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Born Ruffians

Delivering a playful variety of indie rock that weaves shifting guitar patterns though spare, hooky melodies and sweet but snarky vocals, Born Ruffians are a band that was formed in Midland, Ontario, Canada in 2002 by guitarist and singer Luke LaLonde, his cousin Mitch DeRosier on bass and vocals, and drummer Steve Hamelin. Originally named Mornington Drive (the group self-released an EP under that handle, though LaLonde claims he doesn't have a copy), the three musicians moved to Toronto in 2004, and soon changed the group's name to Born Ruffians. The trio earned a reputation on the Toronto club circuit for their witty songs and lively stage show, and their first demo helped them land a record deal with the British electronic label Warp Records, who handled their releases in North America, while XL Recordings became their label in Europe and Paper Bag released their music in Canada. Their self-titled debut EP was released in 2006, and the band toured the U.K. and North America, landing a cameo on the popular British TV series Skins. In 2008, Born Ruffians released their first full-length album, Red Yellow & Blue, but despite strong reviews, they began feeling pressure from their label and management after the album didn't sell as well as expected. Hamelin briefly left the band, but returned in time for the sessions for 2010's Say It, while the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of Andy Lloyd on guitar and keyboards. Primarily written in the studio, Say It received mixed notices, with many feeling the material wasn't up to Born Ruffians standards. The band took time off to regroup, and LaLonde released a solo album, Rythymnals, in late 2012, but in April 2013, the group came back together with their third album, Birthmarks, primarily written during a collective retreat in rural Ontario, which became the first release in Born Ruffians' new American deal with Yep Roc. After the first round of touring in support of Birthmarks, Hamelin left Born Ruffians for good, and Adam Hindle signed on as the band's new drummer. In 2015, Born Ruffians returned with their fourth full album, Ruff. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Birthmarks

1. Needle

2. 6-5000

3. Ocean's Deep

4. Permanent Hesitation

5. Cold Pop

6. Golden Promises

7. Rage Flows

8. So Slow

9. With Her Shadow

10. Too Soaked To Break

11. Dancing On The Edge Of Our Graves

12. Never Age

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Track List: Say It

1. Oh Man

2. Retard Canard

3. Sole Brother

4. What To Say

5. The Ballad Of Moose Bruce

6. Higher & Higher

7. Come Back

8. Nova-Leigh

9. Blood, The Sun & Water

10. At Home Now

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Track List: Red Yellow & Blue

1. Red, Yellow And Blue

2. Barnacle Goose

3. Hummingbird

4. I Need A Life

7. Foxes Mate For Life

8. Hedonistic Me

9. In A Mirror

10. Kurt Vonnegut

11. Red Elephant

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Track List: Born Ruffians

1. This Sentence Will Ruin / Save Your Life

2. Hedonistic Me

3. Piecing It Together

4. I'm One Of Those Girls

5. Merry Little Fancy Things

6. 7th Son

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Track List: Hummingbird

1. Hummingbird

2. Knife

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Track List: I Need A Life

1. I Need A Life

2. So Long, Tadpole

3. Hummingbird (Acoustic)

4. I Need A Life (Four Tet Remix)

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Track List: Little Garcon +

2. Ready For Bed

3. Coldness Hot

4. Wedding Rings And Midnight Strollers

5. Red, Yellow & Blue (White Williams Remix)

6. I Need A Life (Four Tet Remix)

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Track List: Nova-Leigh

1. Nova-Leigh

2. Like When You

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Track List: Plinky Plonk EP

1. Plinky Plonky

2. Like When You

3. First Date Kid

4. Retard Canard II

5. Pool Party Fun

6. What To Say (Vowls Remix)

7. Nova-Leigh (Acorn Remix)

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still love this band oh maannnnnnnnn
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loubro2006
RUFF
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"Seen em 1000 times, can't wait till they come back to portlandia" c'mon hipsters y'all tripping sayin that type of sh*
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Mitochondria is the power house of the cell
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Seen them 5 times now. Love their new album. Can't wait till they get back to Seattle!
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They are so amazing. When do their shows start back up?!
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I swear the lead singer sounds a bit like Dave Monks from Tokyo Police Club sometimes
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Born ruffians create such a funky free feel . No cares
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xavierdeloss a n t o s 3
Saw them in Detroit maybe 100 people there...amaz i n g one of my favorite live shows
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Dig it.
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krhowell34
they were AWesome in NYC last week
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naapilando
Cant wait till they come to Seattle!!!
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such a good band
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Born Ruffians = amazing
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I could see Violent Femmes - I think the vocal style is most like a slightly more intelligible Cap'n Jazz
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elambers
They DO kick a** live and Luke certainly IS foxy fine! Heard them in Chicago at the Empty Bottle. I hope they do really well for themselves. I think they've got a unique sound no matter their influences.
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ill7911
Took a few listens, but I really like the new album. Don't be sleepin on the Ruffians.
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I saw them live and they did sooo well. Fantastic mix of old and new albums. Doesn't hurt that Luke LaLonde is foxy fine.
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pinkfluffyst u f f
They perform Hummingbird on Skins <>:{D
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margaret.11
red yellow and blue is better than their self titled. but both are good. heard they kick a** live?
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I love this! They do sing like Animal Collective, but with less scattered lyrics and thoughts.
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thanks pandora! :D
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ill7911
Saw them open for Tokyo Police Club. They sound great live.
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they make my a** twitch
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lustwithwing s
They sing like animal collective
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love it...sounds like Pixies crossed with old XTC
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luckylittle_ s h a r k
Me too.
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The Born Ruffians make me feel like a teenage boy.

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