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Red, Yellow & Blue

Born Ruffians

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At the heart of this Canadian trio's sound, the inimitable Jonathan Richman holds court, infusing the Ruffians’ lyrics with his own brand of lovelorn poetry: “Your smile, my smile/Our faces mash a while;” “Won't you please be mine, love / Won't you come outside?”  and “’Life sucks and love is dumb’/Golly, that's a real lie,” are sung by Ruffian Luke Lalonde with equal parts distress and persuasion. The sweetly anthemic “Red Yellow & Blue” drips with lush reverb, Lalonde’s vocals uncannily evoking those of Panda Bear, but moving on to the ragged, folky “Badonkadonkey” and the fluttering, hiccupy “Hummingbird,” the spare, abrupt rhythms and breezy arrangements call to mind Vampire Weekend. A few tracks feel inspired by the clanging guitars and jittery vibe of Modest Mouse, such as “Foxes Mate for Life” which starts out deceptively wobbly and wispy. All that aside, this is fun and fresh music, with some strong original moments, too, such as the lovely, acoustic “Little Garçon” and the nearly a capella “Kurt Vonnegut,” where the band’s talent for playful background vocals and chorus arrangements (both shouted and sung) steal the show.

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Great Stuff

It's an original sound that is drastically needed in today's music world. with no real alternative rock coming out (i mean nothing that sounds any different than anything made within the last 4 years), these guys deliver something new and special. definitely get hummingbird and i need a life. personally, barnacle goose is also a pretty good song.

Really Awesome Sound

Produced by Rusty Santos, the New York mixer behind Animal Collective, you can hear some of the brillance of the AC recordings in Born Ruffians. Its power rock at its finest really, and simply a fun record that scores.

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very good album the music coming out of Canada nowadays is hitting the spot.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Toronto's Born Ruffians feature Luke LaLonde (vocals/guitar), Mitch DeRosier (bass/vocals), and Steve Hamelin (drums). Formed in 2002, the indie rock trio creates a jaunty mix of shifty guitar riffs and hyper-chic vocals for a Pixies-esque shredded kind of sweetness. An appearance at the annual Pop Montreal festival and U.S. tour dates with Hot Chip and Shy Child coincided with the release of Born Ruffians' self-titled debut EP for Warp Records in October 2006. The band's first full-length, Red Yellow...
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