Supersuckers get top billing in Tahoe
October 22, 2008
They have a legion of celebrity fans, a bunch of rock and a couple of country albums ” including a new one due out next month ” and an upcoming show at Whiskey Dick’s.
The Supersuckers return to the South Shore on a mission to back up their claim that they’re the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world. Lemmy from Motörhead, Eddie Vedder, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick and Willie Nelson are already fans, but lead singer Eddie Spaghetti welcomed even the anonymous and uninitiated to the South Shore show Friday, Oct. 24.
“I’d tell ’em to wear clean underwear because we’re going to rock the pants clean off of you,” he told Lake Tahoe Action by phone from Las Vegas.
The Seattle-based quartet with roots in Tucson, Ariz., will join local rockers the Hyenas and American Made Disaster, along with Bullet 66, a loud, fast band from Livermore.
The Supersuckers characterize themselves as a human cartoon. Band members Eddie Spaghetti, Ron “Rontrose” Heathman, Dan “Thunder” Bolton and Scott “Scottzilla” Churilla hail from Tucson, and have known one another since high school (which they immortalized in “Santa Rita High”).
The band formed as a five-piece called the Black Supersuckers in 1988 with Dancing Eagle on drums and Eric Martin on vocals before packing up and moving to Seattle the next year. Martin departed, and the Supersuckers were a quartet.
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The band produced a number of singles before ending up on “The Songs All Sound the Same” compilation CD and catching Sub Pop executives’ eyes with its live shows.
The Supersuckers released three albums for Sub Pop, beginning in 1992 with “The Smoke of Hell,” and recorded a country record of split singles with Steve Earle and the Reverend Horton Heat. While the band has branched out into country and even some of its grungier tracks rock with a little cowpunk twang, the Supersuckers are a rock band.
“It depends on where we’re going and who brings us out, but generally we do a rock set, and sometimes we mix it up with a little country, but generally speaking we stick to the rock set,” Eddie Spaghetti said.
After a best-of double album, they ventured out into major labels, with Interscope signing and eventually dropping the band. The Supersuckers later released “The Evil Powers of Rock-n-Roll” on Koch in 1999.
The Supersuckers have toured with the likes of Mudhoney, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, the Ramones, Motörhead, the Toadies, the Butthole Surfers, the Dwarves, White Zombie and Pearl Jam in addition to backing Willie Nelson on “The Tonight Show” and playing Farm Aid.
The band started its own label, Mid-Fi Recordings, in 2001, releasing a live country record, “Must’ve Been Live,” in March 2002 and re-releasing a number of outtake singles and “split” records with the Hangmen, Throwrag and Zeke.
A new album paying tribute to those who “Be Trippin’ ” followed in 2003, cementing the band’s status on “Viva La Bam” as well as a number of ski and snowboard videos. Eddie Spaghetti made his solo debut, “The Sauce,” and a second version, “Extra Sauce,” which features Willie Nelson’s harmonica player, Mickey Raphael.
After releasing three live records and two DVDs on Mid-Fi, the Supersuckers returned to the studio for “Get It Together,” with 12 new tracks plus a bonus live DVD.
“It definitely feels like we had it done quite a while ago before it comes out,” Eddie Spaghetti said.
The new album is due out Nov. 25.
“We’re really excited about that,” he said. “We’re trying to get as many people as we can to preorder it so we have a big splash that first week.”
While the singer said the Supersuckers are digging out as many old songs as they can in honor of their upcoming 20th anniversary show, some new live favorites are already emerging from “Get It Together.”
“We’ve just been playing the songs from the new record live,” he said. “I think a couple of them will be staples in our live set for some time to come.”
The Hyenas ” Torg Hallin, Rich Gilmore, E.J. Hixenbaugh and Jared Cummings ” are becoming favorite guests onstage for hard-rock bands stopping in Tahoe.
American Made Disaster, has been playing for a little more than a year and a half. According to the band’s MySpace page, bassist Tim Shivers, vocalist Matt Meunier, guitarist Mareo Messa and drummer Ray Garcia have been recording since midsummer, and will make their full-length debut with “Viscious Killers” in December.