CUT OUT TO EN­JOY SUC­CESS

The mem­bers of pop­u­lar band Ru­fus are en­joy­ing a vic­tory lap of Aus­tralia be­fore head­ing to the US and to Berlin to work on their sec­ond al­bum

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Ru­fus are lap­ping up their grow­ing fame with a vic­tory tour in a year that started with them land­ing a song in the Hottest 100. A sign your band has reached lev­els of recog­ni­tion ac­quainted with as­cend­ing star­dom is when a card­board cut-out of your front­man at­tracts more selfie photo re­quests than the real thing. The mem­bers of Ru­fus were even more im­pressed when the fake head of singer Ty­rone Lindqvist was re­moved from his body dur­ing fan shenani­gans.

“When the head was ripped off, (the cut-out) was just a to­tal mess. The girls got into him; they all wanted a piece of the card­board. You were vi­o­lated, man,” says his band­mate and key­boardist, Jon Ge­orge.

“You can­not have been more ob­jec­ti­fied.”

And how does Lindqvist feel about be­ing the ob­ject of such vi­o­lent fan­dom?

“I don’t know, you should ask the card­board me. He’s just a piece of meat, some­one pretty to look at,” the singer says.

Lindqvist, Ge­orge and their mate, drum­mer James Hunt, were one of the anointed in­die dance acts to claim the main­stream last year along­side the all-con­quer­ing Flume.

Af­ter build­ing an au­di­ence with a cou­ple of EPs in the trio’s early years, the band landed at No.1 when they re­leased de­but record At­las last Au­gust.

Within six months, they had been snapped up to play the Falls Fes­ti­val and Big Day Out, had three songs in the Hottest 100 and were head­ing to the US where they will now be known as Ru­fus Du Sol.

The name change came as Columbia won the rights to re­lease At­las in the US and seems de­signed to avoid the pos­si­bil­ity of their moniker be­ing con­fused with the ’70s Amer­i­can funk band who launched Chaka Khan’s ca­reer.

As the band pre­pared to head off to the US, a vic­tory lap tour of Aus­tralia for May and June was an­nounced and the shows quickly started to sell out with ex­tra dates added for Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane.

ALL YOU ARE RE­ALLY TRY­ING TO DO … IS TO MAKE SONGS YOU WANT TO LIS­TEN TO

“All this stuff hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment is sur­real,” Ge­orge says. “You say things out loud like you want to travel the world and sus­tain a liv­ing out of mu­sic but all you are re­ally try­ing to do when you are writ­ing for your first record is to make songs you want to lis­ten to.”

Ru­fus have not only found a fan­base but a com­mu­nity of like-minded artists.

“I do feel people want Aus­tralian mu­sic to be do­ing well,” Ge­orge says. “From our per­spec­tive, when we see guys like The Prea­tures, The Rubens, Thun­da­men­tals in air­ports and gigs, there is such a sense of ca­ma­raderie. “You couldn’t fit any more mu­si­cians into the Vir­gin air­port lounges.”

When they fin­ish the Worlds Within Worlds tour in late June, they plan to go to Berlin to work on the sec­ond al­bum. All three cite the Big Day Out per­for­mance on Aus­tralia Day in Syd­ney as their songs were land­ing in the Hottest 100 as a day they will never for­get.

Af­ter that, they went for a walk through the crowd. “It’s funny though, be­cause we would hear people talk about us while we were out in the crowd watch­ing other acts and with­out them know­ing it was us,” Lindqvist says.

“And they sounded like they had a sense of own­er­ship and pride. “They sounded like fans who found us with­out any hype or mar­ket­ing.” Ru­fus play a sold out show at Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row night. They play The Tivoli, Bris­bane, Satur­day (sold out) and Sun­day.

Ru­fus (from left) James Hunt, Jon Ge­orge and Ty­ron Lindqvist

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