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Born Ruffians’ Mitch Derosier talks new album, tour and showing the “dumb side” of a band

Mitch Derosier, the bassist of Born Ruffians, has a pretty simple personality on social media: He likes pizza, beer and his dog Charlie.

He doesn’t have a personal account, so most of this makes its way to the Born Ruffians’ Twitter and Facebook. “When we first started in high school, that was just always the thing I took the reigns of,” said Derosier in a phone interview.

His social media posts include fan Q&A’s, where the internet has the chance to ask members of Born Ruffians anything. It’s not a social media strategy to get more clicks; Derosier said he just does it when he’s bored.

In addition to the regular posts are Derosier’s B-Roll videos, which he posts to Youtube every Thursday. They show the members of Born Ruffians being goofy behind-the-scenes. “It’s a way for people to see that side of the band,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to show the dumber side, of us being idiots.”

Derosier’s B-Roll project has joined him while he’s on the road during Born Ruffian’s ongoing two-week tour. Today, they’ll be stopping by Cleveland’s Grog Shop for a show. The tour is in support of the band’s latest album, Ruff, released in October of last year. (The deluxe edition of Ruff was released on April 22.)

While Ruff departs from 2013’s Birthmarks, it returns to some of the sounds in Born Ruffians’ earlier productions, like Red, Yellow & Blue. “[Ruff] is getting the reaction the old records were getting,” said Derosier. “That’s satisfying, that’s what we want.”

Recording Ruff went easier than most of Born Ruffians’ projects. The band performed secret Toronto shows to get used to the live sound, and they were mostly prepared when they entered the studio, only rewriting a couple of songs.

That relaxed feel is evident on Ruff in songs like “Don’t Live Up” and “When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away,” where singer Luke LaLonde’s vocals could just as easily have been belted out in a shower as they were in a studio. Then “& On & On & On” drifts back to an easygoing chill, as though the band could have whipped it together on the spot.

Like, in a good way.

No, Ruff is not an early album. They’re not the brand new Canadian band that they once were. But they’ve put out an album that maintains their personality as a band, while still moving forward, and it’ll be worth seeing that performed live.

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