Published Jul 02, 2014Last year, Born Ruffians landed on Exclaim!'s cover with their album Birthmarks. Having more recently released a deluxe edition of the record, they're now eyeing the follow-up, which may break away from the more pop-leaning approach of Birthmarks.
Speaking to Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna, frontman Luke Lalonde said of the as-yet-untitled new album, "This next record, I really want it to be fun and somewhere between that live-off-the-floor and that calculated Birthmarks studio vibe. It's a little more instinctual, but it's really locked down in its concept and what we're saying and doing but the music, I want it to be more free. I'm very excited for it."
To go along with this more free-spirited approach, Lalonde also explained that the band are taking a looser approach to membership. While still featuring core members Lalonde (guitar/vocals) and Mitch Deroiser (bass), drummer Steve Hamelin has been in and out of the band by his own choice, and he's currently not a touring member.
"The band has become this elusive concept to us where it's me and Mitch and, outside of that, that's it. Born Ruffians is me and Mitch now," Lalonde said. "Steve is part of that sound so we want him to play on this next record."
He added, "The songs have to go through this filter of me, Mitch, and Steve for it to be Born Ruffians."
That being said, they're moving into an "experimental phase" in which the band is more "open-concept," and there are likely to be a number of different players on the next album.
Stay tuned for more updates from the band. They have some festival dates this summer, and you can see those below.
07/02 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern (TURF club series)
07/04 Toronto, ON - TURF (Fort York)
07/25-27 Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival