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SUPERSUCKERS


***Resounding new studio album 'Suck It' out on September 21st on SPV / Steamhammer + November UK tour confirmed***

SOMEWHERE IN NEW JERSEY - "We've finally become the band that we've always threatened to be," says singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti, calling, as ever, from the road. With the Supersucker odometer clicking on three decades this very year, the self-proclaimed 'Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World' is marking the occasion with a loud, resounding 'Suck It'. Off the blocks, this 12th studio album from the band showcases a ruthless, get-it-done trio that sounds rebuilt from Motorhead parts, with a singer-bassist transmuting Lemmy's mojo to rasp: "You said to grab it, just hook or stab it, and now I gotta have it - all of the time."

"Once we tapped into that vibe, we really ran with it," Eddie says of 'All Of The Time,' which opens an album he and core 'Suckers Marty Chandler (guitar) and drummer Chris Von Streicher (drums) recorded early this year at Bismeaux Studio in Austin, TX, cutting all ten tracks in four days. "And it sounds great," says Eddie. "There's not a lick I wish we could have back."

'Suck It', released on September 21st on Steamhammer/SPV, will be available as a digipack CD, 180 gram black vinyl LP (with printed inner sleeve + cd in a cardboard case), download and stream. Supersuckers are set to bring their 30th-anniversary tour, playing songs from 'Suck It', some country faves, plus two of their Sub Pop records in their entirety, to the UK in November; dates are:-

10th November Evesham - The Iron Road
11th November Glasgow - Audio
12th November Edinburgh - Bannermans
13th November York - Fibbers
14th November Milton Keynes - The Craufurd Arms
15th November Blackpool - Waterloo Music Bar
16th November London - Oslo

On 'The History Of Rock 'n' Roll', Eddie laments a key knowledge gap among youngsters; "How is it even possible, after all these years, all the good rock 'n' roll, heard by these ears, that nobody gives a shit, at least like not they should, about the difference between what sucks and what's good" - going on to illustrate the latter with an exuberant chorus: "Like Rocket From The Crypt, and the New Bomb Turks, let's hear it for the Hangmen, yeah they know how it works..." The list goes on: "How 'bout Zen Guerrilla man, they were fucking killer, and I am just amazed, every time I see the Bell Rays." In the tradition of 'Dancing In The Streets' or 'Land Of 1,000 Dances', the rhyming list song flips a crank's tirade into a roll call of fallen heroes: "Don't forget Danko and the Didjits, and the motherfucking Dwarves man, yeah the Dwarves!". Eddie Spaghetti says it's all from the heart; "I had the line in my head for a long time - 'A footnote to an anecdote in the history of Rock n' Roll'" - he recalls. "I'm happy it came off snarky and crotchety but at the same time, celebratory about all these great bands that I really love, wish everybody else loved, and get bent out of shape that they don't."



By rights, Eddie Spaghetti should be way more than bent of shape. Three years ago, he packed his wife Jessica, their sons Quattro and Zeke, and daughter Elvis into an SUV pulling a 29-foot Argosy Airstream, setting out from Seattle to spend a year as a family on the road - a year that was ended eight days later by a patch of black ice in Oklahoma. "That turned everything upside down" Eddie says of the crash, which was swiftly followed by a diagnosis of throat cancer and put the uninsured sometime country singer on a blue-collar trajectory from trailer to ICU room in just under six months. With his family living out of a minivan, Eddie got treated at City of Hope in Los Angeles, spending four days intubated and another six months fed by a tube before clawing his way back to Rock 'n' Roll. "I'm back, for sure," he says now. "It was a rough one though."

Since this is the first batch of Supersuckers songs released since then, do some come from genuine darkness? "Everything happens for a reason; such a stupid thing to say." begins the track 'Dead Inside'. The four-on-the-floor rhythm, cowbell and singsong chorus turn this telegram from the abyss into what Eddie rightly calls "A pop song. Back when bands used to have hits, this one could totally be a hit." 'The Worst Thing Ever' describes the bottom in these same straight-shooting terms, the kind you hear throughout the Supersuckers' oeuvre - giddily trashy paeans to hooch, Satan, or deviant sex in offhandedly-witty light verse.

