Yesterday, in overtime, when Sidney Crosby crushed the dreams of young hockey fans from Buffalo and its sister cities, scattered across sad bars in this great land, we thought of Canadians Born Ruffians covering Bruce Springsteen. These young rockers from the great upnorth have their hearts pumped by Jersey blood, and to have to trump our country in a gold medal match must have brought many mixed emotions. We were shocked, but then warmly soothed by the total grace with which the Canadian fans applauded for US goalie Ryan Miller. Surely if they can be gracious, we can be as well. So with their play on words on a very American concept, they tread lightly (and with a little bit of prog). "Sole Brother" is from Born Ruffians upcoming sophomore LP, Say It. We spent much time with their debut, Red, Yellow and Blue. Come to think of it, that title track is all about starting your own country. Maybe one that lives on the border, where they love homey, heartfelt rock & roll and both curling and football. And where no one cares about soccer or really Euro dance music. "Sole Brother" would be the anthem.
Download: Born Ruffians, "Sole Brother"