Ruff Talons
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Ruff Talons

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Tuff Stuff EP, released January 2013



Ruff Talons is a punky poppy rock outfit from Montreal, Quebec. We've just released our first EP, Tuff Stuff. It's a lightning-fast ride through bubbly, innocent crushes, working through the personal and the political, and very un-rock'n'roll subject matter, namely, baby peas. Yes, those cute little green things that grow in a pod in your garden. Why peas? Because they actually do rock, and because in Ruff Talons, we talk about what matters to us and what we think is fun and awesome, and not with an eye on fitting into a neat little rock'n'roll box. Hell, we even talk about our feelings.

Call us young (our band is less than a year old), call us teenaged (we love Ramones love songs), but we've survived enough patriarchal b.s. and worked through enough of that mythical process called "growing up" that we know not to say no to ourselves anymore or let anyone else do it for us.

We're influenced by X-Ray Spex, the Ramones, the Stooges, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre, the Buzzcocks, Gang of Four, Cap'n Jazz, Sonic Youth, probably even Bright Eyes. Weird, right?

We are Zinta Avens Auzins (blondey-blonde yeller), Max Halparin (twiddle-guitar-fingers), Kate Bass (aptly named boppa-doo-wah bassist), and on drums we are joined either by Rowan Cornell-Brown (smashy-smasher) or Lisa Gamble (polka-punk beat expert) depending on whose life is less of a hectic mess.