The State of the Rock Nation has been in question lately. Not to worry, the Supersuckers are back in action with a brand new album, a new label, some new soldiers on the front line, and a plan of attack that is going to brush any non-rock n' roll lovers aside.
The major weapon in the assault is the Supersuckers' brand new album, Get The Hell. Their first for long-standing, true rock n' roll standard-bearers Acetate Records, the record is a fierce, hard-as-nails sonic blast from a band that has always been a hard act to follow, or precede for that matter. It has been nearly six years since the band's previous studio album, 2008's Get it Together. Management shifts, label searches and club tours kept them away from the studio, but didn't put a damper on the writing of a wealth of new material. The Seattle-based band rolled into Austin, TX last July to record, tracking at Arlyn Studios and overdubbing at Casa Studio, both with long-time associate Steve Chadie engineering. Says band leader, frontman, bassist and songwriter Eddie Spaghetti, the material on Get The Hell is "the cream of the crop of the songs we've written in the past four years. It's kind of like your first record. You have all those years to make your first record, and then nine months to make the second one."
Mixed by Dwarves front man/troublemaker Blag Dahlia along with Andy Carpenter, the new album is hard rock n' roll straight up and down. This was no accident. According to Eddie, "the reaction to our last record, 'Get It Together', was sort of soft. I think it's because we were trying to (put rock and country) together a little too much. I'm proud of that record, but we definitely wanted this record to be tougher, and it sure as hell is. I think it might be our toughest record ever."
Long time and even casual Supersucker fans are aware that the band is known for their forays into country music. That aspect of the Supersuckers' style is all but absent on Get The Hell. You might hear strains of hellbilly twang in "Pushin' Thru," but it's run through the overdrive grinder at a tempo that might make the pick-up skid offa the back road. "There's really not much country about this record at all," Eddie says. "I don't really think of the Supersuckers as being a country band, per se. When we make country music, it's still a rock band making country music. We're the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world, we're not the greatest country band in the world."
Two unpredictable covers (Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again" and Gary Glitter's "Rock On") are given the patented Supersuckers once-over, showing both how resilient their approach is and how far afield their listening habits can be. Elsewhere, Mr. Spaghetti's pen yields true-to-himself, done-the-way-the-fans-like-'em vignettes on all things overdone: "High Tonight," "Fuck Up," "Gluttonous," and "Disaster Bastard" - all Supersuckers future classics.
Get The Hell also officially introduces the fans to two new Supersuckers, drummer Captain Von Streicher and guitarist Metal Marty Chandler, joining Spaghetti and founding member/guitarist Dan "Thunder" Bolton. Spaghetti says, "Metal Marty Chandler has been with the band for four years now. He doesn't feel like a new member to us, but this is his first record that he's played on. Our new drummer is Captain Von Streicher. He has kind of made that band what the band has always need to be. He's the best thing that's happened to the band in a long time."
With a reinforced line-up, Acetate Records behind them, and Get The Hell speaking for itself (have you listened yet?), Supersuckers are set to launch an international invasion. February sees them heading to Europe, then they'll return to the US for dates with the Toadies, then it's down under to Australia, back to the USA for headlining dates, and then a second run through Europe. The greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World intends on spreading the gospel - "This may be a bit blasphemous to say, but we think it's the band's finest work to date", says the band's Eddie Spaghetti. "Really, the Supersuckers have no business being this good after all these years!". Hear for yourself exactly what has the band all fired up...12 solid tracks of unrelenting Supersucker-itis, Get The Hell is as brutal and polished as the band has ever sounded. This is the Supersuckers at their meanest, most ferocious, and still at the top of their game in the songwriting department. "This record is a juggernaut, front to back", Eddie continues, "and it's guaranteed to be your new favorite record of 2014. So come on and "Get The Hell", people!"
"You've heard our name, you've seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers", he states emphatically, "we're probably the favorite band of someone you know and yet maybe we're still a mystery to you. Well my friend, that's okay, the next time you see the 'Supersuckers' name, whether it's in the record store, online somewhere, or on the marquee at your local rock club, know that there's some quality, honest, ass-kicking, hard working individuals behind it all trying to make your life a little better through the "Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll" (and the occasional detour into the country music, of course)", he concludes, "and we'd love nothing better than to have you there with us as! Just remember to wear clean underwear, because we're gonna rock your pants right off of you."