Critically acclaimed Toronto band Born Ruffians are premiering the single “Miss You” from their upcoming fifth studio album Uncle, Duke & The Chief (out February 16 on Yep Roc Records) via DIY Magazine.
Frontman Luke Lalonde explains the song’s genesis, “I found this old voice memo on my phone from 2015 called ‘I miss you so much baby.’ It was just the chorus of ‘Miss You’ with vocal and piano, very early ’60s vibe. I guess I just heard it on the right night when I had a guitar at hand and the rest of the song came very quickly.” Lalonde continues, “I think the narrator is a mix of pure ego and emotional suffering. He thinks the people walking by him on the sidewalk actually care about him, or are paying attention to him. This guy is sort of full of himself but he’s proud of his pain and his longing, he feels like it elevates him somehow and he wants to show it off.”
The band has also confirmed a new run of dates on their upcoming North American tour in support of the album beginning April 25 in London, ON. The tour includes a five-night residency in the group’s hometown at Lee’s Palace, with three of the shows already sold out; see below for a list of dates.
The first record since 2013’s Birthmarks to feature the group’s original three-piece lineup of guitarist/vocalist Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier and drummer Steve Hamelin, Uncle, Duke & The Chief is produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen, Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff). Pre-order the album at https://lnk.to/ruffians.
The band recently premiered the video for “Forget Me,” the second track to be released from the forthcoming album. The video stars frontperson Lalonde . Written by Lalonde on the day David Bowie died, he notes that, “what really resonated with me about Bowie’s death was how beautiful it was—it wasn’t necessarily a sad thing.” Lalonde continues, “the light is something that you should embrace and feel okay going towards it.”
The video, directed by Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk, is a continuation of the video for the track “Love Too Soon” which the band recently premiered; watch/share “Love Too Soon” at https://youtu.be/UK9zRpZTCSw.
Lalonde says of the band’s reunited core trio, “We all have the same weird, shorthand language of knowing how to put a song together…it’s really super-fast and efficient.” The album’s writing was greatly informed by both Bowie’s passing as well as a cancer diagnosis for Lalonde’s father.
Formed in rural Ontario, Born Ruffians arrived on the Toronto scene in 2004 and released a self-titled EP in 2006 (XL/Warp Records). Warp Records released their debut full-length album Red, Yellow & Blue and their sophomore effort, 2010’s Say It before joining Yep Roc for 2013’s Birthmarks and 2015’s RUFF. The band has received extensive critical praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Noisey, Magnet Magazine, Under the Radar, the Village Voice and more, and has toured with The New Pornographers, Caribou, Tokyo Police Club, Franz Ferdinand, Peter Bjorn and John, Hot Chip, The Hidden Cameras, Girl Talk, Stereolab, Tame Impala and others.
In addition to his work with Born Ruffians, frontperson Lalonde also recently made his acting debut alongside Tim Heidecker in the feature film Sundowners. The New York Timespraised Lalonde’s “assured film debut,” watch a trailer for the movie at https://youtu.be/r2BHYiy-WTE.
BORN RUFFIANS TOUR DATES:
March 1 Montreal, QC Casa del Popolo
March 2 Kingston, ON The Grad Club
March 3 Kingston, ON The Grad Club
March 7 Ottawa, ON The 27 Club
March 8 Ottawa, ON The 27 Club
March 9 Hamilton, ON Mills Hardware
March 10 St. Catharines, ON Warehouse
March 15 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
March 16 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub
March 17 Nashville, TN The High Watt
March 18 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
March 19 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle Back Room
March 21 Washington, DC DC9
March 22 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
March 23 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
March 24 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 4 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)
April 5 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
April 6 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)
April 7 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)
April 8 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
April 25 London, ON Rum Runners
April 26 Ferndale, MI Loving Touch
April 27 Milwaukee, WI The Back Room at Colectivo
April 28 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
April 29 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
May 1 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
May 2 Calgary, AB SAIT’s Gateway
May 3 Nelson, BC Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
May 4 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club
May 5 Victoria, BC Capital Ballroom
May 7 Seattle, WA Barboza
May 8 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
May 10 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 11 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom
May 12 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
May 13 San Diego, CA The Casbah
May 14 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar
May 16 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
May 17 Omaha, NE Reverb Lounge
May 18 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
May 19 Chicago, IL Subterranean