ARIA nominated and triple j hottest 100 charting, Superheist recently put on a local band competition and three Adelaide bands have secured a support slot for the Fowlers Live show on June 17.
Originally, when the competition was announced, there was to be only one winner for each of the three opening local support spots for the Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne shows.
The national comp asked entrants to spread the word about their city’s show on the upcoming six-date tour and the bands who were most creative would win a spot.
The three shortlisted Adelaide bands turned up the heat – one of the bands printing huge Superheist posters and holding them up at an Adelaide AFL game!
Other entrants were equally good, making the competition too tough, so, Superheist decided to put three bands on the bill.
“One of Superheist’s first ever support slot was opening for The Cosmic Psychos in the early ’90s. We expected to be setting in front, have no lights and only half the P.A, but it was quite the opposite,” says Superheist guitarist dw Norton. “[We had] full sound check, full stage, full light show and the whole P.A. We were blown away by the hospitality from the headliner. I thanked Ross, Cosmic Psychos frontman, after the show and he said he’d never forgotten how tough it is for young bands starting out and he wanted to do his part in making it a great experience for us. I took that ideal from him and applied it through my career.
“The Raising Hell With Superheist Support Band Comp was inspired by that and similar awesome stories from cool bands we’ve played with in the past. This competition gave unknown bands a chance to open for us on a big stage without having to have a manager or a booking agent, or have any experience whatsoever. The door was open to all and sundry!
What we got was an unprecedented show of hunger and desire from some very cool bands that some of us may never have noticed previously. Particularly from the three finalists in Adelaide, Suffer The Evenue, Born Of Dust and Terminal Zero.
“Each band went above and beyond the call of duty and showed that they were all equally worthy winners. We literally couldn’t split them. So now all three bands get to join us at Fowlers on the 17th of June.
“In my opinion Adelaide has always been a leader in heavy music, great bands such as, I Killed The Prom Queen, Day Of Contempt, Truth Corroded, In:Extremis and Embodiment 12:14 all dished up a world class sound and performance, and these three bands will be no different. SA Metal does the city of churches proud!” dw Norton says.
“The level of creativity and energy from the Adelaide bands was off the charts, so we couldn’t split them,” agrees Superheist vocalist Ezekiel Ox. “It’s also great to be at the stage of our careers where we can help out some up and coming independent bands by giving them a massive show to play with us.”
Superheist recently released a triple-A side with singles ‘Raise Hell’, ‘Got The Bounce’ and ‘Fully Loaded’. LISTEN HERE