Born Ruffians finally hit the east

Toronto indie-rock heroes Born Ruffians have been too busy canoodling around the rest of the country as well as Europe over the past five years to visit our end of the country.

Do we take it personally though? No. We’re Maritimers after all. And truly, you can’t blame the rest of the world for keeping the band in high demand after they released two strong records in their own right, their 2008 debut Red, Yellow and Blue as well as last year’s acclaimed release Say It.

Born Ruffians will be performing at the Royal Canadian Legion on Lorne Street in Sackville on Wednesday evening, April 6. Show time is set for 8 p.m.

Born Ruffian bassist Mitch DeRosier jokes that he and bandmates Luke Lalonde and Steven Hamlin have been training their livers over the past eight and a half years in anticipation of their imminent Atlantic Canadian dates.

“We’ve also been spending time fine tuning our songs,” DeRosier says. “In all honesty though, I don’t know how it took so long for us to finally get to Atlantic Canada. It is something that has been planned in the past but always seemed to fall through for some reason. We are looking forward to it though; we find it is always exciting to travel somewhere new and see if anybody knows your music.”

Given the band’s rising profile both at home and internationally, it is arguably hard to believe that any self-respecting indie-rock fan wouldn’t have heard of the band despite Mitch’s previous statement to the contrary.

With an estimated five tours of Europe under their belts, DeRosier says that the exceptional response afforded to the band by Europeans has been amazing.

“We are not quite sure what it is but France is very receptive to the band. Whatever it is that is driving our popularity there, it is working really well as we have had some pretty incredible shows there.”

Asked about the band’s experience of touring across the ocean versus here in North America, Mitch says that there tends to be more of an “all for one, one for all” attitude that unites the bands as well as the promoters and staff working their shows.

“Generally for every show, the venue or promoter will take the time to make dinner for everyone so you work into your plans the time to set up and soundcheck and then you go off for dinner with the other bands and sometimes the entire staff.

“In Europe, the show is treated as something everyone is working together on, so everyone eats together and that’s very important to them. I think this idea would be awesome in Canada, if someone were to adopt it. But that’s easy for me to say, because I just show up and eat the food,” he kids.

Despite the out-of-the-gate acclaim that came the band’s way after the release of its debut effort, DeRosier says that the band felt little outside pressure to come up with another “hit” via their sophomore record Say It.

“I believe we’ve always just been concerned about making music for us,” he says. “We are obviously also making it for the people who like our music, but when you start trying to write songs with someone else’s expectations in mind, I feel that you have completely missed the point.”

Article published in April 1, 2011 edition of the Times & Transcript