UNCLE, DUKE & THE CHIEFÂ OUT FEBRUARYÂ 16 ON YEP ROC RECORDS,
PRODUCED BY RICHARD SWIFT (THE SHINS)
Critically acclaimed Toronto bandÂ Born RuffiansÂ are premiering the single â€œMiss Youâ€ from their upcoming fifth studio albumÂ Uncle, Duke & The ChiefÂ (outÂ February 16Â onÂ Yep Roc Records) viaÂ DIY Magazine; listen/share the trackÂ HERE.
FrontmanÂ Luke LalondeÂ explains the songâ€™s genesis, â€œI found this old voice memo on my phone from 2015 called â€˜I miss you so much baby.â€™ It was just the chorus of â€˜Miss Youâ€™ with vocal and piano, very early â€™60s vibe. I guess I just heard it on the right night when I had a guitar at hand and the rest of the song came very quickly.â€ Lalonde continues,Â â€œI think the narrator is a mix of pure ego and emotional suffering. He thinks the people walking by him on the sidewalk actually care about him, or are paying attention to him. This guy is sort of full of himself but heâ€™s proud of his pain and his longing, he feels like it elevates him somehow and he wants to show it off.â€
The band has also confirmed a new run of dates on their upcoming North American tour in support of the album beginningÂ April 25Â inÂ London, ON. The tour includes a five-night residency in the groupâ€™s hometown atÂ Leeâ€™s Palace, with three of the shows already sold out; see below for a list of dates.
The first record since 2013â€™sÂ BirthmarksÂ to feature the groupâ€™s original three-piece lineup of guitarist/vocalist Lalonde, bassistÂ Mitch DeRosierÂ and drummerÂ Steve Hamelin,Â Uncle, Duke & The ChiefÂ is produced byÂ Richard SwiftÂ (The Shins, Foxygen, Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff). Pre-order the album atÂ https://lnk.to/ruffians.
The band recently premiered the video for â€œForget Me,â€ the second track to be released from the forthcoming album. The video stars frontperson Lalonde, watch/share it athttps://youtu.be/0qlo0mhBcGA. Written by Lalonde on the day David Bowie died, he notes that, â€œwhat really resonated with me about Bowieâ€™s death was how beautiful it wasâ€”it wasnâ€™t necessarily a sad thing.â€ Lalonde continues, â€œthe light is something that you should embrace and feel okay going towards it.â€
The video, directed byÂ Leah Fay GoldsteinÂ andÂ Peter DreimanisÂ ofÂ JulyÂ Talk, is a continuation of the video for the track â€œLove Too Soonâ€ which the band recently premiered; watch/share â€œLove Too Soonâ€ atÂ https://youtu.be/UK9zRpZTCSw.
Lalonde says of the bandâ€™s reunited core trio, â€œWe all have the same weird, shorthand language of knowing how to put a song togetherâ€¦itâ€™s really super-fast and efficient.â€ The albumâ€™s writing was greatly informed by both Bowieâ€™s passing as well as a cancer diagnosis for Lalondeâ€™s father.
Formed in rural Ontario, Born Ruffians arrived on the Toronto scene in 2004 and released a self-titled EP in 2006 (XL/Warp Records). Warp Records released their debut full-length albumÂ Red, Yellow & BlueÂ and their sophomore effort, 2010â€™sÂ Say ItÂ before joining Yep Roc for 2013â€™sÂ BirthmarksÂ and 2015â€™sÂ RUFF. The band has received extensive critical praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Noisey,Â Magnet Magazine,Â Under the Radar, theÂ Village VoiceÂ and more, and has toured with The New Pornographers,Â Caribou, Tokyo Police Club, Franz Ferdinand, Peter Bjorn and John, Hot Chip, The Hidden Cameras, Girl Talk, Stereolab, Tame Impala and others.
In addition to his work with Born Ruffians, frontperson LalondeÂ also recently made his acting debut alongsideÂ Tim HeideckerÂ in the feature filmÂ Sundowners. TheÂ New York Timespraised Lalondeâ€™s â€œassured film debut,â€ watch a trailer for the movie