Canadian indie rockers Born Ruffians have spent more than decade establishing themselves as a first-rate outfit in their homeland without ever breaking out in the United States. The rock-solid “Ruff” is the quartet’s fourth full-length album and, while not their best work to date (that would be 2010’s sophomore LP “Say It”), serves as a nice introduction to anyone unfamiliar with this talented band.
Frontman Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals) is the driving creative force behind Born Ruffians and he shines throughout “Ruff.” Rounding out the lineup are Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboards) and Adam Hindle (drums). Born Ruffians have has earned comparisons to the likes of Talking Heads and The Strokes, and there’s a definite Vampire Weekend vibe evident on this 11-track, 39-minute platter.
Among the highlights here are “Don’t Live Up,” “When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away,” “& On & On & On,” “F*** Feelings,” “(Eat S***) We Did It” and “Let Me Get It Out.” Born Ruffians are a band that deserve to be on your radar. (Jeffrey Sisk)