Photo credit: Matt Barnes; album cover

Critically acclaimed Toronto band Born Ruffians are premiering the video for their latest single “Miss You” from their upcoming fifth studio album Uncle, Duke & The Chief (outFebruary 16 on Yep Roc Records) via The 405; watch/share the video at The video is the third in a series starring frontman Luke Lalonde and directed by Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk. It follows the videos for the tracks “Love Too Soon” and “Forget Me.”


Discussing the “Miss You” video, Lalonde notes that “we had a lot of fun working on the third installment in our trilogy of videos that we shot with Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay Goldstein. We spent the day in pretty realistic old man prosthetics and we couldn’t help but be in character the whole time. We went straight method and embodied the role of ‘old weirdos.’ The prosthetic skin felt very real to the touch, it was a glimpse into our potential future.”


The band has also confirmed a slate of European dates in support of the album beginning May 27 in Aachen, Germany. The world tour includes a five-night residency in the group’s hometown at Lee’s Palace, with four of the shows already sold out; see below for a list of dates.


The first record since 2013’s Birthmarks to feature the group’s original three-piece lineup of guitarist/vocalist Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier and drummer Steve Hamelin, Uncle, Duke & The Chief is produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen, Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff). Pre-order the album at


Lalonde says of the band’s reunited core trio, “We all have the same weird, shorthand language of knowing how to put a song together…it’s really super-fast and efficient.” The album’s writing was greatly informed by both Bowie’s passing as well as a cancer diagnosis for Lalonde’s father.


Formed in rural Ontario, Born Ruffians arrived on the Toronto scene in 2004 and released a self-titled EP in 2006 (XL/Warp Records). Warp Records released their debut full-length album Red, Yellow & Blue and their sophomore effort, 2010’s Say It before joining Yep Roc for 2013’s Birthmarks and 2015’s RUFF. The band has received extensive critical praise from NPR, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Noisey, Magnet Magazine, Under the Radar, the Village Voice and more, and has toured with The New Pornographers, Caribou, Tokyo Police Club, Franz Ferdinand, Peter Bjorn and John, Hot Chip, The Hidden Cameras, Girl Talk, Stereolab, Tame Impala and others.


In addition to his work with Born Ruffians, Lalonde also recently made his acting debut alongside Tim Heidecker in the feature film Sundowners. The New York Times praised Lalonde’s “assured film debut,” watch a trailer for the movie at




March 1              Montreal, QC           Casa del Popolo

March 2              Kingston, ON           The Grad Club

March 3              Kingston, ON           The Grad Club

March 7              Ottawa, ON              The 27 Club

March 8              Ottawa, ON               The 27 Club

March 9              Hamilton, ON           Mills Hardware (SOLD OUT)

March 10        St. Catharines, ON       Warehouse

March 15        Cleveland, OH               Grog Shop

March 16        Cincinnati, OH               MOTR Pub

March 17        Nashville, TN                 The High Watt

March 18        Atlanta, GA                     Aisle 5

March 19        Carrboro, NC                  Cat’s Cradle Back Room

March 21        Washington, DC             DC9

March 22        Philadelphia, PA            Johnny Brenda’s

March 23        Cambridge, MA              The Sinclair

March 24        Brooklyn, NY                  Music Hall of Williamsburg

April 4            Toronto, ON                     Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)

April 5            Toronto, ON                     Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)

April 6            Toronto, ON                     Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)

April 7            Toronto, ON                     Lee’s Palace (SOLD OUT)

April 8            Toronto, ON                     Lee’s Palace

April 25          London, ON                      Rum Runners

April 26          Ferndale, MI                     Loving Touch

April 27          Milwaukee, WI                  The Back Room at Colectivo

April 28          Minneapolis, MN              7th Street Entry

April 29          Winnipeg, MB                   Park Theatre

May 1              Edmonton, AB                 Starlite Room

May 2              Calgary, AB                      SAIT’s Gateway

May 3              Nelson, BC                        Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel

May 4              Vancouver, BC                  Fortune Sound Club

May 5              Victoria, BC                       Capital Ballroom

May 7              Seattle, WA                       Barboza

May 8              Portland, OR                     Doug Fir Lounge

May 10            San Francisco, CA           Slim’s

May 11            Los Angeles, CA               Teragram Ballroom

May 12            Santa Ana, CA                   Constellation Room

May 13            San Diego, CA                   The Casbah

May 14            Phoenix, AZ                       Valley Bar

May 16            Denver, CO                         Larimer Lounge

May 17            Omaha, NE                         Reverb Lounge

May 18            St. Louis, MO                      Old Rock House

May 19            Chicago, IL                          Subterranean

May 27            Aachen, DE                          Musikbunker

May 28            Dortmund, DE                      Sissikingkong

May 29            Hamburg, DE                       Hafenklang

May 30            Berlin, DE                             Musik & Frieden

May 31            Prague, CZ                           Meet Factory

June 1             Erfurt, DE                             Franz Mehlhose

June 2             Darmstadt, DE                     Bedroom Disco Open Air

June 4             Roubaix, FR                          La Cave au Poétes

June 5             Paris, FR                               Badaboum

June 6             Bristol, UK                            Exchange

June 7             London, UK                          Oslo

June 8             Manchester, UK                  Soup Kitchen

June 9             Glasgow, UK                       Broadcast

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