Artist of the Week: Born Ruffians

(photo by Tim Saccenti )

This week’s BTR Artist of the Week is none other than our long time favorite three piece, the Toronto-based Born Ruffians. The Canadian outfit consists of Luke Lalonde on guitar and vocals, Mitch Derosier on bass and Steven Hamelin on drums. 2006 was an important year for the Ruffians, as they made their debut with a self titled, six song EP, that was released on Warp Record.  The band then toured through Canada and the United States three times, and then made three trips to Europe, in between their debut and the recording of their latest album. They also shared bills with the likes of Peter Bjorn and John, Hot Chip, and The HIdden Cameras.  The new album, entitled Red, Yellow, and Blue, was released on March 4, 2007 in North America, once more via Warp. The English label is home of other BTR favorites such as Battles, Grizzly Bear, Autchere and !!! (chk,chk,chk). Red, Yellow and Blue is the band’s first proper full length, coated with eleven insanely terrific tunes including titles such as “Badonkadonkey”, “Foxes Mate For Life”, and “Barnacle Goose”. At the beginning of April, the group cancelled a number of their dates after their singer, Luke, lost his voice. His doctor recommended he take some time off from singing, but the band rescheduled their shows to the delight of their adoring fans. Born Ruffians just finished their North American tour this past Saturday, on April 26, where they had shared the stage with Cadence Weapon. They celebrated with an album release of Red, Yellow and Blue at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. The band is scheduled to hit the road again with a European tour in May. The tour will feature the Ruffians, of course, along with fellow Canadians Caribou (another BTR favorite), whom the band previously toured with in 2007.
Listen up for music from Born Ruffians all week here on BreakThru Radio and if you get a chance be sure to catch their live set, you will not be disappointed!

Catch Born Ruffinas LIVE:

May 08  –  Amersham Arms –  London, England

May 10  –  All Tomorrow’s Parties! –  Camber Sands, England

May 12  –  Arts Center  –  Norwich, England

May 13  –  Barfly  –  Cambridge, England

May 14  –  Roadhouse –  Manchester, England

May 15  –  Scala  –  London, England

May 16  –  The Beach  –  Brighton, England

May 17  –  Taylor John’s House  –  Coventry, England


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