Sarah McLeod

Mov­ing from state to state this Aussie rock princess has lost none of her spark

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I make my own clothes to wear on stage. I would chop up old tops or draw on them. I of­fi­cially launched the brand in Fe­bru­ary, but I have been do­ing this for me for­ever. wenty years on, The Su­per­je­sus’ Sarah McLeod is still liv­ing her rock’n’roll dream, and there’s no slow­ing her down. To­gether with the band, she has em­barked on a an­niver­sary tour of their plat­inum-sell­ing al­bum Sumo. The orig­i­nal al­bum has even been reis­sued on vinyl with a rock cover of Kylie Minogue’s Con­fide In Me.

Aside from pre­par­ing for a na­tional tour, she’s re­cently wrapped up play­ing the role of St Jimmy in the stage pro­duc­tion of Green Day’s rock mu­si­cal Amer­i­can Id­iot, and has also moved to Mel­bourne. It’s a lot to take in, but, as Sarah says: “I have ants in my pants and just need to keep mov­ing.

“I was home­less, well, I was liv­ing with my mum dur­ing Amer­i­can Id­iot, and be­fore that I was in Syd­ney,” she adds.

Orig­i­nally from Ade­laide, Sarah re­fuses to put down roots in any one place.

“I like to move around. I have lived in Mel­bourne be­fore and have con­sid­ered Bris­bane,” she says. “My dad is in Syd­ney, my mum and band are in Ade­laide. I thought Mel­bourne was a good in-be­tweener.”

Sarah has moved into a two-bed­room cot­tage in the in­ner city, which is also a bit of a nov­elty. Hav­ing spent a sleep­less night on her sis­ter’s floor (TV pre­sen­ter Leah McLeod), she dashed out to see the re­al­tor just as her sis­ter left for the school run the next day.

“I usu­ally go for a 1950s retro-style home, and this looks like a lady’s cot­tage with french doors and a gar­den,” she says. “It was the first home I saw and I took it straight away.”

Not that she’ll get much chance to ac­quaint t her­self with her new place. The Sumo tour kicks off next week in Ade­laide and NSW dates es are lined up from Oc­to­ber 13 at var­i­ous venues. s.

Out­door set­ting

I like to pre­tend I’m like the old peo­ple in Florida sip­ping pina co­lada in the back­yard. I’m in front of the com­puter a lot, so it’s nice to sit out­side and stare at the stars.

Grundig record player

It doesn’t mat­ter what you play on it, it sounds like a ‘50s record. It has the ab­so­lute best sound.

OG gui­t­gui­tar

This gui­tar was given to me by Billy Thorpe and I butchered it to be able to play both bass and gui­tar. I think he would be happy with my mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

1973 Gib­son SG gui­tar

This was my first gui­tar, and I love the old dog. I didn’t know a thing about gui­tars when I bought it, I just liked the look of it. It still sounds and feels amaz­ing.


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