The Born Ruffians

The Born Ruffians' EP Release Party -- REVIEW

The Born Ruffians, Toronto's next big thing, decided to put on a party to celebrate the release of their EP. The party took place at Neutral as a dance party began the festivities around 10pm. By 11.30, the place was rammed. Moving involved having to either climb over people or telekinesis.

The Ruffians began their set with their traditional huddle-over-the-mic sing along. Going back to when I first saw them in February, the huddle was the first thing I remembered about the band. After seeing them so many times, you can't help but learn the words and then, eventually, sing along with them. They kicked into their set with a quick pace and they managed to get the front rows dancing. The band is very up on using confetti, especially as of late. The dance-floor, the stage and even the outside steps were littered with confetti.

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What was great about this set was not only the massive support from familiar faces, but the attention brought upon new faces. Having known the Ruffians for about a year, they've seemed to attract a slew of new people every time they play a show. For this party, it was the largest attraction of new faces that I had ever seen. Slow to move at first, they began finding their legs and began enjoying the frivolous fun that the band had been offering since day one.

By the tail-end of the set, best friends of the Ruffians, Henri and The Adorables (only three of them, including Henry) rushed the stage and began a mini dance-party. Of course after a few minutes, the Adorables couldn't contain themselves and turned their mini dance-party into a mini fight-party. Is this normal? Yes. Go to an Adorables' show and you'll know if it's normal or not. It doesn't sound normal, but believe me, it's normal (and usually fun).

As the night winded down with DJ Easy Tiger's kick-ass choice of tunes, the left-overs stayed 'n danced with cheap alcohol flowing through their bodies. It was definitely a night to celebrate the quick success of this Midland, Ontario trio who are soon-to-be touring with Hot Chip and, later on, The Hidden Cameras, all over America. What else is their to say?


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