Born Ruffians Red Yellow Blue
- Words: Josiah Hughes
- Label: Warp
- XLR8R Rating: 8.5/10
After the brief taste of 2006’s Hummingbird EP, the anticipation has been brewing for Red Yellow Blue, the debut from Toronto’s Born Ruffians. Mostly comprised of guitar, bass, and drums, the trio takes simple guitar pop and makes it awesome again. Aided by Animal Collective/Panda Bear producer Rusty Santos, the perky rock n’ roll is as warm-sounding as it is irresistible. The title track offers some gentle guitars before “Barnacle Goose” knocks out some crazy-catchy gang vocals and “In a Mirror” builds to an uplifting finale. Somehow this sounds like The Strokes, Grizzly Bear, and Rites of Spring all at once, and it’s completely addictive.
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