“Born Ruffians make music with such conviction that it’s… hard not to sing along.” –Pitchfork

“Falling apart with style is a big part of the Born Ruffians manner… [their] shiftiness and intensity place the group squarely in a post-punk lineage that traces back to rock rantings of the ’70s and ’80s.” –NPR Music

Uncle, Duke & The Chief, the fifth studio album from critically acclaimed Toronto band Born Ruffians, is out now via Yep Roc Records. The album is available for purchase/streaming at, and Billboard recently streamed the record in its entirety in advance of its release. Paste raves that, “At nine tracks, there’s not a flop in the bunch, making Uncle, Duke, & The Chief an extremely likable return to form from an extremely likable band.”

Born Ruffians also recently premiered the video for the single “Miss You,” the third in a video trilogy 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.” Watch/share all three videos at

The band is celebrating the release of Uncle, Duke & The Chief with a world tour kicking off with a sold-out show at Montreal’s Casa del Popolo on March 1. The 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, frontperson 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

For more information, please contact Joe Cohen, Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


March 1 /// Montreal, QC /// Casa del Popolo (SOLD OUT)
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 Hote
lMay 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