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Jordan chats to Ruddy from The Superjesus.

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.

Jordan catches up with Ruddy to discuss 20 years on.

Hey guys! Jordan here.

  • 20 years on from Sumo, how do you feel about the album? Has age changed how you see your work?

Firstly we are really excited to be playing the album in its entire glory ! We have just remastered SUMO, and when we had the time to sit back and listen, it was hard to believe it was 20 years. We can look at things a little different now as to song writing, but for the most part trusting your ear will always be a good indication.

 

  • What do you think your biggest achievement has been looking back over your career so far? What would you like to achieve in the future?

I think the biggest achievement so far has been the fact we are still doing it!! Aria awards were also a great achievement, and quite recently The Superjesus were inducted into the South Australian Hall of Fame. I guess I’d like to our future to continue playing and writing music!

  • Next month you take off on a tour of the country, could you tell us a little bit about what to expect on this tour?

Yes well, we are going out for 2 months playing around Aus, and what we are doing is performing the entire SUMO album  , then we are coming back on for the longest encoure of songs, to make it one hell of a rocking night! We are playing songs that are rare, medium and well done! Basically it’s a 2 set show!! We are really excited!!!

  • Are there any particular songs from across your career that stand out as being fun or enjoyable to play?

Some times when we play songs they can evoke for me, certain thoughts or feelings. Take for instance Shut My Eyes. I can be playing that song and all of a sudden, the memory of the first time I heard it on radio or the first time we played it as a band, will enter my head. I always enjoy gravity because I see people signing along and it a good feeling giving the people a buzz.  

  • You’ve mentioned as a band that the reunion show in 2013 went particularly well and led to The Superjesus reuniting properly, has the music felt as good since then?

Yes the music has felt like an old pair of your fave jeans from the get go. Its crazy that you go into ‘auto pilot’ after not playing the songs for a while. Straight back into the saddle you might say!

  • Any chance of seeing a new The Superjesus album in the future?

That is a good question. We very much feel we have an album in us, and once we get a chance to sift through recordings and bits a pieces , and see what we like or get a focus, we may just hit the record button!

Thank you for your time!

No sweat, cheers.

Ruddy

THE SUPERJESUS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF SUMO NATIONAL TOUR

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