Words – Georgia Corpe
Photos – Zach Hogg
RÜFÜS have spent the last two years doing what every band dreams of doing; releasing a ridiculously popular first album rife with chart toppers and then touring around the world for months on end. Just when you think they might want a break RÜFÜS are on the road yet again showcasing some new tunes in anticipation of their highly awaited sophomore record. The boys will be hitting the east coast before heading off over to the States next month.
Tonight is the first show of the tour and the turnout at The Tivoli is impressive. With the huge amount of young dance fans wearing low-cut singlets and short dresses, the smell of red bull and the constant stream of electro-dance music, punters were made to forget their Thursday night woes and possible work commitments the next day and treat the night as if it is closing set at an all day music festival. Although the show is not sold out tonight, it would be very close.
RÜFÜS promptly hit the stage to a rowdy crowd starting out with the subtle niceties of Sundream and gearing up the vibe of the night with the song’s opening line ‘I want to feel that you want it’. The trio look comfortably nervous at the beginning of the night’s set, shooting smiles at each other as the crowd sways with Sundream’s lush melodies.
The set then moves onto other favourites from Atlas including Modest Life, Rendezvous and Simplicity is Bliss. A middle of the set highlight is the band’s build on Take Me, as keyboardist Jon George and drummer James Hunt tease the crowd with the opening hook as they bounce the rhythm off of each other’s sample pad before Tyrone Lindqvist’s keyboard drenches the song in it’s catchy and uncanny melody. RÜFÜS also use the night’s set to lay down some new tracks and it is safe to say that their sophomore album will be no disappointment to those who love the bands laid back electro-pop sound.