‘The Superjesus’ front woman Sarah McLeod talks about revisiting one of the biggest Aussie rock albums of the 90’s.
In the mid to late 90’s, if you were into the alternative music scene, the Big Day Out was the hottest ticket in town. With mega lineups that included names such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn and Foo Fighters, the legendary festival had a reputation amongst bands and fans alike as the ‘must have’ ticket of the Aussie summer.
But it wasn’t just the big name internationals that we went to see. Australian alternative music had a thriving scene at the time and spawned tunes that went straight to our hearts. The Living End, Regurgitator, Grinspoon and Powderfinger were just some of the names that we flocked to see at summer festivals. Another staple of the time was Adelaide rockers The Superjesus. Led by Sarah McLeod, they were riding high off the back of the multi platinum album ‘Sumo’.
“20 years ago, do you have to remind me it was that long ago,” joked McLeod. “I’m so stoked that people still want to come to our shows after all this time!”
The reason we’re chatting with McLeod is because The Superjesus have just kicked off their national tour to celebrate 20 years of ‘Sumo’. So we had to know, are they were still the same hard living rockers of 1998?
“In the old days we used to drink a lot,” McLeod reminisced. “It was just like a lot of wine and a lot of moving around and a lot of kicking the shit out of each other,” she joked.
“But now we’re all really pro and Im not drinking at all which is amazing for me”
“It’s the only way I can manage to sing for two hours a night, four to five times a week”
“I feel great about it, I’m really clear and so much sharper”.
The new found sharpness is obviously working wonders for the band. The crowds are loving an injection of 90’s rock nostalgia. Who can blame them with hits like ‘Gravity’, ‘Down Again’ and ‘Secret Agent Man’ in The Superjesus’ arsenal.
‘It’s blowing my mind. I never expected it to be like this,” McLeod exclaimed. “The response has been quite moving, everyone seems to know all the words to every song and they’re singing really loud”
“We have these big breakdown moments, where we just stop and the whole auditorium is singing”.
“I’m just standing there with the hair is just standing up on the back of my neck.”
“I just thought that was something that happened when you go to see Billy Joel,” McLeod laughed.
The Superjesus ‘Sumo 20 Year Anniversary Tour’. The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury (Nov 1), The Newport Hotel, Fremantle (Nov 2) and Capitol Perth (Nov 3).
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