This has been more or less their métier since the group of high school buddies from Tucson first moved to Seattle in 1990, signing with Sub Pop and becoming grunge's sole country-music dabblers, going so far as to back up Willie Nelson on the Tonight Show. On 'Suck It', Eddie's forays into country are reflected solely in the bluesy nod of 'Cold Wet Wind'. Otherwise, their expansive hardcore-band aesthetic came through time-tested Supersucker methodology; "Writing songs in hotel rooms, dirty back stages, and all the shitholes we're always play at", says Eddie, whose fleet pen and nimble wit aren't to be overlooked - the gifts of an inhalant-abusing Dorothy Parker or NSFW Ogden Nash.

"If somebody is a carpenter for 30 years, they're gonna be a fucking good carpenter, you know?" says Eddie. "So it shouldn't be such a surprise that a band just gets better over time and I really genuinely believe that we have", he says. And near-death experiences aside, Eddie says "It's really sort of a miracle. I mean, who does anything for 30 years anymore?"

As a whole, 'Suck It' brings to mind that old friend who's awesome to hang out with even if his life is in the shitter. "I tend to do my best work when I'm feeling good", Eddie says. "I don't tend to channel dark stuff into my Rock 'n' Roll, but it makes for a more interesting record. I've come to realize what we do is not for everyone, but I still feel like we have hit songs. This one sounds like it's coming from dudes in their 50s who've been doing it for a long time and have this stupid hope that someday somebody will hear our song and make it popular like it oughta be. Because that is the truth."

Sucking! – Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.
roland@workhardpr.com
www.supersuckers.com

8th August 2018


© Work Hard PR 2018


SUPERSUCKERS


***UK & EUROPEAN TOUR CONFIRMED FOLLOWING RAVE REVIEWS OF NEW 'HOLDIN' THE BAG' ALBUM***

  
The mighty Supersuckers have lined up a European and UK tour, in the wake of rave reviews of their highly acclaimed new country - tinged studio album 'Holdin' The Bag', released on Steamhammer / SPV at the end of January 2016.

The Supersuckers' trademark balance of take-no-prisoners swagger and hardheaded introspection is reflected throughout 'Holdin' The Bag'. The album's eleven songs find them in typically rocking form, while tapping deeply into the band's longstanding affinity for country music, which has grown increasingly prominent in their output since 1997's landmark 'Must've Been High' album. Check out the video for the title track here:



Classic Rock's Ken Mcintyre proclaimed 'Holdin' The Bag' "A country record made by the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the world. And really, we should qualify country here. We're talking Hank Williams and Johnny Cash here, not Taylor Swift. You know, the real stuff, vintage and dusty and lonesome on the trail. Head sucker Eddie Spaghetti is clearly in his element here, his gravelly delivery and aw-shucks persona the perfect foil for twangy, tears-in-your-beer numbers like 'That's How It Gets Done' and 'All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down.' It's not all drawls and pedal steel though. The Suckers kick up a decent amount of dust on rowdy rug-cutters like 'Jibber-Jabber' and 'Let's Bounce'. There is also a great, affecting duet with country-punk superstar Lydia Loveless."

Don't miss the chance to catch this awesome combo live when they fly in from the States to play the following gigs and festival:-

June 17th LONDON - Islington 02 Academy
July 15th DUBLIN - The Grand Social
July 16th KILLARNEY - The Inec Acoustic Club
July 20th BRISTOL - The Fleece
July 21st MANCHESTER - Club Academy
July 22nd LEEDS - Brudenell Social Club
July 23rd MAIDSTONE - Ramblin' Man Fair

Since their 1992 Sub Pop debut, the Supersuckers have toured relentlessly, sharing stages around the world with Social Distortion, Bad Religion, The Ramones, Motörhead, Flogging Molly, Butthole Surfers, Reverend Horton Heat, New York Dolls, The Dwarves, White Zombie and Nashville Pussy. They have also recorded with Steve Earle, Eddie Vedder, Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Willie Nelson, who they also backed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Supersuckers signed to Steamhammer SPV in 2013 to release their ninth studio album, 'Get The Hell', in January 2014. Classic Rock's Malcolm Dome reviewed the LP in March 2014's issue, stating "Supersuckers' infectiously groovy approach has always combined 50's rock'n'roll high school naivety with Cheap Trick style 70s hard rock snap and biting punk energy. 'Get The Hell' carries on this tradition. Eddie Spaghetti and his gang want people to smirk as they hit the dance floor to 'Something About You', 'Fuck Up', 'Bein' Bad' and 'Rock On'. These have the same unpretentious thrust of the Wildhearts, Hellacopters and Turbonegro, but with the flavor of the Rocky Horror Show. Each song is a charming, fumble-in-the-back-seat anthem."

