BORN RUFFIANS are actually three Canadians, and they make indie-pop in a traditional sense that old-school collectors of 4AD and Sub Pop’s early roster would raise more than an eyebrow at. In a similar vein to fellow XL artists Tapes’n Tapes, they owe a large debt to the likes of Pixies and Buffalo Tom, yet at no point does this record sound retro or plagiaristic. After selling out shows at The Old Blue Last and Hobby Horse in record quick time, Born Ruffians are back again with a new album, ‘Say It’.
THE ACORN produce a unique brand of experimental, popular folk music that effortlessly marries modern and traditional forms. Following on from 2008’s ‘Glory Hope Mountain’, The Acorn returned this summer with ‘No Ghost’, which showcases the levity and spontaneity of their live shows. Swathed in talk talk-esque spaciousness and atmospheric feedback reminiscent of early Yo La Tengo, ‘No Ghost’ is a fitting soundtrack to both the tranquility of the country, and the sodium-lamp lit romance of city nights.
YOUNG RIVAL hails from a city most widely-known for its blue-collar work ethic – a quality that Young Rival have always proudly embraced. With a sound that is both raw and hazy, dark and melodic, this band delivers an undeniably unique brand of grit-infused, wildcat rock and roll. Their latest offering comes to us in the form of an amazing collection of songs, recorded in June 2009 by Polaris Prize winning record maker Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells).