If you haven’t heard of Born Ruffians, now is the time to give them a listen! Hailing from Midland, Ontario, Born Ruffians consists of Luke Lalonde on guitar and vocals, Mitch Derosier on bass, Andy Lloyd on guitar and keyboard and Steve Hamelin on drums.
These Canadian indie-rockers have been around since 2004, and you might recognize them from their appearance on the popular British drama “Skins,” where they performed “Hummingbird” in 2008. They’ve also toured with Franz Ferdinand, Caribou, Hot Chip, and Tokyo Police Club.
Now, they’re gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album “Uncle, Duke & The Chief” on February 16 with Paper Bag Records. After that, they embark on their North American tour, with plenty of stops around the Greater Toronto Area. You can find a full list of their tour stops here.
On January 9 they released a new single from the album titled “Miss You.” The single combines the best of 60s folk (with some Bob Dylan influence) and upbeat indie-pop. It’s the kind of song you’ll have on repeat as you’re walking down the street and pretending your life is a music video (who doesn’t do that?).
As reported by Indie88, lead singer Luke Lalonde shares in a press release that the song was inspired by a voice memo on his phone from 2015 called “I miss you so much baby.” He shares that the “early 60s vibe” was there from the start, and that it call came together after that.
Of the song itself, Lalonde describes the narrator as “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.”