Sons of Otis

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Sons of Otis
Origin Toronto, Canada
Genres Stoner rock,[1] space rock,[1] doom metal[1]
Years active 1992–present
Labels Small Stone
Members Ken Baluke
Frank Sargeant
Ryan Aubin

Sons of Otis are a Canadian stoner rock band from Toronto. Sons of Otis was formed by Ken Baluke in Toronto sometime around the years 1992 and 1993. Strongly influenced by the underground heavy music of the time (Melvins/Fudge Tunnel/Shallow N.D), their first release, Paid to Suffer, came out in 1994.

The band went through about 11 drummers until May 2001 and has at times resorted to a drum machine for recordings as well as performances. Every record released by the band to date has been distributed by now defunct labels, leaving the band's back catalog consistently out of print. The band's first three releases (Paid To Suffer, Spacejumbofudge, and Temple Ball) are being re-released on vinyl through various European labels in 2012.[citation needed] The group has established underground popularity across the greater Toronto area and sporadically throughout Europe in nations such as Holland and Greece.



  • Ken Baluke – guitars, vocals
  • Frank Sargeant – bass
  • Ryan Aubin – drums


  • John Moran – drums (1992–1995)
  • Emilio Mammone – drums (1996–1998, 1999–2001) - including 2000 European tour with Electric Wizard.[2]

Session musicians[edit]

  • Tony Jacome – drums on the 'Songs for Worship (2001)


  • 1994 - Paid to Suffer
  • 1996 - Spacejumbofudge
  • 1999 - Temple Ball
  • 2001 - Untitled EP (also known as The Pusher EP)
  • 2001 - Songs for Worship
  • 2005 - X
  • 2007 - Sons of Otis / Queen Elephantine - Split
  • 2009 - Exiled
  • 2012 - Seismic


  1. ^ a b c Anderson, Jason. "Sons of Otis Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ Interview with Sons of Otis Retrieved on 2010-05-06.

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