Rufus Review (The Palace, Melbourne)

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Following triumphant outings at Falls Festival and Big Day Out, two appearances on Triple J’s Hottest 100, and a three-month sojourn wooing foreign ears, RÜFÜS have returned to play a sold-out Australian tour.
Its performance at the first of three consecutive nights at Melbourne’s Palace Theatre last night marked a meteoric rise for the Sydney-based RÜFÜS. The band’s debut album Atlas was an ode to saucer-eyed nights, a sultry set of electronic pop songs that struck the perfect balance between dancefloor filler beats and pop intuition that topped the ARIA charts.
When performed live the songs take on a new dimension as the theatre became a pulsing celebration more akin to pumping night club than a sing-a-long gig. The set was dutifully sprinkled with hits Sundream, Tonight and Take Me,  while for Unforgiven the band were joined onstage by guest vocalist Jess Pollard.
After a long haul of gigs RÜFÜS, band members guitar/vocalist Tyrone Lindqvist, keyboardist Jon George and drummer James Hunt were comfortable enough to relax and lap up the crowd’s appreciation. If anything, Lindqvist may need to take on a grander act of showmanship if they are to continue to fill larger and larger venues.
Following a rendition of the decent re-imagination of Foal’s My Number, the band returned for what is arguably their best song Desert Night. While the song is a beautiful, splintery tune it didn’t provide the most triumphant, or climactic note for the band to end on.
The shows are the final live performances at the Palace Theatre in Bourke Street in the CBD before it’s demolished and redeveloped. It has been one of the best live venues in Melbourne, its tiering allowing the audience great vantage points while retaining its intimacy. It will be sadly missed.
[box]RÜFÜS continues their Australian tour until 27 July. More information is available at[/box]

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