by Peter Stude
Even though Rufus Du Sol already enjoyed a successful world tour for their third studio album, Solace, they came back to Minnesota for another dance music experience last Friday and Saturday night with their Americas tour. They are celebrating a new 18-track remix release of Solace.
Bass could be felt in the lobby of the Fillmore by 9 o’clock on Saturday. The flashing lights and punchy kick drum greeted me as I entered the already full venue. The demographic included all styles and ages, but everyone was united with bobbing heads and dancing feet.
The opener, Crooked Colours, were all sporting white jumpsuits. They were illuminated by a giant colourful sign bearing their band name. It looked like glowing paint had been tossed across it.
They continued to crank out jam after jam as the lasers and strobe lights danced around them. . Their alternative dance and electric sounds set the mood well.
While I was taking a few photos a person watching the show next to me tapped me on the shoulder and asked “hey do you know who this is? I really like them.” Crooked Colors is already making waves across the nation and Minnesota is on board.
By the time Rufus Du Sol made their entrance there was hardly enough room on the floor to breathe let alone dance, but that didn’t stop anyone in the crowd.
The bouncing audience mimicked the bouncy signature sounds coming from the three man musical combination on stage.
Three separate platforms elevated the Australian dance powerhouse while they worked their dance grooves, funky baselines, and powerful ambient vocals. The dazzling light screen behind them constantly changed shape and color depending on the mood and feeling of the song. The electric energy increased even more when they performed their beloved breakout single “Innerbloom.”
All in all, both musically and visually, it was a very satisfying performance from Rufus Du Sol.