TOURING: Triple J favourites RUFUS are set to hit the stage at the 2013 Rockhampton Oxford Street Party. Contributed
TOURING: Triple J favourites RUFUS are set to hit the stage at the 2013 Rockhampton Oxford Street Party. Contributed Contributed

Oxford Street Party will bring Sydney band RÜFÜS to stage

CHILLAXING over beers for a 'Sunday sesh' with some laid back indie dance tunes. This was the vision for RÜFÜS' debut album Atlas.

Sydney outfit RÜFÜS have been flat stick since their group's formation and while many bands spend years trying to make the line-up for Big Day Out - the three piece band have already been confirmed for next year's epic event.

But prior to this major music festival - the band are pumped to be performing at Rockhampton's Oxford Street Party.

RÜFÜS' guitar, keys and singer Tyrone Lindquist said he honestly can't wait to play at the central Queensland party.

"There's a really cool line-up. To be playing there is amazing."

With a do-it-yourself (DIY) mentality RÜFÜS are truly passionate about putting their own efforts into their work.

"In the studio we all write everything together. And Jon is probably our strongest producer at the moment.

"My best friend does all our film clips."

Initially, it all started in Bryon Bay.

What began as a jam session soon turned into endless touring and constant Triple J airplay.

"We were trying to work out how to do it live and that's where James came - he's been the perfect addition."

When it came to writing Atlas - released in August - Tyrone said two major artists played a heavy influence - Booka Shade and Trentemoller.

"We went down to the south coast (New South Wales) to a place called Berry and wrote most of the album there."

Tyrone described a peaceful, wine-themed town which played a big part in the album's harmonious flavour.

A lot of the songs have a distinct location we had in mind when we were writing but more so in the feeling of the actual song.

But that wasn't the album's only captivating inspiration.

Tyrone explained the artistic and rather odd location where the group concluded their writing.

"We built our own studio on Jon's family's property.

"They had this abandoned water tank that looked down upon a cliff into the ocean.

"We set it up as a studio which sonically doesn't make much sense but it was affordable at the time and we had no money so we got help to soundproof it."

The scenic setting provided just the right element the guys needed.

"I think that's got a lot to do with how the album sounds."

Tyrone said that whenever they were stuck - a simple walk outside generally rejuvenated their senses.

Originally, before naming songs, they also had to label each project file (song) on the computer.

The singer said they agreed cities seemed like a great plan of action - which profoundly influenced the album's name - Atlas.

"Caribbean was actually Take Me and Berlin - Desert Night," he explained.

"A lot of the songs have a distinct location we had in mind when we were writing but more so in the feeling of the actual song."

The other concept they wanted to come across in the album was a 'summer Sunday sesh' feel.

"I guess that's where we were, literally, at the time."

Before heading to Rockhampton for an Oxford Street Party adventure - the sought after band has plans for London and Paris.

"Yeah we go for a short trip, two weeks," Tyrone says with enthusiasm about the three shows in London and one in Paris.

While he had never been to Europe, Tyrone was quite aware of the climate change.

"It will be totally opposite to Rocky - we'll have to double up on scarves and layer up," he laughed.

One of the performances will even see the group at the legendary Club NME - playing for about 1200 to 1400 dance lovers.

The large gig was top-secret last week.

Next year will see RÜFÜS taking their Australian tour to Europe and the US.

"And hopefully by the end of the year we will settle in Berlin to write the second album," Tyrone said.



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