Born Ruffians have premiered their new album RUFF on NPR, streaming in full one week ahead of release.
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Born Ruffians’ shiftiness and intensity place the group squarely in a post-punk lineage that traces back to rock rantings of the ’70s and ’80s. But LaLonde’s vibrant voice, somehow brash and bratty and bright and chirpy all at once, sounds ever-present while keeping an overbearing sense of history at bay. These are urgent, churning songs that sound like they needed to happen, like gurglings from some nervous and squirmy place deep inside that had to be placated or purged.