Born Ruffians released their third record Birthmarks back in April. So, to find out more about their thoughts on the LP, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with the Midland, Ontario quartet to talk about touring, getting punched in the face in Paris, wrestling, and lip-syncing in kindergarten.
AMBY: Hello Born Ruffians, thanks for chatting with AMBY. What’s the band been up to?
Born Ruffians: This past April, we released our third LP, “Birthmarks”. We’ve been on the road since before it came out, and now we’re getting ready to head to Europe to play some shows.
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Born Ruffians?
Born Ruffians: I feel like Foxes Mate For Life would be one. It’s the song that was never a single but somehow is a favourite of almost everyone who comes to see us. It’s a singalong in 5/4. That pretty much sums up our band. The other two songs are David Wilcox songs.
AMBY: You released your record Birthmarks earlier this year. Which songs are your favourite off the album?
Born Ruffians: Right now I want to say So Slow. It’s completely weird and doesn’t really sound like us at all. The drums are also almost uncomfortable loud and I love it.
AMBY: We know that you’ve been touring North America and will soon venture out to the UK, France, then Germany. What’s the best and worst parts of touring?
Born Ruffians: Best: Food.
Worst: Side effects of said food.
Best: Seeing the world.
Worst: Driving 10 hours a day for four days straight whilst clinging to what’s left of your sanity.
Best: Playing shows, meeting fans, getting to see other awesome bands.
Worst: Getting punched in the face in Paris.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Born Ruffians: Um:
AMBY: Which Born Ruffians lyric is your favourite?
Born Ruffians: The one where Luke managed to sneak the line “sister fister” in a song. Don’t think anyone caught that.
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
Born Ruffians: I don’t think I’ve ever wished I wrote a song that already exists. I feel like songwriting is pretty personal, and wishing you wrote someone else’s song would be like wishing you had someone else’s life, which is pretty dark. Unless if you mean have I ever wished I wrote a song because it was a huge hit and made a bunch of money, then yeah, probably. I do love money.
AMBY: We saw a photo of some wrestling action figures when you were in Wolfe Island. Are the band wrestling fans, and if so, who’s the ultimate wrestler?
Born Ruffians: This is the hardest question. You can’t just go and ask who the ultimate wrestler is without some qualifiers. I’m so torn I want to powerbomb my laptop right now. But if you’re gonna hold a gun to my head, then I’m sorry Bret Hart, but the best wrester in the world right now is Daniel Bryan.
AMBY: What would the fortune teller predict about Born Ruffians down the road?
Born Ruffians: Fame, fortune, a life of good health and prosperity. But I don’t know if you can trust a fortune teller.
AMBY: What’s the best song of the year so far?
Born Ruffians: Fuckin’ Problems by ASAP Rocky was blared nightly in our tour van this Spring. Like, to the point of it getting awkward. (It came out at the end of last year but I don’t care so nyah).
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Born Ruffians that nobody knows yet?
Born Ruffians: Luke and I lip-synced as Ray Charles and Roy Orbison in kindergarten.
Thank you Born Ruffians, for giving us your answers!
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