Canadian indie rockers Born Ruffians make driving, post-punk-inspired music full of spindly guitars, syncopated rhythms, and soaring sing-along vocals. At their dynamic live shows the band takes audiences on an epic journey, tearing through anthemic tracks like "I Need a Life" and "Permanent Hesitation" with a mixture of adrenaline-fueled energy and focused intensity. They're masters of tension and release, building suspense with dramatic pauses and adding depth to their songs with ambient guitar textures. Whether they're playing early cuts like "Hummingbird" or performing songs from their acclaimed 2015 album Ruff, Born Ruffians always impress with their stylish indie rock sound and electrifying stage presence.
Born Ruffians formed in Midland, Ontario in 2004 and relocated to Toronto later that year. Their early performances and a growing online reputation attracted the attention of UK imprint Warp Records, and in 2006 the band issued their self-titled debut EP on the label. Lead single "This Sentence Will Ruin/Save Your Life" received heavy airplay on Canadian radio, drawing the band out for extensive touring alongside groups like Franz Ferdinand and Peter Bjorn and John. Their rise continued in 2008 with the release of their full-length debut album Red, Yellow & Blue, which got a boost when it was featured on the popular British drama Skins. More touring followed, including a string of Australian dates for the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival with bands like Girl Talk, Stereolab, and Tame Impala. Born Ruffians’ fourth album Birthmarks was written over the course of three years on the road, and critics hailed the record's mature sound and dynamic, harmony-filled tracks like "Needles". With their fifth album Ruff generating buzz in 2015, Born Ruffians have fans eagerly awaiting to experience the new material in concert.