Born Ruffians Loto-Québec Stage, Québec City QC, July 4

Born Ruffians Loto-Québec Stage, Québec City QC, July 4
Photo: Matt Bobkin
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It's hard to believe it's been almost ten years since Midland, Ontario natives Born Ruffians first captured Canadian and international attention with their brand of angular, avant-garde indie rock. But as the slight four-piece picked up their instruments at Festival D'ête's packed Loto-Québec stage on Thursday evening, it was clear they have done a lot of maturing since first signing with Warp Records back in 2004. Starting things off with crowd favourites "Badonkadonkey" and "Kurt Vonnegut," lead singer Luke Lalonde commanded the stage with his falsetto yelps and polished riffs. As the sky opened up and began dousing the crowd with sheets of rain, a lull occurred halfway through the set as the band dug into back tracks from their recent Birthmarks LP, even amidst particularly rousing renditions of album highlights "Needle" and "Ocean's Deep." But the audience stuck with them every step of the way, growing more and more energetic until the band finished their set with the chant-heavy climax of Red, Yellow & Blue's "I Need a Life."

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