After the band had finished recording 'Holdin' The Bag, Eddie was diagnosed with stage-3 throat cancer, forcing the group to cancel a planned European tour and put all their touring activities on temporary hold while he underwent surgery, radiation treatment and rehab. The band's friends and fans stepped up in droves to lend support, raising over $57,000 to help pay for his treatment, moving Eddie to state that "It's really humbling, and it's great to know that so many people care."

"If you don't like 'Holdin' The Bag', then you really don't like the Supersuckers", Eddie says. "I really feel like this and 'Get The Hell' are the best records we've ever made. I feel like, after 25 years, we're finally getting the hang of this. We're still that hungry little band that pictures itself being much bigger than it really is."

Sucked Off! – Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.
roland@workhardpr.com
www.supersuckers.com

11th May 2016


© Work Hard PR 2016


SUPERSUCKERS


***Bracing New Country Music Oriented album 'Holdin' The Bag' released January 29thon Steamhammer / SPV***

  
"It's really humbling, and it's great to know that so many people care," Supersuckers leader Eddie Spaghetti says of the band's fans, who have stepped up in droves to lend support following the front man's recent diagnosis of stage-3 throat cancer. The indefatigable singer/bassist/songwriter's illness — which coincides with the upcoming release of the Supersuckers' bracing new studio album 'Holdin' The Bag' on January 29th — has forced the band to cancel a planned European tour and put all their touring activities on temporary hold, while Eddie undergoes surgery, radiation treatment and rehab. Meanwhile, the Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fight Fund has already raised more than $57,000 to help pay for his treatment, thanks to the kindness and generosity of the group's fans.

If Eddie has proven anything over the course of the past quarter-century, it's that he's one of rock's most tenacious survivors. The same can be said of the Supersuckers, who over the past 25 years have released more than 20 albums, while maintaining the sort of punishing touring regimen that's been known to break lesser combos. "We knew that we wanted to come out with something quickly after 'Get the Hell'," Eddie recalls. "We had rocked ourselves into oblivion with 'Get the Hell', so we were ready for a country break. We had just done a one-off country show, and we enjoyed that so much that it felt natural to start writing country songs. I really felt like I was onto something, and I felt more and more inspired as the process went on. Some of the best songs on the record are some of the last ones I wrote. So by the time we got into the studio, we were in a really good place."

'Holdin' The Bag' offers a compelling blend of brawny badassery and sensitive songcraft on such memorable originals as the high-lonesome title track, which kicks the album off on a deceptively spooky note, and the rousingly twangy anthems 'High and Outside', 'Man On A Mission' and 'Jibber-Jabber'. The album closes on a thoughtful note, with an update of the Hank Williams Jr. standard 'All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)', with updated lyrics that refer to such Supersuckers contemporaries as Steve Earle and Lemmy Kilminster of Motörhead. The album sessions also yielded a second cover tune, a spirited reading of the Billy Joe Shaver classic 'Georgia On A Fast Train', which will be included as a bonus track on 'Holdin The Bag's vinyl edition.



The Supersuckers' trademark balance of take-no-prisoners swagger and hardheaded introspection is reflected throughout 'Holdin' The Bag'. The album's eleven songs find them in typically rocking form, while tapping deeply into the band's longstanding affinity for country music, which has grown increasingly prominent in their output since 1997's landmark 'Must've Been High' album. In recent years, the Supersuckers have been known to play relatively low-key all-country sets, sometimes under assumed names. "I love the honesty and directness of country, and that's how we approach it," Eddie states. "I feel like having the country thing in our back pocket kind of takes the expiration date off the band. It's way more acceptable for an old guy to be up there singing a country song than it is for an old guy to be up there screaming about the evil powers of rock 'n' roll."

The Supersuckers — Eddie on vocals and bass, plus guitarist Marty Chandler and drummer Chris Von Streicher — recorded 'Holdin' The Bag' in Austin, TX, at Ray Benson's esteemed Bismeaux Studios. They were joined by such kindred spirits as outlaw singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, who's featured on the rollicking hard-luck tale 'This Life Would Be a Whole Lot Better', and acclaimed alt-country songstress Lydia Loveless, who adds her distinctive voice to the bittersweet 'I Can't Cry'. Also lending their talents are Asleep at the Wheel fiddler Jason Roberts, Butthole Surfers member Jeff Pinkus, noted neo-honky-tonker Jesse Dayton and Willie Nelson's longtime harmonica sidekick Mickey Raphael.

