It has been more than a decade since The Superjesus performed on the Sunshine Coast and frontwoman Sarah McLeod and bass guitarist Stuart Rudd are pumped to be lighting up the stage at Under the Southern Stars early next year.
The Superjesus will be joining Sheppard, Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow in a stellar line-up of Australian music royalty at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on January 20.
The all-ages event will be the first time since 1996 that The Superjesus will smash out a set in the region and Ms McLeod says what they have put together “will be epic.”
“We are taking the best bits from our two-hour show and condensing it into a one-hour hit list and we cannot wait,” she says.
“I’m looking forward to catching some sunshine. We rockers live by night and are too pale, but like plants we need sunshine to survive.”
This means fans will get to rock out to everything from their hit singles Down Again and Gravity through to more recent releases from their 2016 album Love and Violence.
Ms McLeod says although the band has had its fair share of line-up changes over the years, they are now in their element. “The band has never been better; we are the tightest and most creative we have ever been and we also have the best chemistry, and that is so important in a band.
“It’s been a bloody long, hard road but the persistence is paying off.”
The Superjesus have been travelling the country with their Sumo 20th Anniversary tour and earlier this year, Ms McLeod dabbled in musical theatre by taking up the role of St Jimmy in American Idiot to rave reviews when it was showing in Brisbane.
“It was the most fabulous experience of my life. I’ve been dying to do some acting and would do it again in a heartbeat. It was quite thrilling actually,” she says.
“I adore the theatre. I love the aspect of playing a role to a live audience. I love the routine of it, I love the discipline of it, I love the fear that one wrong move can bring the entire production down.
“It’s so much harder than being in band – if I make a mistake I can’t expect 20 other actors to just roll with it. You literally cannot make a mistake and if you do, you have to cover it quickly without throwing the other actors off. The pressure is right on.”
Ms McLeod says The Superjesus’ show at Under The Southern Stars will be the “best you’ve ever seen” and the band plans to harness this newfound chemistry to see “what will unfold.”
“We are looking at writing new material,” Mr Rudd adds. “Some things already have been recorded in crude fashion and when we have some downtime, we will progress into the studio.
“Who knows what the future will hold?” Ms McLeod says. “I don’t really make plans, plans make me, and I am just as surprised about the twists and turns as everyone else is.”
Tickets for Under The Southern Stars are available now and all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster before December 31 will go into the draw to win an electric guitar signed by artists appearing on the 2019 line-up.
For entry details go to ticketmaster.com.au/underthesouthernstars.