The Superjesus are back with an anniversary edition of their celebrated 1998 debut album Sumo – and it features a “heavy as hell” cover of a Kylie Minogue hit.
As well as releasing the original album 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 of The Superjesus covering Kylie Minogue’s Confide In Me.
The track holds particular pertinence for frontwoman Sarah McLeod, since it was the number one single on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1994, the same year and month in which The Superjesus formed.
“I have always been a Kylie fan and back in ‘96 we recorded a heavy as hell version of Confide In Me, just for our own amusement,” says Sarah.
“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. Within a week we were playing it live on the festival stage.”
The Superjesus are hitting the road later this year to celebrate all things Sumo, with a Canberra show at new live music haunt Molo Live.
Stoked to be back in touring mode, Sarah says the live gigs are all about “stamina and momentum”.
“In the 90s we used to tour non-stop, we would play five to six 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 90s we have not toured like this… We want to embark on this tour with no fear, just 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.”
The new release Sumo – 20th Anniversary Edition CD and a limited red vinyl pressing of the original album will be out Friday 17 August.
Sumo – 20th Anniversary Edition Tour
Molo Live @ ANU Pop-up Village
Friday 12 October