Following a massively successful Australian tour in 2009 (including St Jerome’s Laneway Festival), Canada’s Born Ruffians return with their highly anticipated new album, ‘Say It’, this 28th May on Warp (Grizzly Bear, Maximo Park, Gonjasufi).
Produced by Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Owen Pallett, Panda Bear), ‘Say It’ is an album that’s smart, ambitious, and characteristically infectious.
“We had two and a half weeks to work on Say It,” Lalonde says, “which wasn’t quite a luxurious amount of time, but it was more luxurious than we had during the sessions for Red, Yellow and Blue, when we had two weeks to record and mix it. Then, we were doing two songs a day.” Again teaming up 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. Not that it was a wasted effort; DeRosier says, “I think it was important that we did that, adding things just to hear how they sounded.”
Having performed on cult UK series ‘Skins’ and toured with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip and Peter, Bjorn & John; Born Ruffians are no strangers to frenzied attention. With a sound that regularly garners comparisons to everyone from Vampire Weekend and The Strokes to Pavement and The Pixies, they make music of kinetic energy and unshakeable confidence.

Make sure you head along and catch May’s SYNapproved Artist, MONEY FOR ROPE.  Details here.
You can also get our thoughts on this week’s Hoist Feature, ‘Innerspeaker’ from Perth’s TAME IMPALA here.
And of course, you can check out this week’s Sweet 16, here