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Born Ruffians Look Back at Band’s Earliest Days on “Wavy Haze”


Toronto trio Born Ruffians have released “Wavy Haze,” the closing track from their forthcoming album JUICE, which is scheduled for an April 3 release on Yep Roc!

Discussing the new track, guitarist/vocalist Luke Lalonde stated, “I moved to Toronto after high school. As a band we all lived together in one house—Mitch, Steve, and I, with our friend Joel. I remember stacks of beers (Brava, Sol, and Labatt’s 50), jamming in the basement, writing in my bedroom, with lots of anxiety and stuff going around me then too. I know I was mostly miserable at the time, but I remember it fondly. The song’s lyrics came from that juxtaposition—looking back with a mix of longing, loss, relief, regret, and growth through this wavy haze of memory.”

15 years into their career, this group of friends—Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier, and drummer Steve Hamelin—have doubled down on their commitment to their artistic integrity and vision. JUICE, the Born Ruffians’ sixth full-length record, is a hyper, earnest, and affecting collection of rock & roll songs that they wrote and polished over a three-year span and ultimately sewed together into a cohesive, relentless, and uniquely enjoyable experience. It’s Born Ruffians as they’ve always been—creating on their own terms, heads against the wind until their work is done.

Tour Dates:
March 12 – Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall
March 21 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Concert Hall
March 28 – Creemore, ON @ Avening Hall
May 1 – Midland, ON @ Midland Cultural Centre
May 8 – Burnstown, ON @ Neat Café
May 9 – Stittsville, ON @ Rainmaker Brewhouse
May 19 – Dunkerque, FR – 4 Ecluses
May 21 – Cologne, DE @ Yuca ^
May 22 – Darmstadt, DE @ BED x 806qm
May 23 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
May 24 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club ^
May 25 – Dresden, DE @ Ostpol
May 27 – Munich, DE @ Orangehouse ^
May 28 – Stuttgart, DE @ Merlin
May 29 – Luzern, [email protected] Sedel Club
May 30 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
June 1 – Southampton, UK – Engine Room
June 2 – London, UK @ Colours
June 3 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
June 4 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
June 5 – Glasgow, UK @ Hug & Pint
June 6 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s

^ w/ Tokyo Police Club

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