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Ep. #108: Born Ruffians

Born Ruffians are a terrifically sharp indie-rock band whose latest album is called Birthmarks. Released in 2013 via Paper Bag Records, it’s the band’s third record and found them exploring more polished pop production. On Sunday July 27, Born Ruffians are playing the penultimate Main Stage set at the 2014 Hillside Festival so I tracked down singer, guitarist, and songwriter Luke Lalonde and bassist Mitch DeRosier at Ronnie’s Local in Kensington Market where they drank and we chatted about the visceral reaction people might have when they see Constantines and/or the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat play again, hanging out together in Elora at Riverfest last summer, Shirley Temple, Ashley MacIsaac, my unwanted festival advances, how Born Ruffians set the table for Serena Ryder, if the band has hang-ups about its status in this country, Cam Lindsay does his research, Luke does an impressive array of improvised impressions, the Canadian music industry, being nominated for the ‘Breakthrough Group of the Year’ at the Junos after being around for 12 years, always being a new band to someone, drinking with your tiny baby at Ronnie’s Local, Luke and Mitch are second cousins, I own a Beatles t-shirt older than people in Born Ruffians, family ties, the weird, lawsuit-baiting restaurant that Mitch’s family owned in Midland, Luke forced Mitch to play bass after travelling through time, Steve Hamelin got inspired to buy a drum kit, musical dads, Mitch reads other people’s sad texts, getting into music on your own, the Minutemen and the Unicorns, discovering bands and punk aggression, the bold pop moves of Birthmarks, the weirdness around making Say It, losing Steve the drummer at least twice, Luke and Mitch have been drinking, Steve will play on the new record but other drummers might too, there are 150 songs written towards the new Born Ruffians song, no, there are zero new songs written, Born Ruffians killed a guy, Mac DeMarco’s friend Chas interrupts this interview, there’s a secret Makeout Videotape show happening during NXNE either on the Saturday or the Sunday, I offended Chas, the dove-eating story could’ve been way better, Hillside hat-trick, the song “Oh Cecilia,” dove’s D, and scene.

Related links: bornruffians.com hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com

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Luke Lalonde (Born Ruffians) on MVIMS – 09/15/2010

good evening,

This week the Mich Vish Interracial Morning Show! is pleased to welcome Luke Lalonde, the lead singer and guitarist of Toronto’s Born Ruffians to the program at 8:05 AM EST.


Born Ruffians

To learn more about listening live or downloading/streaming this show later, please visit this link or perhaps even this link to hear this and/or other recent episodes.

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KYEO/CSA Present: Born Ruffians + Fond of Tigers – 09/16/2010

Thursday September 16, 2010
KYEO & The CSA Present:

BORN RUFFIANS
+
FOND OF TIGERS


Born Ruffians

If Born Ruffians’ 2008 debut album Red Yellow and Blue was the result of a talented and precocious gang of freshmen, their 2010 follow-up, Say It, would be the project they left school to finish — a declaration that they’re smart and ambitious enough to make it on their own, and furthermore, that they’re in it for the long haul.

Taking two weeks to record the album, the band finds itself teaming up again with producer Rusty Santos.  The Ruffians and co. holed up at Mississauga’s Metalworks studio and loosed the reins on their ambitions, experimenting with Minimoogs and saxophones before eventually scaling much of it back in the mixing process. The result is a very mature album, further amplifying the band’s unique voice and sound, ready to take them as far as they want to go.


Fond of Tigers

Continent & Western–simultaneously more experimental and more accessible than previous Fond of Tigers releases–shows the band honing its unique blend of avant-garde textures and post-rock structures while expanding its range to include vocals and additional members. Toronto’s Sandro Perri (Constellation Records) lends vocals and lyrics to “Vitamin Meathawk”, while Swedish experimenter Mats Gustafsson brings his intense saxophone and electronics push to “Grandad”. Bandleader Stephen Lyons also takes the microphone for the lush, unhurried closing track, “Upheaval”.

While the textures and tonalities of experimental improv are still present, Continent & Western emphasizes song structure and melodic detail over some of the more esoteric directions taken on 2007’s Release the Saviours.

Called “post-everything”, Fond of Tigers have been developing their hypnotic and intense music since 2003. Since its origins as a solo project of guitarist Stephen Lyons, the group has expanded to include its signature double-drumkit attack and processed violin and trumpet textures along with the artfully layered hooks. Featuring seven of Vancouver’s leading creative musicians, Fond of Tigers play a layered, nuanced music that explores musical possibilities ranging from the smallest gesture of extended technique, to the full avant-rock bombast possible with a wild, double-drum-kit-led septet. The group has shared stages with Tortoise, Deerhoof, the Grande Mothers, Shad, Mats Gustafsson, Sandro Perri, Chad VanGaalen, and others. Notoriously hard to categorize, Fond of Tigers continue to evolve and explore a musical territory in the outlands of avant-rock.

Special Guest:

DJ Charless

Thursday September 16, 2010
The Ebar 41 Quebec St. Guelph
Doors at 10:00 PM
All-ages/Licensed

$10 with non-perishable food item
$12 without

Tickets Available:
The Bookshelf – 41 Quebec St. – Guelph
Orange Monkey – 005 Princess St. – Waterloo
CSA Office – University of Guelph – UC Room 274
(non-perishable food items will be accepted at ticket outlets)

All proceeds benefit Out on the Shelf
All food items collected will benefit the Guelph Food Bank.

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UPCOMING KYEO/CSA SHOWS:

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14: CARIBOU – THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. GUELPH – 9:30 PM – $20 w/food donation /$22 – AA/LIC benefit for: GUELPH FOOD BANK www.caribou.fm www.russianfuturists.com

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28: CFRU GLAM SLAM BALL – ft. KING NEPTUNE & HIS TRIDENTS – SHEEZER @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – 10:00 PM – $12 w/food donation /$14 – AA/LIC benefit for: www.cfru.ca

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12: JASON COLLETT – AL TUCK – BRY WEBB @ Dublin Street United Church – 68 SUFFOLK ST. W. – GUELPH – ? PM – $? – AA www.sundaycinema.ca www.arts-crafts.ca

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18: GRAND ANALOG – D-SISIVE @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – 10:00 PM – $12 w/food donation /$14 – AA/LIC benefit for: www.outontheshelf.ca www.myspace.com/grandanalog www.myspace.com/dsisive

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15: STAY OUT OF THE MALL IX – RICKWHITEALBUM – ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS – RICHARD LAVIOLETTE & THE OIL SPILLS @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – 9:30 PM – $10 w/food donation /$12 – AA/LIC benefit for: www.cancer.ca www.myspace.com/rickwhitealbum www.myspace.com/1hundreddollars www.myspace.com/richardlavioletteandtheoilspills

THURSDAY DECEMBER 16: STAY OUT OF THE MALL IX – TBA – METZ – PS I LOVE YOU @ Ebar – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – 9:30 PM – $10 w/food donation /$12 – AA/LIC benefit for: www.cancer.ca www.myspace.com/metztheband www.myspace.com/psiloveyouband

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