Born Ruffians

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Born Ruffians’ new album, Uncle, Duke & The Chief, feels brashly defiant in its embrace of old-school rock ‘n’ roll aesthetics. In lieu of mouse-clicked studio trickery, it invites you to bask in the natural reverb of the handclaps, tambourine rattles, and booming drum beats bouncing off the studio walls. It is a record less concerned with what sounds hip than what feels good.

The very day that David Bowie made his grand exit, Luke Lalonde sat down to write “Forget Me,” the song that opens the new record. Over sunrise-summoning acoustic strums, Lalonde sings, “Someday, a white light will come for you,” before adding a reassuring rejoinder: “to comfort you.” In the grand tradition of The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??”, it’s a song about the inevitability of death that proves to be ecstatically life-affirming. “It’s about how the light is something that you should embrace and feel okay going towards it,” Lalonde says. “We’re all doing this together, we’re all on the exact same path—it’s just that some of us are ahead of others.”

“Forget Me” is the second part of a video series directed by Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk, and features the band’s Luke Lalonde who recently made his acting debut alongside Tim Heidecker in the feature film Sundowners.

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Media

Press

03-27-2018

Born Ruffians share some of their greatest hits with Third Outing! Read the interview now over at the site.

03-14-2018

Read California Rocker’s review of Born Ruffians’ excellent new album, out now via Paper Bag Records!

03-14-2018

Born Ruffians’ new video for “Miss You” is shared over on The New Nine!

03-14-2018

New Music Friday on Spotify featuring music from Born Ruffians, Iskwé, Mathew V, and hill!

02-07-2018

Indiemono add Jade The Moon, Born Ruffians, and Adrian Underhill to their Spotify New Indie/Alternative Songs Mix playlist for the month of February!

02-05-2018

BIRP adds “Miss You” from Born Ruffians on their Spotify playlist!

01-26-2018

OurBasement.ca includes Born Ruffians this week on their Release Radar Spotify Playlist!

01-26-2018

Born Ruffians added to the great Spotify playlist by First! Playlists!

01-20-2018

Born Ruffians on SpinGrey’s new music Spotify playlist!

01-20-2018

Born Ruffians ‘Miss You’ featured on the new music round-up over at April Reviews the Tunes!

01-20-2018

Impose’s Week In Pop features new singles from Born Ruffians and Young Galaxy!

01-20-2018

Born Ruffians getting the add on Rex Dow’s Indie Pop Spotify Playlist!

01-20-2018

Indie 88 covers this week’s Top Indie tracks and includes new ones from Born Ruffians & Young Galaxy!

01-13-2018

Mathew V Music, Born Ruffians & Young Galaxy added to New Music Friday Canada on Spotify this week!

01-13-2018

Born Ruffians’ newest single ‘Miss You’ is Song of the Day on the The Violet Wave!

01-13-2018

Songpickr adds Born Ruffians’ ‘Miss You’ on their Spotify Playlist!

01-13-2018

OpenEars Music featuring Born Ruffians newest single ‘Miss You’.

01-13-2018

The Revue features Born Ruffians’s ‘Forget Me’ on Melodic Tonic!

01-13-2018

DIY shares the woozy new track ‘Miss You’ from Born Ruffians.

01-02-2018

CBC Music’s Top 103 Canadian indie songs includes tracks by Young Galaxy, Born Ruffians, The Elwins, Said The Whale, Scenic Route to Alaska and Iskwé!

01-02-2018

BIRP has Born Ruffians as one of their best of 2017. Check out the playlist!

12-15-2017

BlackPlastic.co.uk has the new Born Ruffians single.

“Forget Me is a beautiful, stark record. A bluesy, ramshackle record that bursts with life whilst it sings its guts out about how we will all die.”

12-15-2017

Checkout Born Ruffians’s ‘Forget Me’ single on Ear To The Ground Music’s New Music Friday!

12-08-2017

The Devil Has The Best Tuna features Born Ruffians new single!

12-08-2017

Glo-Fi Must Die sharing the ‘Forgot Me’ video by Born Ruffians!

12-08-2017

Indeflagration has the new Born Ruffians on their awesome playlist! Take a listen!

12-08-2017

BIRP features Born Ruffians in their Indie Playlist for December 2017!

12-08-2017

Mod Melody features Born Ruffians on their Best Tracks of The Month!

12-08-2017

Born Ruffians ‘Forget Me’ featured on this month’s BIRP playlist over at Spotify!

12-01-2017

We Love That shares the brand new single from Born Ruffians called ‘Forget Me’.

12-01-2017

Born Ruffians makes it onto Fuzzy Logic’s Singles Club feature!

11-27-2017

Double J Music has the new Born Ruffians on their Coffee House Acoustic Spotify Playlist!

11-27-2017

Thanks to Compact Cassette for including Born Ruffians on their Spotify Playlist!

11-27-2017

Something Good Music shares the new Born Ruffians track ‘Forget Me’.

11-27-2017

Thank you The Violet Wave for making new Born Ruffians your Featured Video!

11-27-2017

Born Ruffians included in the new ‘Indie November 2017’ playlist on Spotify!