Fans of Rüfüs Du Sol’s music know and love indie-dance and deep-house hits such as “Treat You Better,” “You Were Right,” “Sundream,” and “Underwater,” which can be heard on such outlets as Sirius XM’s Chill radio station.
But those who have yet to see the live show are in for a surprise: Rüfüs Du Sol is a trio of Australian musicians — Tyrone Lindqvist on vocals and guitar, Jon George on keyboards, and James Hunt on drums — who re-create their big, melodic, sweeping sound on their own. Catch them at Bayfront Park on May 11.
“It’s just the three of us onstage,” says George. “We’ve got guitar, synthesizers, and vocals, and we’re just moving between it all really fast and trying to cover as much ground as we can. There are two parts to what we do: There are the recordings, and then the live representation, so there’s a lot more energy at the live shows, with live drums and live synths. And then having the ability to take the songs somewhere else gives it a new life right then and there.”
Adds Hunt: “We’re having fun trying to play with the structure of the songs, not just playing them as they are on the record. The songs are being fleshed out, with breakdowns and extended kind of techno jams, or things at the end when you think the song is over and then suddenly it’ll take on a new iteration. I think that’s what keeps us on our toes when we play live — night to night, we try to not have the same set list or play the exact same parts. We’re three musicians, but it definitely feels like there’s a little bit more live.”
Rüfüs Du Sol will perform in support of its third studio album, Solace, which was recorded in Los Angeles and takes a bit of a darker turn than previous works.
“L.A. is an exciting place and it’s sunny all the time, so it seemed pretty ideal,” says George. “But I guess we sort of lost ourselves in the experience a bit, and before we knew it, we were so deep in this record and ignoring our personal lives and our partners at the time, and it just seemed like the album was overtaking us. And that inherently started to shape the lyrical journey and the feel of the record.”
Says Hunt of living in L.A.: “There were no boundaries, and our studio was attached to the house where we were all living together, so there was nothing stopping us. So we just kept going and going and going and going. And then that took a toll, and for that reason, darker things and more raw lyrical content were resonating with us, and we recognized that and ran with it.”
Showtime Saturday is 8 p.m. but don’t arrive fashionably late, as the opening act is a compelling one.
“We’re playing with an artist called Jan Blomqvist,” says Hunt. “He plays with a live band and seems to be operating in the same field that we are, with the interaction of live instrumentation and electronic music. We fell in love with his music at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2016, and we were just blown away. I’m really excited for everyone to see him as well.”
Rüfüs Du Sol. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; livenation.com. Tickets cost $35 to $124.75.