MIXTAPE

BORN
RUFFIANS

Image by Loïc Lusnia

The Hook mixtape is compiled through a series of music related questions. Each artist who fills it out can answer as many or as few of the questions as they wish, and elaborate on their choices, or let them speak for themselves. 

Artist

Born Ruffians

Location

Toronto, Canada

Members

Luke Lalonde (vocals, guitar), Mitch Derosier (bass), Steve Hamelin (drums)

FYI

Born Ruffians just released their album JUICE, the 6th full length since the band formed in 2004.

Press Clippings

“Juice finds Born Ruffians at their songwriting peak. Instant, catchy, and concise, with enough complexity and reflection to make it more than just a throwaway pop album. For the music world to miss out on this record wouldn’t be surprising, but it would be a crime.” 

- Secret Meeting

The last piece of music you paid for (streaming doesn’t count)

Mitch: I purchased Sarah McLachlin’s “Angel” on iTunes to make a stupid video for my cousin.

Your favourite place to listen to music

Luke: I listen mostly to music in my car. But my favourite place is lying on a comfy couch and listening in headphones. I don’t do that often enough though… dedicate special time to simply listening to an album.

A song which reminds you of your childhood

Luke: The first thing that comes to mind is Glenn Miller Orchestra - maybe Pennsylvania 6-5000. I used to spend a lot of my after school (and lunch) time with my grandparents. They loved all that WWII era music. I think Glenn Miller was sorta like the Beatles to Charlie, my Poppa. He would sing all the words when we drove around listening to the AM oldies station that played all that stuff.  

Your go-to karaoke song

Mitch: “Callin’ Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks. A fun song to sing that’s apparently about a guy slowly coming to the realization that he may have slept with a minor on tour? Seriously, the lyrics are… interesting. “A replay of last night’s events roll through my mind / except a scene or two replaced by sweet red wine”.

A song which could change the world if everyone heard it

Steve: 'Imagine', but only if sung by Gal Gadot and her celebrity friends. 

A song you’d rather never hear again

Luke: Taking Care of Business by BTO

A song which reminds you of someone you don’t see anymore

Luke: At Least That's What You Said - Wilco

A song which gets you in the mood (for dancing)

Steve: “Rasputin” by Boney M. I gave myself a hernia dancing to this song.

A song which gets you in the mood (for romancing)

Steve: “Callin Baton Rouge”, karaoke nights can get a little complicated. 

The soundtrack to your last holiday

Luke: I wish it wasn’t, but that newest Maroon 5 song called Memories. I went to Vietnam with my partner and we’d hear it at least three times a day. We’d hear a lot of American pop songs but never the original version. It’d be someone else doing an extremely faithful cover of a Billie Eilish song or something. If you listened closely, you could tell it wasn’t her singing. I have no idea what the deal was… 

A song which has changed your mind

Luke: Are we talking changed my mind about an issue, like whether or not the Marvel movies are real cinema? Or changed my mind formatively? I’ll go with the latter and say Violence by Parquet Courts. A lot of Andrew Savage’s lyrics have changed my mind. He’s the same age as me but I look up to him, his art and his intellect. That song is an essay. It’s incredible. I love everything he writes. 

A song which makes you cry

Luke: Mary by Big Thief. A lot of Big Thief songs make me cry every single time  I listen to them. She is, in my opinion, the best poet and lyricist alive right now. The melody and lyrics of Mary work abstractly on my brain and pull emotion out like a magnet.

A song which makes you laugh

Luke: Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy makes me laugh, his lyrics are funny without being stupid. That song is great. I love the line “and who are actually, really really nice” and the way he delivers it… It encapsulates a type of person we all know, or maybe a type of person we all have a bit of within us. It’s hard to do what he does lyrically… very hard. 

A song which tells a story

Luke: Long Black Veil is my favourite story song I think. I love the Band’s version of it best.

A song which gives you goosebumps

Luke: I sort of define good music on this criteria and this criteria alone. Or at least I define the music I love this way. There are too many to mention. Let’s say Edd Tide by Rosemary Clooney. 

A song which makes you feel empowered

Mitch: “Danny Nedelko” by IDLES makes me wanna run through a wall.

An artist you regret never having seen live

Luke: Aretha Franklin or David Bowie.

An artist you hope to see live soon

Mitch: Anybody, at this rate.

A gig you’ll never forget

Luke: Luke Temple opening for Adrianne Lenker in Toronto at the Longboat Hall in Toronto. Two of my favourite songwriters… Adrianne had a power over the room I had never seen before. I felt like the entire room was floating and we were all sort of contained inside of an organism together. She was warmth incarnate. 

An album you know by heart

Mitch: Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge of Town

A cover which is better than the original

Steve: I think I like the Violent Femmes version of “Children of the Revolution” slightly more than T-Rex’s. 

A song you first heard on a film soundtrack

Steve: “Halcyon” by Orbital on the Hackers soundtrack. What a song. What a movie. 

A song you love in a foreign language

Steve: “Jat Mahibathi” - Yemen Blues 

An instrumental song you love

Steve: “Opening” from Glassworks - Philip Glass

A song which gets stuck in your head

Steve: “If I Had a Million Dollars” - Barenaked Ladies. It’s most displeasing to have stuck in your head, but it’s a prank my girlfriend plays on me. She’ll purposely get it in my head by singing about three words. Now it’s in my head.

A recent musical discovery

Blake: Down on the Beach By the Road - Steve Hiett. It’s from 1983 but new to me. Amazing record.

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