Listen to the new Born Ruffians album streaming now on NPR

September 29, 2015


Listen to the new album,RUFF, from Born Rufffians
streaming now on NPR

“I am in love with this Born Ruffians track and video.” – Robin Hilton, NPR All Songs Considered on “Don’t Live Up”

“One of the greatest SXSW shows I ever saw was twitching, wailing Toronto combo Born Ruffians tucked into some tiny hole in the wall a few blocks from the festival’s main drag. Luke Lalonde and friends were a bomb going off that night, and on the lead single from upcoming RUFF, they recapture that energy.”

“…charmingly wistful and twitchily rhythmic pop songs…”  – Uncut 8/10

After sharing tracks and videos for “We Made It,” “When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away,” and “Don’t Live Up,” Born Ruffians are excited to share their new album over a week ahead of its official release date. RUFF can now be heard in its entirety via NPR First Listen:

“Born Ruffians’ shiftiness and intensity place the group squarely in a post-punk lineage that traces back to rock rantings of the ’70s and ’80s. But [Luke] Lalonde’s vibrant voice, somehow brash and bratty and bright and chirpy all at once, sounds ever-present while keeping an overbearing sense of history at bay. These are urgent, churning songs that sound like they needed to happen, like gurglings from some nervous and squirmy place deep inside that had to be placated or purged.”  NPR

Listen to Born Ruffians’ new album RUFF via NPR First Listen

Over four albums, Born Ruffians have developed a signature aesthetic that encompasses tightly wound, trapezoidal songs frothing over with hooks and wryly-cathartic lyrics. The group has garnered favorable comparisons to such quirky pop infiltrators as the Talking Heads, The Pixies and The Strokes. Onstage, the band is arousing and assaulting, coming off somewhere between a riot and a soul revue. Born Ruffians are Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Adam Hindle (drums).

RUFF was written in ebbs and flows: the origin of some tracks stretch back to 2013 and others came together in a matter of days, or in a single band practice. Jeff McMurrich (Jennifer Castle, The Constantines, Fucked Up) recorded RUFF in just three weeks in Toronto. The band’s trusted friend Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Eric Copeland, Owen Pallett) – who produced their acclaimed album, Red, Yellow & Blue, and its follow up, Say It– mixed RUFF in New York.

RUFF stands as a poignant marriage of form, content and process that is without a doubt Born Ruffians’ most focused and mature work to date.

RUFF will be released by Yep Roc worldwide ex-Canada on October 2nd 2015.  Their European tour kicks off in Manchester on the 6th October – dates below.

European Tour Dates:
Oct 06 Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Oct 07 London, UK @ 100 Club
Oct 08 Brighton, UK @ Patterns

Oct 10 Metz, FR @ Les Trinitiatres (Zikametz Festival)
Oct 11 Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloof Bar
Oct 14 Paris, FR –@ La Cigale (MaMA Festival)
Oct 15 Dusseldorf, DE @ FFT
Oct 16 Munich, DE @ Milla
Oct 17 Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine

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