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Boomkat Product Review:
Born Ruffians are very much a band of the moment. It was always going to be on the cards that their sound (best described as 'Two-thousand-and-eight-y') would lead them to comparisons with those likable college-boy fops Vampire Weekend, such is their jaunty, wordy onslaught of North American pop now-ness. That in itself suggests that there's only so far this lot can go wrong in the current muscal climate. Combine this with the fact that like Foals before them, they've appeared on popular teen show Skins and you've got a recipe for units getting shifted. The fact that Born Ruffians are also a really good pop band doesn't hinder them either. Single 'Hummingbird' is pretty hard to criticise. There are no tricks here, just one guitar, bass, drums and vocals and a great song, but the band wring all manner of permutations out of their minuscule three-piece constitution, resulting in a cleverly segmented arrangement that isn't shy of dropping certain instruments in and out for effect. Luke Lalonde has a vocal range that seems to reference the sort of voices that have populated American indie rock's upper echelons in recent years: Avey Tare of Animal Collective and Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and that voice is put to good use in charm offensives like 'Little Garcon' with its chorus "I'm a little garcon in my head/With a little fille that's stuck in bed." Forget how in vogue they are and how much they have in common with other breakthrough indie acts from across the Atlantic, Born Ruffians deserve your attention on their own merits.