On this dreary Atlanta Friday night, the kids still came out to party in Little Five Points at Aisle 5 and Born Ruffians sure were happy to provide the soundtrack, brought to us by OK Productions/Tight Bros Network. The Canadian indie rock group released their fourth full length record, RUFF, on Yep Roc Records (US)/Paper Bag Records (Canada) back at the beginning of October. With tracks like “Fuck Feelings”, “When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away”, and “(Eat Shit) We Did It”, there was no doubt they were planning to work the Atlanta crowd into a frenzy.
With elements of punk rock vaguely worked in, Born Ruffians brand of indie rock provides shades of bands like Vampire Weekend, Reptar, and 80’s influences like David Byrne and Peter Gabriel. This is music to sing along to, pump your fist in the air while dancing and shouting out every word. And that’s exactly what Atlanta did. The crowd was raucous the whole time, and Born Ruffians played right into their hands.
Born Ruffians played a good mix of songs off the new record like “We Made It” but didn’t skimp on crowd favorites off of past albums like set closer “Needle” off of 2013’s excellent Birthmarks. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind when this set ended, Atlanta ate up every minute of Born Ruffians and had no desire for the night to end.
All photos by Matthew W. Warren
A few clips from the night: