A tropical musical explosion awaits when Sydney’s Rufino and the Coconuts launch their debut album Centroturist this October, setting audiences on an island jungle quest for summer.
Inspired by classic surf music, with a touch of 80s post-punk, smooth jungle disco and pinch of B-Grade thriller soundtracks, the rocksteady rhythms on Centroturist promise good time tropical pop.
Sailing on a raft of sixties guitars, seventies synthesisers and a crate of souvenir-junk percussion, Centroturist is entertaining and ridiculously wry, telling the stories of Caribbean dentists, jungle misadventures, cray fishing and near-death love affairs, all delivered with a bone rattling backbeat.
Rufino and his wild 8-piece band of misfits from the rhythm-rich jungles will take to the stages in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne performing at Marrickville Bowling Club, Smith’s Alternative and the Spotted Mallard.
Known best as the Catalan Casanova crooner from Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, Centroturist, Rufino aka Pip Branson leads the eight piece ensemble. Trained as a classical violinist Pip has performed with Something for Kate and was nominated for a Helpmann Award for the score for Kate Mulvany’s Masquerade performed as part of the Sydney and Melbourne Festivals in 2015.
Since 2013, Rufino and the Coconuts have toured and performed special events including the 2015 Sydney Festival, the 2013 Lorne Festival of the Arts and most recently as part of the 2018 Vivid Sydney, as well as their regular packed shows up and down the eastern seaboard in rock venues, spiegeltents, town halls, bowling clubs and fishing shacks.
Spotted Mallard, Melbourne | Saturday 9 November
Centroturist is available from the Black Sea and Spice Tea Trading Company through Inertia Distribution and your favourite record store now.