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Supersuckers: Hold the phone 

Tuesday 08th, May 2018 / 12:00
By Trevor Morelli 

“If they’re going to spend their time on their phone, that’s up to them; it’s their experience they’re going to miss out on.” 
Photo by Graffiti

CALGARY – Touring overseas won’t stop Supersuckers front man Eddie Spaghetti from jumping on a call. Over the line from Munich, Germany, he is audibly excited to discuss his band’s upcoming new album and their spring Canadian tour, one that sees the down and dirty Tucson trio playing a show almost every single night.

“Well, I mean, it’s kind of how you have to do it if you want to come out ahead,” explains Spaghetti.

“You gotta keep working. We’re like sharks. We’ve got to keep swimming to survive.”

Always ones to fight the current, Supersuckers have been dishing up slabs of messy guitar rock with a big ol’ side of country, pop, and punk since 1988. It’s hard to believe the band has weathered the cultural changes that have affected their profession in all that time, of which Spaghetti says there have been many.

“Oh man, I mean, you name it. The fact that people don’t buy records anymore. The Internet being like it is,” he remarks.

“Cellphones! When we first started touring, there were no cellphones, so it was like pull over at a truck stop; you get on a payphone to advance your show. And a lot of notebook paper and writing shit down, and you don’t have to do that anymore. It’s kind of nice.”

At least pen and paper won’t blind you from the audience. Spaghetti’s chief beef with cellphones is when fans flash-blind him during Supersuckers shows.

“It’s the worst. That’s when I’ll actually say something. I’ll put my hand out and I’ll tell the dude, ‘I don’t know if you know or not, but your flash is on.’ I don’t care if they’re going to spend their time on their phone, that’s up to them; it’s their experience they’re going to miss out on. As long as it doesn’t bother me.”

As for the internets, Spaghetti has tangled with both advantages and frustrations to being able to reach fans in a faster, cheaper, and more immediate manner.

“I don’t know, it’s tough to say. Its hurt us in the fact that we sold very little records as it were, even before the Internet, and now we sell virtually no records because of it. So, it’s definitely hurt in that regard, but it helps us in being able to get word out about the shows and keeping a presence in people’s faces should they choose to follow our little operation online.”

In unaugmented reality, Supersuckers have finished recording, mixing and mastering a brand spanking new garage rock album that aspires to more than commercial success. It’s a signal to all comers that Supersuckers are as ballsy as ever and aren’t yet ready to give up their self-proclaimed status.

“It’ll be out this summer and it’s super awesome, of course. They don’t call us ‘The Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Band in the World’ for nothing, my friend.”

While Supersuckers’ last record Holdin’ the Bag (2015) focused more on the band’s country leaning influences, Spaghetti says the new disc is all about finger lickin,’ greasy rock ‘n’ roll.

“It doesn’t sound much like Holdin’ the Bag at all. It’s a full on rock record, more like Get the Hell (2014) than Holdin’ the Bag, but it sounds even better than Get the Hell did, which is hard to believe because that record sounds pretty amazing.”

“So yeah, we’re super happy with it. We can’t believe that nobody’s heard it yet because we’ve listened to it a million times and we’re just so stoked and thrilled that we’ve recorded such a great thing. We can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Supersuckers perform with guests A-BOMB and The Foul English on May 15 at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club (Calgary), May 16 at The Starlite Room (Edmonton), May 17 at Capitol Music Club (Saskatoon), May 18 at The Exchange (Regina), and on May 19 at Pyramid Cabaret (Winnipeg).

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