The Superjesus are well and truly on point. Touring their debut album Sumo around the country for its 20th anniversary is not an easy feat, but the Adelaide quartet have not lost one bit of their massive sound. Aussie rock seemed dead and buried in the 90's, but once The Superjesus hit the scene, it was like a fire was reignited and the rock gods smiled upon us once more.
As the Racehorse Hotel in Ipswich fills with keen fans, we think that our night is going to be kicked off with a support band. We are however pleasantly surprised as The Superjesus takes the stage and front woman Sarah informs us that we are getting the ultimate in SJ support bands, The Superjesus! Knowing that we are getting the privilege of a massive SJ setlist is a smack in the face we all want. Not only will we be getting their debut album Sumo in full, but also a second set of their most popular songs, covers and b-sides. This is a show for the biggest of SJ fans, and we're all in for quite a ride.
As we launch full throttle into song after song from Sumo, everyone in the venue is singing along word for word and moving uncontrollably to the tunes that shaped much of our high school years. This is a welcome trip down memory lane and it isn't long before one and all have found a connection with complete strangers. There are certain songs that bring about fond memories from our younger years, Sumo seemed to have all of these memories attached to them. Whether it was Ruddy’s deep bass lines or Sarah’s phenomenal voice, there is something that has kept SJ firmly in the front of our brains. The band departs the stage after smashing out ‘Dead Ended’ to much grandeur.
The second set kicks off with Sarah sitting solo at a piano and serenading us with ‘Second Sun’. This is where the show gets amazing. As we progress through their extensive back catalogue, it's easy to see why this band has stood the test of time. Guitarist Jason Slack shreds through solos whilst the newest member, Travis Dragani, pounds the skins with ferocity and skill that is perfectly suited to the bands style. Sarah and Ruddy have not lost one bit of their chemistry, the two of them are best mates, and it shows with how well their performance compliments one another. With an absolute cracking rendition of Kylie Minogue's ‘Confide In Me’, Sarah blasts out the high notes with ease and has the audience in the palm of her hand. This is definitely one of the best SJ shows i've had the privilege to witness.
As the night comes to a close, we have sung together, danced together and got sweaty together. It's made for a brilliant night and we're now eagerly anticipating the Jet Age 20th Anniversary Tour. Well done guys, you haven't lost it one bit.
Images (c) JD Punisher Photography & Carlie Tanithskye