Rufus Du Sol Dazzle the Highline Ballroom
With their Desert Night EP tour in full swing, Rufus Du Sol descended onto a packed Highline Ballroom to blow away their American fans. The full live electronica setup wasn’t simply the three of them standing at a standstill behind DJ equipment; instead we were pleased to see Jon, James and Tyrone behind their keys, drums, and guitar respectively. These three musicians are honed at their craft, and showed it with flourish last Wednesday night. Their sexy slinking beats matched up perfectly with Tyrone’s vocals, and the set was a ride from start to finish.
Le Maitre opened and warmed up the crowd nicely with a guitar-driven disco house performance. While the crowd was enthusiastic, everyone was saving their energy for Rufus. While no set time could be long enough for their fans, Rufus du Sol’s lasted over an hour with the memories hanging on much longer. Despite most of the set coming from an album just hitting our shores, the crowd danced with raw emotion to their new tracks and sang along to the music they already knew. One of the standouts of their new set was the track “Modest Life,” where their vocals ripped the crowd into an early frenzy. Their biggest hit on these shores, “Desert Night,” understandably drew a huge response from the crowd, as many sang along to the chorus and jumped with excitement at their first chance to hear this song live.
My biggest hope, as well as fear, is that this band will blow up into the stratosphere where they do not get to play their tracks live, and instead lip/instrument sync their performance for award shows and live TV. They obviously have the potential to make a huge impact on the American dance music circuit. That meteoric rise carries the responsibility of having an impeccable performance every night out. If you love live music, and you love dance music, come support them on their first American tour. You will get to say you saw them before they were main-staging Ultra, before they were headlining Jimmy Kimmel Live. Make sure to catch this band in an intimate setting the first time around, as it might be your only chance.