Rüfüs du Sol Takes The Tabernacle Down Under
Sipping on a few beers on my balcony, watching the sunset, pregaming, we begin to discuss the unique approach to music that Rufus Du Sol has. They have some really pop focused, vocal heavy, unzt'n clap aspects to their music. But yet they have some underground elements drawn from deep house, electronica, and UK garage. We decided that, on an imaginary spectrum from underground to radio pop, Rufus Du Sol resides somewhere between Bob Moses (read our review of their show here) and Disclosure.
We arrive at the venue, make our way through the front entrance with the rest of the herded cattle. The bars are quite packed on the dance floor and lower levels, so we go to the balcony where we are just about the only ones using the bar. The crowd is pretty full and really enjoying the shoegaze, sample chopping music of Slow Magic.
The set seemed pretty short for what it was worth, but that's kinda what you expect when you go to a venue like the Tabernacle with warm up artists. The set up for Rufus begins. Side note: The reason Rufus is referred to as Rufus du Sol in the United States is due to an existing trademark on their name.
The set up takes a bit longer than I would expect. Maybe there was some issues or something, never the less they eventually came on.
The three-member group’s setup was with two synth stations, some midi controllers, some guitars, and a drumset.
Most of the crowd are really big fans, but also I felt like a lot of people were just getting introduced to the group. Lots of college students, young professionals, with a small attendance of ravers.
They sounded pretty good live, lots of energy from them that was amplified with some really unique visuals. Just about everything was played live. With live electronic acts, there is always some part that is just a recording, or a dub of other elements. Visually speaking, the award for best visual goes to their sun visuals they did for “Brighter” about the Aussie sun. I probably liked that one most just because I have a thing for sunrises and sunsets. Also, the earth is a sphere to all of you “flatlanders” out there.
Their set was quite long but there were a handful of crowd pleasers that didn't get played. We did get a pretty badass drumset solo that was synced with some intense strobing lights.
I have a feeling this group is breaking through the American market and I cannot wait to see what their next album sounds like. Their previous two are very dancefloor focused. However, I'm hoping for a bit more experimental with some electronica or genre blends and deeper emotive lyrics.
Photos by Sarah Htun for Bullet Music