Brought together by a stormy Byron Bay night and a mutual love of electronic music; RÜFÜS are what happens when a self taught folk singer songwriter, a deephouse producer and a mathematical drummer write tunes that heat Saturday nights and warm Sunday afternoons.
There is a real DIY aesthetic to RÜFÜS, who wrote, recorded, PR’d and released their debut EP (2011) on their own label, rather than wait to shop demos around. In a testament to both the music, and this DIY spirit, the 2011 EP enjoyed an organic growth and enviable attention from key tastemakers in the blogosphere. Two tracks from the EP, ‘Paris Collides’ & ‘We Left’, reached No.8 & No.13 on the Hype Machine charts simultaneously, while the video for ‘We Left’ (directed by friend and brother of the band Alex George) has clocked up 120,000+ views on YouTube and Vimeo, being nominated as one of 12 finalists internationally in the 2012 Vimeo awards for best music video.
Their follow up RÜFÜS EP (BLUE) released in April 2012, debuted at No.5 on the iTunes dance charts, with the lead single ‘This Summer’ landing high rotation on Triple J. Their track ‘Talk to me’ caught the attention of French tastemaking label Kitsuné and features on their Summer mix compilation. This EP was the first to be signed to Gigpiglet, marking the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Locally the band’s live show has gathered an ever expanding loyal cult following, selling out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Newcastle. The boys have secured opening spots for the likes of Royksøpp, Yuksek and national touring spots with Van She and the Aston Shuffle.
The RÜFÜS boys are guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, keyboardist Jon George and drummer James Hunt – and their dance influence has created high demand for their remixing ability; with releases for Aston Shuffle (Plant music) and Citizens! (Kitsuné). While remixes of their own tracks can be found on their ‘We Left remix EP’ (2011) released on French label ‘On the Fruit’ and the ‘This Summer/Selena remixes EP’, released on Jerry Bouthier’s ‘Continental Records’ July 2012.
Over the summer of 2011/2012, RÜFÜS played a string of festivals and parties including Parklife, Homebake, Peats Ridge, Field Day, Harbour Party and Big Day Out.
In 2012, RÜFÜS are touring heavily and relocating to farm house of the New South Wales South Coast to start work on writing a collection of songs they aim to release as their first album in early 2013. So put on your RÜFÜS-goggles and prepare for the revolution.