Rufus to lap up Oceans gig
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. com.au.
Rufus will perform at 3 Oceans Winery tomorrow night.