snowy side of the world, be sure to check out this delicious drug salad.



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