I’ll be honest, when I heard a band named The Ketamines were releasing a debut EP called Line By Line, I was a little bit apprehensive. Add to this a debut album called Spaced Out, and I was expecting some horribly tedious, trippy nonsense by some bores who think drug references are cool. But these Calgary-based garage-rockers have surprised me. Their ragged debut EP may not be perfect, but it is promising and, crucially, fun.

Imagine if the Ramones decided they were going to simultaneously record covers of 'Summer Holiday' and 'Paranoid', with Joey sending through his vocals from a shuttle orbiting the Earth. The end result would sound near identical to the title track of this EP. It’s far from original, but I challenge you not to be smiling broadly by the end of it. 'New Victims' again features the vocals really fuzzed-up and low in the mix, but this time it sounds like the band are soundtracking a sleazy B-movie Western set in Mexico, with sinister sounding twanging guitars and again it’s pretty fantastic. The final track, 'Dig', is the longest song on here as it clocks in at just over three-and-a-half minutes. Maybe not coincidentally, it’s also the weakest song on display, a slightly dirgy stomp that seems to go nowhere until becoming an utter mess in the last 30 seconds and veering painfully close to the dull meanderings I referenced earlier.

It’s a mixed bag, then, for a debut EP, but it’s pretty darn good for the most part. Yes, it does sound like it was recorded on a budget of pennies and the vocals are so low in the mix that you can only make out one out of every ten words sung, but that just adds to the charm. In fact, a band like The Ketamines wouldn’t sound right with really clear production; it’d be like getting a plate and cutlery from a greasy burger van at a football ground. Unashamedly retro it may be, but boring it isn’t.