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Jack Rudquist, Noah Topliff, Mason Swanson and Sam Ketcham make up the rock and rock band Seb's Medicine. Their name was picked by Rundquist after he saw it written out on a grocery list at Ketcham's house. "My dog's name is Sebastian," Ketcham explained, "he had Lyme's disease, so my mom wrote Seb's Medicine down on her grocery list." Rundquist saw it, liked it and convinced other band members to go with it.1 / 2
Local rock and roll group Seb's Medicine released their second record "Psycho Semantics" this year. Hear them play live Friday July 26 at the Central Park Band Shell.2 / 2

Local youngsters make up the band Seb's Medicine. Hear them perform 7:30 p.m. Friday July 26 at the Central Park Band Shell - their debut performance at the summer concert hot spot.

Sixteen-year-old Samuel Ketcham on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, 17-year-old Jack Rudquist on lead guitar, 16-year-old Noah Topliff on bass guitar and 16-year-old Mason Swanson on drums complete the self-proclaimed rock 'n' roll ensemble.

Formed over regular jamming session in late July of 2011, Seb's Medicine released a seven-song demo in March 2012 and a six-song EP "Psycho Semantics" early this year.

While the albums have not gone platinum, their tenacious sound is quite impressive considering their collective ages.

Songs and lyrics are all written by Ketcham.

"I was always able to sing, but wanted to play guitar," he said, "I took lessons and fell in love with it all. Everything else came naturally."

For bassist Topliff, the experience with the band has been empowering, especially since his journey in the music world follows some large shoes to fill. His dad, Neal Topliff, works as an accomplished professional pianist.

"I have been around music my whole life," Topliff said, "ever since I was in diapers."

He himelf took piano lessons for five years before switching to guitar. When the opportunity to play bass with the band arose, Topliff took it - although he had never played the instrument before.

"It kind of just clicked with me," he explained. Practice by practice he learned the skills and songs, drawing on his guitar knowledge for guidance.

"I'm usually a front-and-center type of person and typically bass players are not," Topliff added. "But now that I play, I love it."

Regular performers at Hobgoblin Music Loft, Seb's Medicine nenbers said they forward to their upcoming show in downtown Red Wing.

"We hope for a lot dancing and a big turnout - there is a little something for everyone," Ketcham said.

For more information or to hear their music, you can find Seb's Medicine on Facebook.

We asked, they answered ...

July 2011

Describe your music genre?:

Rock 'n' roll

What instruments do you or can you play?:

Two guitars, bass, drum and vocals

Who inspires your music?

Kings of Leon and Jimmy Hendrix to name a few. Each of us has a different music and genre we go to - when we get together, we blend them to get our sound.

Do you have a favorite piece of your own work?

We like all of our songs.

Your band is stuck on island - what one album do you want to have with?:

Kings of Leon "Aha Shake Heartbreak"

Are you currently working on any project?

Writing new songs and working on new found sound. We also want to create merchandise.

What would you want most people to know about you, as a band?

To know we are high school but still good. We put on a good live show.

Besides music, do you have interesting hobbies?

Longboarding, making food, swimming, hot tubbing - that's the life.

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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