Considering the amount of time that one is subjected to spend inside during the long and cold Prairie winters, it makes sense that some of the best Canadian garage-rock bands hail from the Great Plains. With their hard work, Edmonton’s Betrayers are proof of this, as they’re one of the few bands these days that really get good old rock ‘n’ roll right.
Betrayers’ debut album, Let The Good Times Die, sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a remake of Easy Rider. The album opens with the languid vocals and flower-child garage rock-inspired riffs of opener “Spinnin’ Wheel.”
Veering the album in a slightly livelier direction, the bouncing bass line and fuzzed out guitar solos in “Ain’t No Lie” would sound at home on a Stooges record. Betrayers continue their nuanced take on psychedelic garage rock with the sublime and slinky standout “Do You Smoke?” and energetic punk-tinged number “Little Girl (You Got Some Growing Up To Do).”
On the album’s closer, “Too Much Fun,” frontman Travis Sargent sings “We’re dangerous and we’re young / But it doesn’t matter now cuz you’re having too much fun,” which could easily be the tagline for the band and this album. For sun-fueled road trips to times spent inside drinking and dancing the cold away, Let The Good Times Die should be your rock ‘n’ roll record of choice.