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RÜFÜS DU SOL explore their darker tendencies with ‘On My Knees,’ announce fourth studio album

Photo credit: Eliot Lee Hazel.

As it turns out, the hype is all real as far as everyone’s favorite Aussie dance trio is cocnerned. Grammy-nominated RÜFÜS DU SOL announced their fourth full length, titled Surrender, upon releasing the LP’s third single, “On My Knees,” out now on Rose Avenue and Reprise/Warner Records. 

“On My Knees” is a brooding insight into RÜFÜS DU SOL’s darker tendencies, toying with honest emotions and aching lyricism, demonstrating what makes them so unique in the electronic space. While previous single, “Alive” gave audiences a glimmer of hope, and “Next To Me” a yearning for love and romance, this newer single has an anguished sense about while simultaneously playing into the powerful title of Surrender. The band reference the industrial sounds and sonics of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, coupled  with the lyrical intensity on which their career has been built.

“For this song we had a lot of fun writing something that was darker, driving and a little more edgy. It’s definitely one of the most banging tracks on the record – we referenced some of our favourite club music for the drum programming and had fun envisioning the time when we could finally play this live. It had an amazing reaction at our Red Rocks shows last month which was really special for us.”

James Hunt of RÜFÜS DU SOL

The accompanying music video was filmed in August during a unique Red Rocks Amphitheatre show rehearsal. The band’s creative director, Alex ‘Katzki’ George, collaborated with Ruff Mercy, an animation director and artist based out in the UK to create visuals/animations on top of the video, giving the project a darker 90’s rave vibe. Ruff Mercy has worked with artists such as Thom Yorke, Disclosure, Run The Jewels and big brands such as Nike, Apple, Adidas and many more. 

“We had been fans of Ruff Mercy for a while and started talking to him during lockdown last year,” says Katzi in a press statement. “At first we were bouncing ideas of what could be possible if we couldn’t leave our rooms. After a lot of back and forth it all came together pretty quickly and we ended up shooting the video during a twenty minute gap at our Red Rocks show rehearsals.” He continued,

It was the first time the band had played it live as well as the first time we’d seen it and it took on a life of its own. It felt very raw, but like us in our element. 

“It was the first time the band had played it live as well as the first time we’d seen it and it took on a life of its own. It felt very raw, but like us in our element.

Alex ‘Katzki’ George, Creative Director for RÜFÜS DU SOL

RÜFÜS DU SOL – On My Knees (Official Music Video)

RÜFÜS DU SOL 2021 Summer / Fall Festival Dates:

  • Fri Sep 24  – New York, NY – Gov Ball Festival
  • Sat. Oct. 2  – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Weekend 1
  • Sat. Oct. 9  – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Weekend 2
  • Sat. Oct. 23 – Miami, FL – III Points Festival
  • Sun. Oct. 31 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival

RÜFÜS DU SOL 2021 NA Fall Tour Dates:

  • Thu Nov 04 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
  • Sat Nov 06 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
  • Fri Nov 12 –  Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
  • Sat Nov 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
  • Sun Nov 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
  • Thu Nov 18 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
  • Thu Nov 19 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
  • Sat Nov 20 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

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