To be honest with you, that was a really rough time for me, that whole Sumo era. I didn’t really enjoy anything that was going on, any of the success. The inner turmoil that was going on within the band at that time, overshadowed any success and fun I could have had. Every day was a drama and a nightmare, and I couldn’t really enjoy it. Paul (Berryman – Drums) and Stuart (Rudd – Bass) enjoyed it more than me. I was fighting with Chris (Tennent – Guitar) so much, that I don’t really remember the good times as much. It was just a whirlwind of hard work, action, and a lot of dramas.
Initially known as Hell’s Kitchen, The Superjesus received national radio play with their debut 1996 EP Eight Step Rail and became a festival favourite at Big Day Out throughout the ‘90s. Inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2017, The Superjesus have much to celebrate – and celebrate they will with this extra-special edition of Sumo.
“It’s amazing to be working with Sheryl,” says Reef guitarist Jesse Wood of the track. “Who doesn’t love Sheryl Crow and her voice? And I think here it’s even better than it was when you first heard her on ‘All I Wanna Do.’”
It’s been a decade since this duo – Julian Hamilton & Kim Moyes – first set festival fields alight with breakthrough anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences.
“Bitter Pink reflects feelings of frustration and being down on your own reality,wanting to make something better for yourself but instead drowning out the dullness with old habits. The song is intended to echo how we frustrate ourselvesand agonise over the sometimes bitter realities of our choices,” said vocalist, Tom Spurgin.