Ru­fus to lap up Oceans gig

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Entertainment - Pierra Wil­lix

Al­ter­na­tive dance group Ru­fus have gone from strength to strength since form­ing al­most seven years ago and are now pre­par­ing for their first per­for­mance in the South West.

The Times spoke to key­board player Jon Ge­orge ahead of the band’s per­for­mance as part of their Full Bloom tour in Cowaramup to­mor­row night.

Ru­fus formed in 2010 and also in­cludes Ty­rone Lindqvist and James Hunt, who all knew each other from high school.

“When we fin­ished school, we re­alised we liked sim­i­lar types of mu­sic and de­cided to get to­gether; we had a lot of fun and it just flowed re­ally eas­ily,” he said.

Ge­orge listed bands such as GUM, Ra­dio­head and The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers as ma­jor in­flu­ences.

Since form­ing, Ge­orge said the band’s style had evolved as they “worked out the sweet spot” of what style they pre­ferred.

“We’ve all been lis­ten­ing to dif­fer­ent mu­sic over the years and we’ve ma­tured our sound as we have grown to­gether,” he said.

“Our sig­na­ture sound is very chilled elec­tronic mu­sic with a soft vo­cal.”

Last year, the group re­leased their highly an­tic­i­pated sec­ond al­bum Bloom, which de­buted atop the Aus­tralian al­bums chart in early 2016. Bloom was recorded in Ber­lin. “We like to iso­late our­selves when­ever we write new mu­sic be­cause it means we can fully im­merse our­selves in the writ­ing process,” Ge­orge said.

He said once the Full Bloom tour ended, the band was plan­ning on re­lo­cat­ing over­seas again to work on their third al­bum.

“In about March or April, we will be re­lo­cat­ing to LA for a lit­tle bit and start writ­ing over there,” he said.

“We re­ally like LA and have spent a bit of time over there and I’m ex­cited about go­ing back into the stu­dio.”

Ge­orge said a stand-out ca­reer high­light was per­form­ing at Coachella in Cal­i­for­nia last year.

Ge­orge said it made sense for the band to take their tour to re­gional ar­eas.

“We have been tour­ing around Aus­tralia for the last six years but we hadn’t been to most of these places and wanted to bring out the full show to smaller ci­ties,” he said. “Lis­ten­ing to our al­bum is one ex­pe­ri­ence and see­ing it per­formed is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence; it has a com­pletely dif­fer­ent vibe.

“We love be­ing able to rein­vent it for a large au­di­ence.”

Ru­fus will per­form at 3 Oceans Win­ery in Cowaramup from 5pm to­mor­row.

Tick­ets cost $73.45 and are avail­able from http://tick­ets.oztix.

Ru­fus will per­form at 3 Oceans Win­ery to­mor­row night.

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