Since their 1992 Sub Pop debut, the Supersuckers have toured relentlessly, sharing stages around the world with Social Distortion, Bad Religion, The Ramones, Motörhead, Flogging Molly, Butthole Surfers, Reverend Horton Heat, New York Dolls, The Dwarves, White Zombie and Nashville Pussy. They have also recorded with Steve Earle, Eddie Vedder, Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Willie Nelson, who they also backed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Supersuckers signed to Steamhammer SPV in 2013 to release their ninth studio album, 'Get The Hell', in January 2014. Classic Rock's Malcolm Dome reviewed the LP in March 2014's issue, stating "Supersuckers' infectiously groovy approach has always combined 50's rock'n'roll high school naivety with Cheap Trick style 70s hard rock snap and biting punk energy. 'Get The Hell' carries on this tradition. Eddie Spaghetti and his gang want people to smirk as they hit the dance floor to 'Something About You', 'Fuck Up', 'Bein' Bad' and 'Rock On'. These have the same unpretentious thrust of the Wildhearts, Hellacopters and Turbonegro, but with the flavor of the Rocky Horror Show. Each song is a charming, fumble-in-the-back-seat anthem."

'Holdin' The Bag' will be released as a digipak CD containing an EU Bonus track, as a limited edition of 500 orange coloured 180 gram vinyl, with printed inner sleeves, plus CD in a paper sleeve, and for download.

"If you don't like 'Holdin' The Bag', then you really don't like the Supersuckers", Eddie says. "I really feel like this and 'Get The Hell' are the best records we've ever made. I feel like, after 25 years, we're finally getting the hang of this. We're still that hungry little band that pictures itself being much bigger than it really is."
Sucked Off! – Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.
roland@workhardpr.com
www.supersuckers.com

15th December 2015


© Work Hard PR 2015



SUPERSUCKERS


***Brand New Balls-To-The-Wall Blistering Ninth Studio album ‘Get The Hell’ released January 27th on Steamhammer / SPV***

Supersuckers, the self-styled ‘World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band’, have signed to Steamhammer / SPV to release their ninth studio album, ‘Get The Hell’, a blistering return to their punk rock roots, boasting a tightly focused sonic assault of big riffs, catchy hooks and raw, balls-to-the-wall rock’n’roll. Recorded at Willie Nelson's famed Arlyn Studio in Austin, TX and mixed by Dwarves leader Blag Dahlia and Andy Carpenter, ‘Get The Hell’, Supersuckers’ first studio album in 5 years, conjures all the attitude of a band in its prime, kicking out snarling, anthemic choruses over head-bobbing chord progressions.

Opening title track ‘Get the Hell’ fires a warning shot across the bow, with singer Eddie Spaghetti offering his road weary wisdom over the menacing groove of recent addition, drummer Captain Von Streicher (of Throw Rag fame). “You wanna hear about the evil and the wicked things / I’d love to tell you, but I can’t because of what it brings”, before finishing the sentiment in true Supersuckers form, “When you’re staring down the mouth of this unruly beast / You might crap your pants or wet ‘em at the very least.”

On the remainder of ‘Get The Hell’, the Supersuckers spin tales of romantic debauchery (‘High Tonight’), biblically proportioned excess (‘Gluttonous’), hard-boiled obsession (‘Something About You’) and the trials and tribulations of being a total fuck up (‘Fuck Up’). Never one to shy away from a good (and completely unexpected) cover song, the ‘Suckers exhibit their sonic dominance tackling soft rocker’s Depeche Mode’s popular ‘Never Let Me Down Again’.

Since their 1992 Sub Pop debut, the Supersuckers have toured relentlessly, sharing stages around the world with Social Distortion, Bad Religion, The Ramones, Motörhead, Flogging Molly, Butthole Surfers, Reverend Horton Heat, New York Dolls, The Dwarves, White Zombie and Nashville Pussy. They have also recorded with Steve Earle, Eddie Vedder, Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Willie Nelson, who they also backed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Eddie Spaghetti:"After many delays and unfortunate setbacks the Supersuckers are happy to announce the arrival of their latest masterpiece, ‘Get The Hell’. This may be a bit blasphemous to say, but we think it is the bands finest work to date. Really, The Supersuckers have no business being this good after all these years! And now, in conjunction with Steamhammer Records, you will be able to hear for yourself exactly what has the band all fired up... 12 solid tracks of unrelenting Supersucker-itis, it's as brutal and as 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, and is guaranteed to be your new favorite record of 2014. So come on and Get The Hell people!"

Sucked Off! – Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.
roland@workhardpr.com
www.supersuckers.com

18th December 2013


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