Critically acclaimed Toronto band Born Ruffians are premiering the single “Miss You” from their upcoming fifth studio album Uncle, Duke & The Chief (out February 16 on Yep Roc Records) via DIY Magazine; listen the track HERE.

Frontman Luke Lalonde explains the song’s genesis, “I found this old voice memo on my phone from 2015 called ‘I miss you so much baby.’ It was just the chorus of ‘Miss You’ with vocal and piano, very early ’60s vibe. I guess I just heard it on the right night when I had a guitar at hand and the rest of the song came very quickly.” Lalonde continues, “I think the narrator is a mix of pure ego and emotional suffering. He thinks the people walking by him on the sidewalk actually care about him, or are paying attention to him. This guy is sort of full of himself but he’s proud of his pain and his longing, he feels like it elevates him somehow and he wants to show it off.”

The band has also confirmed a new run of dates on their upcoming North American tour in support of the album beginning April 25 in London, ON. The tour includes a five-night residency in the group’s hometown at Lee’s Palace, with three of the shows already sold out.

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

The band recently premiered the video for “Forget Me,” the second track to be released from the forthcoming album. The video stars frontperson Lalonde, watch/share it at Written by Lalonde on the day David Bowie died, he notes that, “what really resonated with me about Bowie’s death was how beautiful it was—it wasn’t necessarily a sad thing.” Lalonde continues, “the light is something that you should embrace and feel okay going towards it.”

The video, directed by Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk, is a continuation of the video for the track “Love Too Soon” which the band recently premiered; watch/share “Love Too Soon” 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.


March 1

March 2

Montreal, QC

Kingston, ON

Casa del Popolo

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

March 10

St. Catharines, ON


March 15

Cleveland, OH

Grog Shop

March 16

Cincinnati, OH


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


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

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


May 8

Portland, OR

Doug Fir Lounge

May 10

San Francisco, CA


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


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