Born Ruffians keep the kids up past bedtime

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Born Ruffians

IF I FACE THE CAMERA, IT'LL TRAP MY SOUL FOREVER IN A NEVERENEDING VORTEX OF DOOM. OR THEY WILL SEE THAT PESKY PIMPLE BETWEEN MY EYEBROWS! Born Ruffians played at Call The Office last Thursday.

Call The Office was packed Thursday night when beloved indie wonders Born Ruffians headlined their long-anticipated performance.

It wasn’t until after 1 a.m. that Born Ruffians finally took the stage. With the band’s drummer tapping keyboards and drums simultaneously and vocal yelps accompanying happy-go-lucky instrumental melodies, it was clear this trio has some great musical chops.

The band’s mélange of pop rhythms, folk melodies and ska was interesting. Whenever Born Ruffians played a tune from their original EP, the audience erupted into a dance frenzy. However, this commotion died quickly whenever the band played its newer songs, which may not be a good sign for Born Ruffians’ unreleased sophomore album. Or maybe it was just past the teenage audience’s bedtime.

Toronto-based rock group, Oh! The Pretty Things kicked off the night. The band had a group of devout underage fans flailing to its tunes, but not even a solo by its hairy-chested drummer could entice the rest of the crowd to dance to its generic rock tunes.

Following “Oh! The Lame Things” was the refreshing and captivating group Rock City Plaza. Numerous instruments, angry vocals, great sing-along melodies and an emotional performance made this folk group stand out.

Next up was We’re Marching On, which hooked the crowd with a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony tribute before bursting into a series of likable Modest Mouse-esque melodies paired with dynamic falsetto vocals. The crowd digged the set’s stomp-along pace.

The show had both good and not-so-good elements, but for six bucks, it’s hard to go too wrong. Overall, it was a satisfying night filled with solid live music.

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