Twenty years on from their platinum selling album Sumo hitting number two on the ARIA Chart (and with a few ARIA Awards in the trophy cabinet), The Superjesus are back with an anniversary edition of their celebrated 1998 debut, set for release on August 17. As well as seeing the original album reissued on vinyl, the CD edition of Sumo – 20th Anniversary features bonus material sourced from triple j’s Live At The Wireless archive, as well as a never before heard studio recording: a Superjesus cover of Kylie Minogue’s Confide In Me. Supported by Triple M and New World Artists, The Superjesus will be hitting the road with an epic stack of gig dates in the second half of 2018 – fans had better get ready to get Down Again to the sounds of Adelaide’s finest ‘90s alternative rock band!
Initially known as Hell’s Kitchen, The Superjesus received national radio play with their debut 1996 EP Eight Step Rail and became a festival favourite at Big Day Out throughout the ‘90s. Inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2017, The Superjesus have much to celebrate – and celebrate they will with this extra-special edition of Sumo. Reflecting on the life-changing record, frontwoman Sarah McLeod says, “(When Sumo came out)…everything went big time. It was terrifying and exciting all at once. We worked so hard on that album… To be sitting here talking about it 20 years later, knowing that it was an important part of Australian music history and affected so many people along the way…it feels like an incredible achievement. We had no blueprint of how we wanted to sound – of course we had our influences, but it was the combination of those influences that made us become The Superjesus.”
Included in this massive Sumo re-release is the never-before-heard version of Kylie Minogue’s Confide In Me by The Superjesus. The track holds particular pertinence for frontwoman Sarah McLeod, since it was the number one single on the ARIA Singles Chart the month in which The Superjesus first formed in 1994. This interpretation is heavy as hell, and it’s got that undeniable Superjesus taste. “I have always been a Kylie fan,” says Sarah. “Back in 96 we recorded a really heavy version of Confide In Me, just for our own amusement. No one ever heard it, I can’t even find it to hear it now… I went to the guys and reminded them of the recording, and went straight home to work up a demo of it. Within a week we were playing it live on the festival stage and it seemed like the perfect addition to the Sumo – 20th Anniversary edition.”
The Superjesus are set to hit the road later this year to celebrate all things Sumo – and the experienced rockers are more than ready to give fans what they’ve been waiting for. With a couple of massive festival slots under their belt for this year already The Superjesus are back in a big way. Stoked to be back in touring mode, Sarah says, “Touring is all about stamina and momentum. In the 90’s we used to tour non-stop, we would play 5 to 6 nights a week for months to years at a time. This kind of momentum makes the band so incredibly tight – nothing else on earth can make a band better than by playing every night in front of a crowd. Since the 90’s we have not toured like this… We want to embark on this tour with no fear like we did then!” Bassist Stu Rudd gives fans a taste of what to expect from the massive shows, “We have not played some of the tunes we’ll be playing on this tour for years, seriously – YEARS! It’s going to be one hell of a show, playing Sumo in full, then following up with some faves as well! We are so pumped for this tour!”
Sumo – 20th Anniversary Edition CD and a limited red vinyl pressing of the original album will be released on August 17.
THE SUPERJESUS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF SUMO NATIONAL TOUR Presented by Triple M* and New World Artists
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William Crighton has announced a national tour for July/August 2018, giving this acclaimed singer songwriter an opportunity to showcase songs from his new album, EMPIRE.
A William Crighton live show is never a repetition of a previous one. “The essence of it is the live performance – it’s all moments captured,”William Crighton says of his new album Empire. “The shows will be a new experience. There’ll be songs from both ‘Empire’ and my first album and songs we only play live.”
Joining Crighton and his wife Julieanne will be Josh Jones from Dan Sultan’s band on bass and his good mate and collaborator Matt Sherrod (of Crowded House and Beck fame), who produced the album, and is travelling from Nashville to play drums.
EMPIRE sees Crighton expanding his powerful sound into sprawling new planes. “I wanted toexperiment further and create more sounds, create different soundscapes and explore that avenue further than I had previously,”Crighton explains.
In 2017, Crighton accompanied Dan Sultan and CW Stoneking on their respective national tours, and performed to massive crowds at WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival. He showcased at Canadian Music Week, New York City’s Mondo Music Conference and the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
Quickly building a reputation as a world-class live performer, Crighton recently completed his debut Canadian tour, alongside JUNO nominated Terra Lightfoot.
EMPIRE sees Crighton expand his study of the human psyche, hard close-ups meet a roving widescreen lens. It is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward along which hope will always chime.
William received rave reviews from fans and critics when he unveiled a selection of new songs from EMPIRE at Byron Bay Blues Festival over the Easter.