It was early in the newborn millenium, and after the mainstream success of bands like Green Day and Blink-182, pop punk bands came crawling out the drains everywhere. Rufio was among those bands, but their sound really set them apart (and ablaze).
Rufio formed in Rancho Cucamonga, California, around the year 2000. Their members were young high school and college friends and acquaintances. Quickly, they released their first album, the excellent Perhaps… I Suppose (2001, The Militia Group). We’ll come back to this album later.
After Perhaps… found its way into the computers and CD players of thousands of teenage kids in America, the band released its sophomore record: MCMLXXXV (2003, Nitro Records), which was produced by Nick Rasculinecz (Foo Fighters, Rancid). The Comfort Of Home (2005, Nitro Records) followed, and after a fall tour with MxPx and Relient K, Mike Jiménez (drums) and Jon Berry (bass) left the band citing creative differences. This marked the beginning of the end for the band, jumping ship from a tour with punk legends No Use For A Name in 2006. They played their farewell show on June 1, 2007.
Although they continued playing sporadically during 2008 and 2009, their “official return” was until 2010, with the release of their fourth album, Anybody Out There (2010, The Militia Group) and a summer worldwide tour. Following the tour, Clark Domae (guitar) left the band, leaving Scott Sellers as the only founding member. It took only two years until the band officially broke up, in July 2012.
So, what’s worth remembering? Their debut album, the explosive and frantic Perhaps… I Suppose (2001, The Militia Group) was a defining album in the genre’s history. Sure, it had the help of an entire wave of bands playing similar music, but their technique quickly set Rufio apart from the pack, and left them standing closer to Stung Out than to Simple Plan. This was important. Credibility was an important factor with these bands.
Although they didn’t enjoy worldwide acclaim, they had a good number of anthemic songs that became staples of the early 2000s pop punk movement. Despite not being around the airwaves too much (at least outside of California), they became generationally relevant to fans of the genre, and I dare say are one of the bands that are most fondly remembered by fans.
Listen to Rufio below.