Interview: Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians (New Album: Squeeze)

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Luke Lalonde (left) and Born Ruffians (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

Canadian post-punks Born Ruffians are known for their high-energy shows, full of bright guitars and biting lyrics. Frontman Luke Lalonde formed the band with his collaborators in 2004, and they have released seven full-length albums and at least another three EPs. In 2020, Born Ruffians released two albums — Juice and Squeeze via Yep Roc Records — after crafting a bunch of songs prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Usually, Born Ruffians are often on the road, including regular stops in DC, where they appear at venues like Black Cat and Rock and Roll Hotel. Indeed, Parklife DC considered Born Ruffian’s 2015 show at the Rock and Roll Hotel to be one of our Top 10 Concerts of the Year. While the pandemic has sidelined touring bands, Luke has been passing the time at home, and he chatted with Parklife DC about the lifeline of touring, creative writing, and the two new Born Ruffians albums.

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Livestream Preview: Modern English @ Indigo at The O2, 9/25/20

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Modern English (Photo courtesy Clarion Call)

After having to recently cancel its summer North American 40th anniversary tour — a run that was to also feature a front-to-back performance of its breakthrough 1982 album After the Snow — legendary British band Modern English provides fans with a broadcast performance of the entire album from the Indigo at The 02 on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:30pm ET in a show specially designated for North America!

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Song of the Day: “Ready to Die” by Body Double

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Body Double (Photo courtesy Force Field PR)

Recently, Oakland post-punk band Body Double shared the third single from its debut LP, Milk Fed, which is due Sept. 18 via Zum. Below, catch the accompanying music video for “Ready to Die” (directed by Dalton Blanco of the band Prissy Whip and co-starring earthworms and grasshoppers).

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Song of the Day: “30th Century War” by Born Ruffians

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Toronto-based indie rockers Born Ruffians — Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch DeRosier (bass), and Steve Hamelin (drums) — return with their second album of 2020. The digital-only SQUEEZE will be out on Oct. 2 via Yep Roc Records.

For your listening pleasure, we present the track “30th Century War” from the new album.

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Livestream Preview: She Past Away @ Dice TV, 6/17/20

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She Past Away (Photo courtesy Reybee Inc.)

Turkey-based post-punk band She Past Away summons classic post-punk sound into a goth-infused blast that has excited an entire genre. The band’s live show ruptures with sprawling ’80s post-punk energy and beckons the masses to join.

And join you can when She Past Away livestreams a show via Dice TV on Wednesday, June 17!

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Song of the Day: “Cameo” by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Photo by Nick Mckk)

Melbourne-based band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will release their highly-anticipated second album, Sideways to New Italy, this Friday, June 5, via Sub Pop. Today, they release the album’s fourth single, “Cameo.” “Cameo” begins with open guitar strums and Fran Keaney’s lone voice, before building to a swirling roar, showcasing a band at the peak of their powers both instrumentally and lyrically.

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Song of the Day: “Impulse Control” by VOWWS

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VOWWS (Photo by Eric Fain)

LA-based duo VOWWS reveal the official video for their latest single “Impulse Control.” The song arrives on the heels of a partially completed world tour with Poppy (including a stop at U Street Music Hall) during which time VOWWS wrote the menacing, angular DEFCON 1 anthem.

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