When we caught up with The Superjesus singer Sarah McLeod a couple of weeks ago about her Melbourne Guitar Show appearance, she also lifted the lid on the news that The Superjesus were releasing a live album and writing songs for a new studio album.
Today the band has officially announced, The Superjesus SUMO 20 LIVE – a double live album recorded during their massive 20thanniversary tour of their celebrated debut album SUMO, set for release on September 6 and available to preorder from July 4. And not only will fans be able to re-live the hits, b-sides and rareties through this killer live album, but The Superjesus have also announced a run of shows in September to celebrate the release, with support from Violetine. The group will be hitting up Badlands in Perth on September 6, then moving through Adelaide, Melbourne, and wrapping up in Sydney at Crowbar on September 21, with tickets onsale Thursday July 4. Lastly, as if all of this wasn’t enough, The Superjesus have also announced that they have recorded a brand new, never-before-heard song, entitled The Impossible, which will be available as an exclusive free download to those purchasing a ticket to the tour, or buying the SUMO 20 LIVE on vinyl, or a ticket and vinyl bundle.
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. Their iconic album SUMO reached number two on the ARIA charts, and with a few ARIA awards in the trophy cabinet and their well-deserved induction into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2017, The Superjesus are seriously beloved Australian rockers. Their epic 2018 tour celebrating 20 years of SUMO was a true testament to this, with fans flocking from far and wide to party with The Superjesus once more.
The SUMO 20 LIVE album captures this energy, as frontwoman Sarah McLeod explains, “2018 was the year that marked the 20 year anniversary of our debut album SUMO. To celebrate, we put together a show that encompassed a jurassic back catalogue of material that rolled out a two and a half hour show. After smashing this set out night after night, it became obvious to us that we had become a pretty good band! Three quarters of the way through the tour we decided that we should document where we were at, because it was surprising even us! Also, and more importantly, the crowds were singing along with us with enthusiasm like we’d never heard before. This shit needed to be recorded, so we set it up to film and record two shows. We were playing two sets per night, set one was Sumo, set two was hits and rarities. We recorded set one at the Manning Bar in Sydney and set two at The Zoo in Brisbane and were stoked with how it came up.”
The experienced rockers are more than ready to hit the road again to launch this dynamic live album. Thrilled to be back in touring mode, McLeod says,“Luckily our idea to create a killer live album worked, and the results were better than we had hoped. It’s more a ‘best of’ than a Sumo live record and we are very proud of it – and now we get to go on tour to coincide with its release and we’ve dragged our old touring mates Violetine out of retirement for the occasion! We’ve been big fans of this band since they released Small Speaker Joyland in the 90’s. We are very happy that they’ve agreed to reform to tour with us!”
Fans of The Superjesus had best be quick to secure tickets to these shows – they won’t stick around for long.
Tickets to the SUMO 20 DOUBLE LIVE national tour will be available at 10am on Thursday July 4 from www.thesuperjesus.com
THE SUPERJESUS SUMO 20 LIVE is set for release on September 6 and will be available to preorder (digital and vinyl only) at 10am on Thursday July 4 from www.thesuperjesus.com
THE SUPERJESUS SUMO 20 DOUBLE LIVE TOUR
And don’t forget Sarah McLeod plays the Melbourne Guitar Show on Saturday August 3. Tickets HERE
Check out our video interviews with Sarah here: