The Supersuckers recently released a new album called “Get The Hell”, which is out now on Acetate Records in the US and SPV in Europe. Needless to say, it’s great. I mean, after all they are the greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world. Compared to vocalist Eddie Spaghetti, I rank about as high as something he would scrape off of his boots. So no, I am not worthy of talking to this rock god. However, Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves (the other greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world) could do it… the two of them put together would be like watching Zeus and Apollo having a chat while they’re throwing lightning bolts at the tiny humans beneath merely for their own entertainment. Read on to see what they had to share with us mortals.
BLAG: Are you really going on the road with your wife and kids for a year? Have you lost your fucking mind?
EDDIE: Yes and yes! Probably lost my mind. But we see it as a cool experiment to see what we really need in this life and to bring my family together. I travel a lot. A LOT. And my kids are growing up without me there most of the time. This is a way to change the pattern for a while at least, to put my worlds together for a spell. I'm nervous, excited, worried, eager, anxious, you name it. I have no idea how it will be but we're going to find out!
B: Rock is boring now. Most rock bands are two college students from Brooklyn living together and making YouTube vids before they get a job at Twitter or something. Why should anyone bother listening to rock anymore?
E: Why should anyone bother to write a new song? All the good ones have already been written by now. People will always like to rock. People need their rock bands, even if it's on the side. It's good to know it's still here, alive and kicking SOMEwhere.
B: Earlier Suckers songs mostly addressed driving fast and encountering the devil. Your newer lyrics seem more yearningly realistic. What makes you want to write a song now?
E: Same things that have always intrigued me I guess: greed, sloth, envy, gluttony, you know, the seven deadlies! I just can't help getting older and I've pretty much always written what's on my mind, whether it's "Ron's Got The Cocaine" or "Pushing Through", it's just what's in front of me at the moment.
B: The Supersuckers are old. Old as Methuselah, old as the hills, so old there's mold growing on your ballsack. Given that fact, how have you managed to stay so young and vibrant looking? Is it just exercise and proper nutrition or do you also employ meditation and other spiritual practices?
E: A steady diet of beer and meat snacks! Also some help from modern chemistry...
B: Country music has nothing to do with rural ideas anymore, it's more like suburban rednecks singing about their barbecue grills and how much they love American militarism. Are the Supersuckers still determined to save country music from itself?
E: We're gonna give it another shot. We're planning on making a new country record next so, who knows? We, however, are the greatest ROCK N ROLL band in the world, not the greatest COUNTRY band. But we're still more authentic than that crappy mainstream country garbage that's out there!
B: In rock there are black hat and white hat bands. To me the Suckers have always been a white hat band. How do you see it?
E: Funny, only you would see us as a white hat band! But yeah, I think of the suckers as being a pretty positive, upbeat kind of band. When we sing about darker stuff, it almost exclusively done tongue in cheek. Satan is a friend of mine but he rates about as high as the Easter Bunny in terms of a fear factor for me.
B: The original members are you and guitarist Dan Bolton. Who are the new guys?
E: "Metal" Marty Chandler on guitar and "Captain" Chris Von Streicher. It's finally the line-up we've always threatened to have! New guys are awesome.
B: Tell me about your kids, even the ones that are actually mine.
E: My kids are cool as shit. But kids are like farts for the most part - you really only enjoy your own. No one else wants to be subjected to them, do they?
B: Is maturity the death of rock?
E: Yes. Maturity is the death of everything.
B: Eddie, you are a rock legend. I tried to avoid the usual Suckers questions about cool guitars, Satan and Bolton's gingivitis. Instead, I'd like you to tell the people everything they should know about the grandeur, the mystique, the sheer fortitude of my favorite band from Tucson, the Supersuckers!
E: We're like a giant desert tortoise. We move slowly but we live forever!