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THE DIVINE SUPERJESUS

Jet Age into the Twenty First Century Tour

Sunday 26th at Bar 1 Hillarys.

By Kym Redmond

Photos: Sheldon Ang Photography

Sarah McLeod of The Superjesus

To find out I was reviewing Aussie icons The Superjesus was exciting. Anyone who has head banged to the Adelaide band in their 20-year career would agree that they put on a cracking, high tempo performance. The four piece has always been on my radar since we were rocking and playing zombie pinball in the mosh pit at the Big Day Out of 1999.

Tonight’s performance at Bar 1 Nightclub in Hillarys was the final leg of a 4-suburb tour in Western Australia, as part of the rescheduled “Jet Age into the Twenty First Century (Australian) Tour”. Alas, due to Covid, the residents of the lucky state were the sole spectators of this tour, so far. Sarah McLeod – lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist – once again being the force majeure on stage, propagating another layer of scintillating mojo into their third decade. It’s easy to be captivated by her amazing soulful and soaring vocals, cheeky demeanor and her shredding abilities on guitar! Editor: The photos were taken at The Railway Hotel (Port Beach) in North Fremantle.

The opening act was Perth’s four piece Indie Rock/ Pop band 46 Brigade, recently the warm up act on the big stage for another legendary Aussie band 1927, thus cementing their status in the Perth’s rock scene as the front runners.

With super catchy tracks, Craig Ballantyne led the vocal charge, casting a strong set with Rise Up from their 2013 debut album “Reverse the Future”, and Pictures of Better Days, Devil with a Silver Tongue and a personal favourite of mine, Roll on Monday (written for Ballantyne’s daughter) from their latest album “Into the Great Unknown”. They oozed the rock’esq stature, sizzling the stage with high energy – the kind of presence the rock world has missed since the 90’s. 46 Brigade cast an imperious confidence and showmanship onstage, showing everyone just why they scored this amazing support.

46 Brigade

The Superjesus graced the stage at 8:30pm. People were assuming their positions, filling the room vying for front and centre.

They played their second album release of ‘Jet Age’ in its entirety, a first for this album since its release in 2000. It was great to hear some old favourites, starting with Over to you, Secret Agent Man, Holy water, Enough to Know, In Harms Way – which highlighted Ruddy’s chops on bass and Slack on lead guitar.

They threw in a cover of Jealousy from The Gin Blossoms with McLeod stating that her dream is to one day be in a cover band playing rock covers on lead guitar “Doing what this guy does”, referring to Jason Slack on lead as she gave him a wink.

As the show went on, their energy went through the roof, chucking the occasional banter between McLeod and the band. The fun that exuded was something to behold. It is evident their two decades of musical integration (albeit some lineup changes) moulded these musos as the the real deal, while conceiving several chart topping albums along the way…with Jet Age peaking at number 5 on the ARIA album charts in 2000.

They have a deep connection among themselves and were engaging with the crowd, including a moment when McLeod split the audience in two and had each group singing the lyrics to Gravity. They left the crowd wanting for more including me, wishing they could tease us with their 1998 Debut album ‘Sumo’ – which reached number 2 on the Album charts.

Nevertheless, it was a great ending to a four-day tour of Jet Age!

Editor: Kym Redmond is the singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of Perth’s Band of Missfits – a WA Music Awards nominee for their addictive rock and grunge music. Sheldon Ang is the Chief Photographer and Senior Journalist at Around the Sound, who has interviewed some of the biggest names in Rock including the likes of Ace Frehley (ex KISS) and Andrew Farris (INXS).

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