|Origin||Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA|
|Years active||2000–2007, 2010–2012|
|Labels||Nitro, The Militia Group|
Rufio was formed when bassist Jon Berry was a freshman in college and the other three members, Scott Sellers, Mike Jimenez, and Clark Domae were seniors in high school. Sellers and Domae had been acquainted for some time and found a shared talent in the guitar. Sellers met Berry and they began playing together in various groups and sessions. Around the same time, the two purchased a 4-track to record the songs they were writing. After Berry and Sellers began recording, they asked Jimenez to listen to their recordings and play drums with them. Domae joined shortly after and completed the official lineup. The band took their name from the character Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys in the absence of Peter Pan in the 1991 film Hook.
Recordings and tours
Rufio released its debut record, Perhaps, I Suppose..., in 2001 on The Militia Group label. The band returned in June 2003 with MCMLXXXV, released on the Nitro label), which was recorded with the aid of producer Nick Rasculinecz who has also recorded with Foo Fighters and Rancid. Rufio went on to play on the Warped Tour that summer supporting that album. The band's third album, The Comfort of Home, was released in July 2005. The band embarked on a tour that fall with MxPx and Relient K.
In late January 2006, Berry and Jimenez left Rufio citing creative differences. Following the loss of two members, the band pulled out of their tour with No Use for a Name. While no official statement had then been made regarding a breakup, in a 2006 interview No Use For A Name acknowledged as much.
Since leaving, Jimenez formed a new band called Science Fiction Theater. Sellers and Domae started a band called BigCity.
On April 5, 2007, the band announced on their MySpace page that they were to play an official farewell show on June 1, 2007 at The Glass House in Pomona, California followed by a South American tour. The statement in full read:
"Farewell show and South American tour. well... it's been a while friends... and we've finally decided that its time to do an official farewell show with all the members of Rufio on June 1. We thought it would be a good way to show our appreciation to all our hometown friends and fans who have supported us from the very beginning. We figured the Glasshouse would be a very appropriate venue to host the show and we hope to see ALLLL of you there! we'll be playing a variety of songs, and even oldies we rarely play! It's going to be a sad night but it also means the birth of new projects and new music! We're also going down to South America in June for one last hoorah. we're very excited about this. there are some shows posted right now, and more will be posted later. we cant wait to party with you crazy South Americans! come party with us one last time! Love, Rufio."
However, the band played a few gigs in 2008, and on December 27, 2009, drummer Terry Stirling Jr. announced the release of an EP to be entitled The Loneliest.
Rufio announced it was recording a full-length album that was slated for release in the summer of 2010 followed by worldwide touring.
In October 2010, Domae announced that he was leaving the band to pursue other projects.
In a YouTube video released by Stirling Jr. he has reportedly left Rufio to pursue other endeavors as of April 2011.
In July 2012, the band responded to a fan comment, stating that they were breaking up
Sellers moved on and was involved with the production and guest vocals for the band The Lost Boys Club which continues on the part of Rufio being the leader of The Lost Boys.
The band announced that they would be playing a one off reunion show on June 18th, 2015 at the Montebello Amnesia Rockfest.
- Scott Sellers - vocals, guitar
- Jon Berry - bass
- Clark Domae - guitar
- Mike Jimenez - drums
- Nathan Walker - drums
- Terry Stirling Jr. - drums
- Perhaps, I Suppose... (released 2001 on The Militia Group)
- MCMLXXXV (released 2003 on Nitro Records) #168 US Billboard 200
- The Comfort of Home (released 2005 on Nitro Records) #199 US Billboard 200
- Anybody Out There (released July 27, 2010 on The Militia Group)
Singles & EPs
- Rufio EP (released 2003 on Nitro Records)
- Above Me (Acoustic) 7" (released 2007 at their Farewell Tour in South America)
- The Loneliest EP (released January 19, 2010)