Born Ruffians are a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2004, originally from Midland, Ontario, located near Georgian Bay. They are currently signed to Warp Records and Paper Bag Records. The members are Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Steven Hamelin (drums).
The band moved from Midland to Toronto in 2004. After some local performances and a growing online reputation, the band was signed to the UK electronic music label Warp Records. They released their self-titled debut EP in 2006. It was recorded by Ryan Mills at Little King Studio (now Sleepytown Sound). They have received extensive airplay on CBC Radio 3 with their debut single, “This Sentence Will Ruin/Save Your Life,” as well as a cover of Grizzly Bear’s single “Knife” which the band recorded live on KEXP. In 2007, they released the single “Hummingbird,” which was included on their first album Red, Yellow & Blue.

They have toured with Franz Ferdinand, Caribou, Peter Bjorn and John, Hot Chip, The Hidden Cameras, Tokyo Police Club (with whom they have also performed songs with on stage) and The Honorary Title.
They appeared in the British teen drama Skins, playing “Hummingbird” in a Brooklyn night club. The song is also featured in a television advert in the UK for Orange mobile telecommunications’ “Animal” campaign. “Hummingbird” is also featured in a car advertisement in Australia

The band was featured in episode seven of the comedic web series, Nirvana the Band the Show, playing as themselves as they rehearse with a new member of the band. On July 31, 2009 the Born Ruffians played for Nirvana the Band at The Rivoli for the wrap of their web-series. Footage of this show will be included in episode ten.

They toured Australia in January and February 2009 as part of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival along with Girl Talk, Stereolab, Architecture In Helsinki, The Hold Steady, The Drones, Cut Off Your Hands, Four Tet, Tame Impala, El Guincho, Jay Reatard, Buraka Som Sistema Dj/Mc Set, The Temper Trap, No Age and more.
In 2009 they recorded a cover of two Aphex Twin songs for Warp20 (Recreated), a compilation. The follow-up to their 2008 LP, Red, Yellow & Blue, was released June 1, 2010, entitled Say It . The new album was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Toronto and mastered at Rusty Santos’ studio in Brooklyn. The first single from Say It was ‘What To Say’ followed by ‘Nova Leigh’ and ‘Oh Man’.

Born Ruffians announce North American tour. "Birthmarks" now out on Paper bag Records

Born Ruffians Announce Fall Tour Dates

Born Ruffians will embark on a North American tour this fall. On the heels of their release Birthmarks in April of this year, the band has been touring and recently filmed a video for their single, “Needle.”

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Born Ruffians stream "With An Ax" announce tour dates

Born Ruffians Stream Unreleased Track

Born Ruffians are currently streaming the previously unreleased track “With An Ax”. The song is one of the band’s favorites but they felt it stood out better on it’s own so it was left off Birthmarks

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Born Ruffians Set To Release Single

Luke Lalonde says of the track, “The beauty of anonymity is basically the subject of ‘Needle.’ The song mostly centers around the ‘needle in the hay’ as a thing. I think ‘Needle’ and some other songs on Birthmarks are self-reflexive as far as my life

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