So many bands have laid claim to the title "greatest rock and roll band in the world" that the words have lost all meaning. And, really, does anyone think for a second that there's been another band in the last, oh say, 30 years that can, without laughing, make such a boast?
Enter the Muhammad Ali of grunge-flavored, politically incorrect punk: The Supersuckers (pictured at right).
Viciously funny, with growling, down-and-dirty grooves, alley-cat guitars and a lead singer named Eddie Spaghetti who's pretty damn special, The Supersuckers are the antidote for the sickness that pervades today's tepid rock scene. And the proof is in a live DVD/CD package from 2b1 Multimedia, issued back in June, that simply scorches the earth.
It comes with a ringing endorsement from none other than Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmeister, who's been quoted as saying, "If you don't like The Supersuckers, you don't like rock 'n' roll."
Now comes word the band, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is preparing to unleash a new, as yet untitled, album this spring on Mid-Fi Recordings.
This will be the band's first full-length outing since 2003's Motherf**kers Be Trippin' and to support the cause, The Supersuckers will be touring throughout January and February. Starting Jan. 24 in Hillside, Ill., Spaghetti will perform solo sets with Jordan Shapiro prior to the full-band Supersuckers shows that will take the band from Seattle to New York City and back.
EPs have been The Supersuckers stock in trade since that 2003 effort. Eddie explains why. "Yeah, I pretty much thought we were done making full-length records. But the somewhat anemic response to our Paid EP sort of got me to re-think the whole EP concept. So, when we got in the studio this last time, we just threw everything we had at the tape machine, and we saw that we had enough for a full-length."
As for the new record, expect a more, dare I say, "adult" outing from the Supersuckers. "It's a little different than our previous records," says Eddie. "I almost hate to say this, but it's a little bit more mature. An ugly word to use to describe what we do, but I think it fits this time around. But it's an awesome record and I'm really proud of the way it's turned out."
2007 was a huge touring year for the band, and they filmed "Supersuckers Fan Club DVD #2" in Belgrade, Siberia in March. The DVD will be made available to members of the band's fan club, 1,000 rock 'n' rollers strong. A clip can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZeYQv3Ur2k
For more on The Supersuckers, a band that's backed Willie Nelson, Eddie Vedder, Steve Earle and Kelly Deal of The Breeders, visit www.supersuckers.com. Tour dates are listed there. Go out and see 'em!
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