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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Spent your youth moshing to Grinspoon? Reckon the Js were never as good as when they were spinning Killing Heidi and Eskimo Joe? Missing holding a frothy in a cup with the Summer sun shining down as you nod your head to a bit of Jebediah and Superjesus? Hotter Than Hell has heard your cries and is bringing back the old-skool summer festival vibes across three states this summer.
Bringing together Australia’s monsters of rock, Hotter Than Hell features a rotating lineup of alternative royalty, hitting Townsville, Gladstone, Brisbane, Ipswich, Adelaide, Melbourne and Geelong in massive outdoor events at some of the country’s most unsuspecting venues and all for just sixty bucks (presale price).
Hotter Than Hell’s aim has been to bring these highend events to places that may not usually be on most artists touring routes or a destination location for new festivals.
Organisers have said “the intention of Hotter Than Hell has been to bring back the nostalgic feel of some of your best festival memories similar to that of Homebake and Livid, but more importantly, bringing it to thriving areas that don’t get spoiled with great touring music usually”.
Lose control to the ‘Just Ace’ Grinspoon, get ‘Down Again’ with The Superjesus, slip along with Jebediah’s ‘Teflon’, Throw on your ‘Mascara’ with Killing Heidi, grab a drink ‘In The Summertime’ with Thirsty Merc, ‘Never Have So Much Fun’ with Frenzal Rhomb, ‘Rip It Up’ with 28 Days and so much more.
The only thing missing is your wallet chain and fairy outfits.
HOTTER THAN HELL tix are on sale for just $65 with an exclusive early bird pre-sale from this Thursday October 12. Limited to just 1000 tickets per show.
Aussie rock royalty Sarah McLeod has today announced her new single Wild Hearts, a laid-back, content ode to finding fulfillment through creative endeavours. Lifted from her self-produced new album, Rocky’s Diner – her first solo album in 12 years – released on August 18, the talented vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, who first found fame in the late 1990s with 3X ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, has also dropped a gorgeous video for Wild Hearts, encapsulating the simple beauty in what at first appears mundane. And due to high demand from fans wanting a piece of the action, Sarah has extended her national Rocky’s Diner tour into November and December, set to swing through Adelaide at Jive on November 5, then moving through Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury, Bulli, and finishing up in Sydney at The Lansdowne on December 16.
Wild Hearts is a fine example of Sarah’s storytelling abilities; those that hooked so many from the very beginning of her career. The simplicity of this track, and the narrative that drives it, is where the beauty lies here; a lone voice accompanied by understated guitar slowly swells into a full rock-band arrangement and just as quickly recedes again. Sarah paints a picture for the audience, and with just a few choice words she develops a character with a depth that demands multiple listens. She explains, “I wanted a lead who could show fulfilment within a scenario that to most would appear to be failure. I was going to start by describing what my character was, but I decided rather to describe what she wasn’t, and let the listener imagine the rest: ‘She’s not 18, living on guts and coca cola, she’s never been on train, or felt the ocean’s salty water.’ I was imagining a woman around my own age, not oblivious to the world around her but not an active participant either. She’s not flighty, she’s a thinker. She has a repetitive life and she enjoys the routine, and she would find fulfilment through creating stories about fictitious characters doing fictitious things. This writing was her release and it made her happy and noone in the world could touch that.”
The video documents seemingly routine moments in time, like passing buskers in the street – but rather than rush by them, like you might if you were on your way to work or similar responsibilities, the clip allows you to stay a while. With the help of Tribal Apes (Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena, Havana Brown), Sarah has created a little time capsule of a creative moment in her life, alongside her canine companion Chachi, and invites the audience to share it with her, as Sarah says, “The clip is basically about depicting the beauty in what appears to be the mundane. Observing people in the street connecting with each other, finding joy in simplicity, all through the eyes of me and my best friend, my dog Chachi…and now I’ve got a little movie of me and Chach to watch when we’re older! That clip will make me smile forever.”
The recent South Australia Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Sarah McLeod has extended her already-massive national tour, adding nine extra shows in celebration of the new album Rocky’s Diner. Performing as a two-piece band alongside drummer Mick Skelton (Baby Animals), the powerhouse and self-confessed lover of touring has some seriously unique and impressive plans for the shows, explaining, “I have designed a guitar whereby I can play bass and regular guitar at the same time. It’s been a lot of trial and error because I didn’t really know what I was doing – but it seems to be working now! It’s a very ambitious live show, but super fun to perform. Chachi comes with us as well, she wears little headphones and sits on stage. I love touring so I don’t even care where I am or where I am going, as long as I am playing every night I am happy. I feel I am at my best when I’m touring.”
Sea N Sound Festival will be making its way to the infamous Frankston Peninsula this November, aiming to create a boutique blend of coastal lifestyle and local culture with great focus on the best live music, local food and Australian craft beer.
Held at Frankston Park; overlooking the magnificent vista of Port Phillip Bay, Sea n Sound Festival is shaping up to be the biggest contemporary event to hit Frankston, with a line up that will bring the soun
d of nostalgia to anyone’s ear.
Aussie favourites Jebediah headline the inaugural Sea N Sound Frankston, joined by New Zealand grunge rock legends SHIHAD, Adelaide rockers The Superjesus, and Frankston punk rockers 28 DAYS. Add seasoned Vic indie rock darlings, Dallas Crane and local boys The Diecasts and you have yourself a day out that will rock your foundations.
Frankston City Mayor, Cr Brian Cunial has said: “Serving up more than the average fanfare, the exciting new Sea N Sound event, part of Council’s 2017-2018 Tourism Event Attraction Program, is set to serve up a treat to visitors from all over the region.”
Along with Local Craft Brewer pop-up “Beer Gardens” and a tantali
sing selection of local seafood offerings and food trucks, any beach lover in Australia will be left with no choice, but to come and revel in everything that makes Frankston Peninsula one of Australia’s most loved destinations.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd of August from 9am through Oztix