Born Ruffians announce the release of their new single “Needle,” off their forthcoming album, Birthmarks.
Luke Lalonde says of the track, “The beauty of anonymity is basically the subject of ‘Needle.’ The song mostly centers around the ‘needle in the hay’ as a thing. I think ‘Needle’ and some other songs on Birthmarks are self-reflexive as far as my life and identity as a musician in a band. ‘Needle,’ to me, is really about being out of the game for a bit and losing touch with that identity in a good way. I think moving through your mid-twenties and not really doing what other people your age might be doing, or what a lot of people my age feel like they should be doing – like a PhD, or buying a house, or having a real job with a salary and benefits – is a bit like the needle falling through the haystack and losing the more youthful ‘the world is my oyster’ feeling. It’s about finding a way to belong in the landscape of music and also just in my life.
The Ontario-based four-piece Born Ruffians will release their upcoming third long-player, Birthmarks on Yep Roc in the United States on April 16th.The twelve-track album was written and demoed over the past three years and was produced by Roger Leavens at Boombox Sound in Toronto.
A key ingredient to the creation of Birthmarks was a remote farmhouse in rural Ontario. The band wanted to return to the days spent writing their debut, Red, Yellow & Blue when they lived together and “whenever we had an idea we could work it out right there that moment.” Their time spent at the farmhouse was often hilarious and was documented on video which can be viewed here.
While some of Birthmarks was born on the farm, many of the songs were conceived long before. Luke Lalonde would write and demo constantly on his laptop, at home and on tour: Toronto, Montreal, Midland, Australia, France, Germany… everywhere. Several songs were realized during the recording process in the studio.
“We don’t want to tell you about what we think we sound like,” says the band’s Mitch DeRossier. “We can tell you that this record will sound different. These songs lived with us, toured with us, got drunk with us and made our ears ring. Now, we get to hit the road and start making your ears ring.”
With Her Shadow
Too Soaked To Break
Dancing On The Edge Of Our Graves