Next weekend, The Gov will be hit by She Who Rocks: a trio of female fronted bands, headlined by Baby Animals and The Superjesus and supported by winners of a social media competition.

The Adelaide leg of the national tour will be supported by local bands Squeaker (Friday 19th), and Mere Machine (Saturday 20th) whose fans voted to see them on the bill.

Left: The Superjesus. Right: Baby Animals.

The concept for the tour was dreamed up after Baby Animals and The Superjesus were removed from the line-up of A Day on the Green last year in favour of Billy Idol.

Dropping the two legendary ‘90s bands left the festival with an all male line-up, which Sarah McLeod, front-woman of The Superjesus, hilariously dubbed ‘a sausage fest’.

Rising above the controversy surrounding the snubbing, Sarah and Suze (DeMarchi, front-woman of Baby Animals) decided to create their own tour.

Although prompted by recent events, Sarah says the pairing has always been on the cards, but things just fell into place this time.

“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We’d been talking about it for years and then when the camel’s back broke, we said, right, let’s do our own tour! We’ve wanted to play together for ages, we just hadn’t found the right time to do it,” she says.

But neither band imagined the enthusiasm that has accompanied the tour so far, with a majority of the shows selling out quickly.

“It’s great! More of a vibe than I thought there would be. I knew it would be good, but people have been lining up around the corner at sound check, and I haven’t seen that sort of enthusiasm since the nineties,” Sarah says.

“I’m amazed. It’s really hard to get people to gigs these days, let alone people champing at the bit to scratch the last few tickets, or queuing up for hours prior to doors opening so they can grab the last couple of tickets on the door. We’re all just stoked. It’s so incredible.”

Each state was offered the chance for a female-fronted band to be the support act by inviting local bands to nominate themselves and garner votes, with the winner earning a spot on the bill.

“It came from the Baby Animals camp,” Sarah says. “They put this competition together and people voted for who they wanted. Whoever got the most votes got the gig. I’m looking forward to seeing all the winners play.”

Formed in 1994, ARIA award winning Adelaide band The Superjesus rose to fame with hits like “Shut My Eyes”, “Secret Agent Man,” and “Gravity”.

The group split in 2004 with Sarah pursuing a solo career and the rest of the band working on various musical projects.

But sparked by the reunion of the She Who Rocks tour, Sarah is thrilled that The Superjesus is back and writing new music.

“It’s fun to be in a band and rocking again. I do so many solo acoustic shows, which I love, but it’s fun to blow the cobwebs out, turn the amps up, jump around and get all sweaty. I love doing that! It’s one of my favourite things,” she laughs.

“We’ve got a couple of new songs in the set too, which is amazing for us because we haven’t had new songs for about ten years.”

The new music is part of an EP, which is set for release pretty soon, but so far, Sarah says the reaction to new music at the live shows has been positive.

“We’re looking at bringing that out at the end of the year. It’s the two songs we’re playing in the set, a bunch more; and we’re still writing. So when it comes to the crunch, and time to do the final recording, may the best man win out of all what we’ve got so far!” she laughs.

“The songs have been going down really well; better than I would have thought, because it’s hard playing a whole set of singles from a ten year career and then jamming brand new ones in that no one’s ever heard. But the crowd seems to be responding well to them, so that’s exciting. I’m looking forward to getting them out on the market.”

As well as The Superjesus EP, Sarah has been working on a recording with a couple of other established musicians.

“I have got a record coming out with Jeff Martin from the Tea Party and Mick Skelton from the Baby Animals. We’ve already recorded it, so apparently that’s coming out second half of the year,” she says.

“It’s super eclectic. There’s no one individual style. There’s African songs and then dark, demonic songs and then orchestral songs and ballads. It’s a tapestry of all different styles. It’s totally cool.”

While she’s in town for the She Who Rocks tour on 19th and 20th of June, Sarah will also be playing a solo gig on the 21st at PJ O’Brien’s with tickets available through Eventbrite.

But before that, she and The Superjesus will play She Who Rocks with Baby Animals for what looks to be a sold out season in Adelaide.

Supporting She Who Rocks for the sold out show on 19th June is Squeaker, fronted by Georgii Staben, who has been dubbed by fans and friends in the local music scene as the ‘Viking of Adelaide’.

Georgii rocking the Crown and Sceptre stage. Photo by Melissa Taylor
Georgii rocking the Crown and Sceptre stage. Photo by Melissa Taylor

Tall, blonde, sexy and charged with unkempt rock prowess, Georgii is ecstatic to be taking to the stage to support the gig.

“We were so thrilled because the music industry is saturated with a lot of male singers. It was a really special time for us to be able to score this, especially knowing we will be sharing the stage with Baby Animals, who inspired us when we were younger. We’re really excited,” she says.

Having recently released their album In Love/In Madness, Georgii says they are hoping to share local music with the She Who Rocks audience and win a few more fans.

“A lot of people going to this show probably wouldn’t go out and see original local bands in smaller venues. They might go to The Gov and bigger venues, but I’m looking forward to showcasing what’s out there in Adelaide, because there’s amazing music and performers. I’m looking forward to getting up there and saying, ‘Hey we are from Adelaide, this is in your local venues, get out there!’” she says.

We at The Upside News urge you to take Georgii’s advice; there’s some incredible local music happening in your local live music venues so get out there and experience what your state has to offer.

The very few remaining tickets to She Who Rocks are available through Oztix; doors open 7:30pm.

By Libby Parker

Photos lifted from the bands’ Facebook pages

Originally published in BSide Magazine
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