BY WILLIAM KOSH
The secret behind Born Ruffians’ skittering drums and starry-eyed twang is that, despite sounding like mania incarnate, Ruffians have perfect control over their spaziness. And they employ it with surgical precision. Take “We Made It,” a standout track from their new album. It’s rooted in Ruffians’ signature sound that’s kind of like a steampunk banjo bot falling down the stairs and landing on its feet, yet it’s also an epic masterclass in building and releasing tension. This affable interplay between spontaneity and control is setting the band down in history amongst the greatest things to ever come out of Toronto, Drake and Scott Pilgrim included.