Episode 262: Luke Lalonde (of Born Ruffians)


2018’s Uncle, Duke and the Chief finds Born Ruffians performing with their original lineup for the first time in half a decade. Such a return is always an important turning for a band, but it takes on an extra weight for the trio, who began performing together as 15-year-olds in a small Ontario town. It’s a clearly joyful experience for the band, who managed to tap into the initial excitement that fueled the group in their earliest days. According to frontman Luke Lalonde, that sense of pleasure is an essential part of the music making process. Sure the fuel for the songs often comes from ideal circumstances, but he adds that he’d rather hang it up than feel as if he’s simple going through the motions. In this conversation, the front discusses the songwriting process and taking inspiration where you can get it.


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