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When Superheist took to the stage last year with their ‘Don’t Call It A Comeback’ tour, it was hard to describe it as anything but… it was a comeback, and a most epic one at that. After time away to work on several issues with production and roll call, dropping new music gave the band the boost they needed. With the release of Ghosts Of The Social Dead, the band and fans alike were revitalised to the Superheist sound. The return to the live stage was mind-blowing, utterly sensational. Superheist took to their performances with an impassioned rage, determined to make their mark as forerunners of Australian nu-metal, but to also give back to the fans who have stood by all these years with patience and support. Frontman Ezekiel Ox swells with pride as he discusses the experience, “We were hitting our stride then so, the whole Superheist return tour was absolutely sensational.

“Sydney was one of the best shows, it had a certain edge – we filmed the crowd when we played “Wolves In Your Head Space” and that was just amazing, so much energy – if people did want to check that show out they can check out, the video clip is on YouTube.

“[There were] a lot of fans old and new and people were buzzing. We were finding our feet, and working out a few lineup issues throughout that has been, at times, challenging, but it’s been a fruitful time for the band.”

Did you miss out? Fear not, Superheist have announced a national tour beginning June 16, coinciding with their new release: Raise Hell AAA Side. An interesting title – where most bands wold release a single with an A and B side, Superheist have one-upped their game – AAA raises some questions. “Oh, you think we’re pushing it a little bit?” Ox asks with an air of worry.  No, it’s just curious – are Superheist likening themselves to batteries? “Yes!” Ox exclaims, pleased at the notion, “I hadn’t even thought of that, yes, that’s cool, AAA batteries!

“We’ve got 25 songs written for the next album, so we’re already well and truly down that path. And we want to tour again! [To] get back out there and show off our new lineup, so we thought we’d put together a AAA side so that we could put out some new music and show people what we’ve been up to – DW [guitarist and founding member, DW Norton] had just gotten himself a 8 string guitar so we thought let’s put something out, some really exciting tacks to show people what we’re doing.

“My favourite track on the AAA Side is “Got The Bounce”, but everyone has a different fave – they’re all very strong songs. We’re just so stoked with how that sounds and what we’ve managed to achieve, going back to basics, and using DW’s amazing ARIA nominated production skills to produce, record and master the tracks in house – I think it’s the best Superheist stuff yet, but I have to say that because I’m the new singer!”

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New singer? Ahem. No, Ox, you are far from new – you are the singer. Ox took over frontman duties in 2016 when Superheist ended their lengthy hiatus and former lead vocalist, Joey Biro, had well and truly left the group. As Ox stated at their last Sydney show, this is a guy who was a fan as a teenager, singing Superheist songs in his bedroom, ignorant of the idea that one day he’d be the one on the stage that people sang with.

“I’m actually the third and final [frontman], that’s how I see it. DW and I have a wonderful working relationship, something that can be taken forward. I’ve certainly been putting my mark on it and I tend to agree, I feel very settled in the band now, I’ve managed to throw my weight around a bit and get things where I want them – now we’re in a position where we can look forward to the future, putting out the best nu-metal in Australia, which is our mission! Superheist is a very specific genre where we were never cool, even back in the day when I wasn’t in it, and we don’t really care about being cool.

“We just want to make big mosh pit friendly riffs and bring people back to basics with great, aggressive, passive vocals and a killer live show, that’s what we’re about. The new music we’re putting out,” Ox continues, “is indicative of how strong the band is at the moment, and how quickly we’ve managed to pull together and set ourselves up for the future.”

Superheist’s lineup has been through the ringer, but it’s clear from Ox’s firm tone when he discusses his new bandmates, this lineup gels. These guys are on point, this is the lineup. “Situations change but we’re extremely keen to pursue and work with all the current members. The core of the band now is DW and I – as far as the songwriting goes – and we love working together.

“Anything could happen, the sky could fall in tomorrow, but we feel settled; like we’ve got a lot of grownups in the band, who have been there, done it and got the postcard. So we certainly feel like we’ve got a point to prove on the ‘Raise Hell Tour’ coming up.”

Indeed, Superheist will be back to party on a national tour in (a month), showcasing this stellar lineup of top musicians and a slew of new music. “I can’t wait to see all the punters frothing at the mouth!” Ox laughs. “I have a mountain goat complex, or so I’m told. I like to climb things, and I do, and then I’ll jump off them. I think engaging the crowd, redefining the space in a rock ‘n’ roll setting is a really important part of what I do, and I couldn’t be happier with that role that I play.

“Superheist is a state of mind.”

Written by Anna Rose

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