Born Ruffians

Toronto’s Born Ruffians feature Luke LaLonde (vocals/guitar), Mitch DeRosier (bass/vocals), and Steve Hamelin (drums). Formed in 2002, the indie rock trio creates a jaunty mix of shifty guitar riffs and hyper-chic vocals for a Pixies-esque shredded kind of sweetness. An appearance at the annual Pop Montreal festival and U.S. tour dates with Hot Chip and Shy Child coincided with the release of Born Ruffians’ self-titled debut EP for Warp Records in October 2006. The band’s first full-length, Red Yellow & Blue, arrived in spring 2008. They returned with 2010’s Say It, which the band recorded in two weeks with producer Rusty Santos.

Nine months after the release of Shy Pursuit, The Spinto Band swiftly returns with a new full-length record, Cool Cocoon. Recorded again at their Delaware studio and released on Spintonic Recordings, the album represents a remarkable change of pace. There is more collaboration between songwriters, more spontaneity in the recording process and a distinctively focused sonic direction. Combined, these elements have formed their most cohesive album to date.
Like the caterpillar and the moth, the recordings on Cool Cocoon have elements which are related yet disparate. The tight pop arrangements of "Amy + Jen" are in stark contrast with the airy abstractions of "Static", which are both juxtaposed against the vastly stripped down "Look Away". These songs are wholly different beings who all share the same DNA. The record often combines their pristine studio production with more of the carefree experimentation from the band's early basement recording days. As heard on the debut single "Shake It Off", the song quickly falls from buoyant piano pop into a murky sea of cassette tape warble. Many of the songs rely on this balance of order and entropy, both sonically and spiritually.

All in all, it's something you'd expect from the Spinto Band: familiar, but also like nothing you've ever heard. There is a keen awareness of their past connected with a look towards the future. To hear such contrast within a modern pop record is refreshing, and it is even more rewarding when these variations and oppositions work sympathetically with one another. With Cool Cocoon, you're hearing a time-lapse of The Spinto Band's metamorphosis.

Formed as a bedroom recording project by singer/guitarist John Robinson in 2008, Turf War became a full band in mid-2009 and began to grow a local following in their hometown of Augusta, GA before moving to Atlanta. Their style is gritty, Southern-tinged indie punk rock, with major influences from The Replacements, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, and 60 years of rock and roll. Following two years of touring, Turf War’s debut album "Years Of Living Dangerously" was released on Old Flame Records in October 2011 with production by Ian St Pé of The Black Lips. The album's single "Cheers To The Years" made its way to Sirius XMU rotation shortly after release and was featured in Season 3 of Showtime's Shameless. 2012 held for a major influx of live shows for Turf War, touring the southeast, midwest, and east coast, with festival stops at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Savannah Stopover, Governors Ball Music Festival, and Firefly Festival. They will release the first single "Born To Run Free" off their new EP, The Great Escape, on April 2nd via Converse and hit the road the week after. Catch Turf War on their headline tour this April across the southeast with more spring & summer tour announcements coming soon.

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Born Ruffians with The Spinto Band, Turf War

Sunday, June 16 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Brooklyn Bowl

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