RÜFÜS DU SOL have been drip-feeding us info on this little by little but now we've got all the news and we're amped about it. The Grammy-nominated Aussies have officially announced the release of their immersive performance film Live From Joshua Tree, two years in the making, and what's more, there's a live album of the film also coming.
The film and album will traipse songs from the band's three records Solace, Bloom and Atlas, all shot and recorded in the stark landscape of California's Joshua Tree.
“The idea for a film was born out on a writing trip in Joshua Tree when we were trying to finish SOLACE. We stayed up all night writing as the sun rose, this creeping light over the valley made its way into the room. We climbed these wild rock formations to a little vista at the top, about 100 feet above where we were writing and sat to take in the sunrise. We were listening to tunes on a speaker and someone put on Time by the Pachanga Boys. Watching dawn break with this epic 15 minute journey playing out, we started joking about putting together a sunrise set in the desert where we would play to no one,” explains drummer James Hunt.
“People talk a lot of shit in the desert at 5am, but walking around this alien world at dawn, we definitely felt there was something calling us back out there. So over an 18 month period, we workshopped ideas and locations and finally were able to to put time aside to shoot in September last year. It was decided sunset would be more practical for our crew. We originally planned for it to be a live stream, but as the idea grew and the production got bigger and bigger, it organically morphed into a film. It’s something that’s taken two years to pull together and something we are so excited to share with the world and make available everywhere.”
Both the film and album will drop on March 6th, with screenings taking place at Sydney's Ritz Cinemas Randwick and Melbourne's IMAX on March 4th. Tickets here.
RÜFÜS DU SOL: Live from Joshua Tree
1. Valley of the Yuccas (Live from Joshua Tree)
2. Eyes (Live from Joshua Tree)
3. New Sky (Live from Joshua Tree)
4. Desert Night (Live from Joshua Tree)
5. Solace* (Live from Joshua Tree)
6. Underwater (Live from Joshua Tree)
7. Innerbloom (Live from Joshua Tree)
8. No Place (Live from Joshua Tree)