Watch: Born Ruffians (Collective Arts Black Box Sessions)

Luke Lalonde performs two songs from Born Ruffians new album Uncle, Duke & The Chief, live at Indie88 in the Collective Arts Black Box.

Born Ruffians are gearing up to release their new record Uncle, Duke & The Chief. The album follows their 2015 album RUFF, which was made during a period when the band was missing their original drummer and key contributor Steven Hamelin. Frontman Luke Lalonde admits he found himself facing an existential crisis about the band, having fun but feeling unsure of the direction they were taking without Steve. But Hamelin has since returned to the band, and they feel like they’re back to being Born Ruffians in its truest form.

Speaking about the new track “Ring That Bell,” Lalonde said: “I just wrote that on acoustic guitar, but then Mitch and Steve did what they do—the weird bass line, the weird drum beat, the weird shifts—and I was like, ‘That sounds like our band, 100 per cent. That’s a Born Ruffians song at its best.'”

Luke Lalonde stopped by to give us a preview of the new songs, performing “Forget Me” and “Miss You.” “Forget Me” was actually written the day that David Bowie, one of Lalonde’s heroes, passed away. “What really resonated with me about Bowie’s death was how beautiful it was; it wasn’t necessarily a sad thing,” he says. He wrote “Forget Me” about “how the light is something that you should embrace and feel okay going towards it. We’re all doing this together, we’re all on the exact same path—it’s just that some of us are ahead of others.”

Born Ruffians Tour Dates:
March 1st, 2018 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo – w Aron D’Alesio
March 2nd, 2018 – Kingston, ON – The Grad Club – w Aron D’Alesio
March 3rd, 2018 – Kingston, ON – The Grad Club – w Aron D’Alesio
March 7th, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club – w Brave Shores
March 8th, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club – w Brave Shores
March 9th, 2018 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware – w Brave Shores
March 10th, 2018 – St. Catharines, ON – Warehouse – w Brave Shores
March 15th, 2018 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
March 16th, 2018 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
March 17th, 2018 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
March 18th, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
March 19th, 2018 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
March 21st, 2018 – Washington, DC – DC9
March 22nd, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
March 23rd, 2018 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
March 24th, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 4th, 2018 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)
April 5th, 2018 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace – with Brave Shores
April 6th, 2018 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace – Karaoke hosted by Nirvanna The Band The Show
April 7th, 2018 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace – Very Special Guest TBA
April 8th, 2018 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace – All Ages
April 25th, 2018 – London, ON – Rum Runners
April 26th, 2018 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
April 27th, 2018 – Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room at Colectivo
April 28th, 2018 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
April 29th, 2018 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
May 1st, 2018 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
May 2nd, 2018 – Calgary, AB – SAIT’s Gateway
May 3rd, 2018 – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
May 4th, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
May 5th, 2018 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
May 7th, 2018 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
May 8th, 2018 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Long
May 10th, 2018 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 11th, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
May 12th, 2018 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
May 13th, 2018 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
May 14th, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
May 16th, 2018 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
May 17th, 2018 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
May 18th, 2018 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
May 19th, 2018 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
May 27, 2018 – Aachen, DE – Musikbunker
May 28, 2018 – Dortmund, DE – Sissikingkong
May 29, 2018 – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang
May 30, 2018 – Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
May 31, 2018 – Prague, CZ – MeetFactory
June 1, 2018 – Erfurt, DE – Franz Mehlhose
June 2, 2018 – Darmstadt, DE – Bedroomdisco Darmstadt
June 4, 2018 – Roubaix, FR – La Cave au Poétes
June 5, 2018 – Paris, FR – Badaboum
June 6, 2018 – Bristol, UK – Exchange
June 7, 2018 – London, UK – Oslo
June 8, 2018 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
June 9, 2018 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast