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The legendary Supersuckers play the Jinx

  • Photo by Harmony Gerber, courtesy Supersuckers
  • Photo by Harmony Gerber, courtesy Supersuckers
  • Photo by Harmony Gerber, courtesy Supersuckers
 

The legendary Supersuckers play the Jinx

12 Jul 2017

Closing in on three decades of rock ’n’ roll, the Supersuckers have made their mark on music history, mostly by being unpredictable, honest and hardworking.

Formed in 1988 in Arizona as the Black Supersuckers, a punk/garage-rock quintet, they moved to Seattle the next year and reformed as a four-piece with bassist Eddie Spaghetti (Edward Daly) taking over vocal duties — a roll he’s continued in ever since.

They signed with independent label Sub Pop (Nirvana, The Reverend Horton Heat, Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, Cheap Trick) and put out “The Smoke of Hell” in 1992, kicking off a four-album history with the now legendary label. Early on, the Supersuckers pulled from the best aspects of punk rock, with fast, driving riffs, distortion-soaked guitars, and straightforward lyrics.

But, in 1997 the Supersuckers pushed away from their punk roots with a bold and rather unorthodox move into country music. Their final album on Sub Pop would be their first album to set the band on a different course than essentially everyone else in the world of rock.

The Supersuckers’ 1997 release “Must’ve Been High” is 13-track country-western album inundated with punk-style lyrics, but musically a far cry from their early albums. Regardless of musical styles, the Supersuckers have always held true to their rock roots, especially lyrically. For Daly, it’s all rock ’n’ roll.

“Country was something that kind of always interested us,” Daly said. “It just seemed like the time was right when we made that first country record. Of course, nobody else thought the time was right [laughs]. History has shown rightly on that decision.

“Usually, I have an idea of what kind of song is in my head, if it’s a country song or a rock song,” Daly continued. “I try not to fight it anymore. I used to try and turn all of the country songs I made up into rock songs. Then, I tried to turn rock songs into country songs. Now, I just let them be what they want to be. It’s something I’ve learned over the years. To me, it’s all three chords and the truth. That’s what it’s all about.”

Over the decades, the Supersuckers have made their own dent in the music industry. They’ve recorded with and played backing band to Willie Nelson, and recorded with Steve Earle, Kelley Deal of The Breeders, and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.

In 2009, the band went on hiatus, during which Daly continued on with a solo career. He released two solo, country rock albums on Bloodshot Records (Justin Townes Earle, Murder By Death, Andrew Bird) in 2011 and 2013.

The Supersuckers reformed a few years later with Daly leading the charge, backed by “Metal” Marty Chandler on guitar and Christopher “Chango” Von Streicher on drums. The Supersuckers continued to do what they’ve been doing for decades, making good rock ’n’ roll and touring.

“It’s solid,” Daly said. “I love the guys in the Supersuckers now. I look forward to coming to work every day. It’s a great, great job.”

They released two new albums in 2014, “Get the Hell,” and “Holdin’ the Bag,” both on Acetate Records. The latest rendition of the Supersuckers is punk, country and Americana all wrapped up in a solid package of rock ’n’ roll.

Despite years of albums and tours, however, the Supersuckers have never broached the mainstream. For Daly though, the band’s legacy is intact and he’s happy to continue the “boutique operation.”

“I am proud of the music,” Daly said. “I wish that we were more popular of course. I wish we didn’t make music for so few people. It seems the thing I’ve come away with lately is I know what we do is not for everyone. It’s for people who have trolled the depths of rock ’n’ roll and found the Supersuckers. For whatever reason, we’re not a mainstream act. I don’t know why that is.

“I don’t feel like what we’re doing is so intentionally left of center, or too clever,” Daly continued. “We just try to be good, and make good, fun rock ’n’ roll music for everybody. Apparently, it’s only for a few people. I am generally fine with that, except when it comes to the bank account. I like that we’re a boutique operation. We’re like the tiny burger joint on the corner that has the best burgers, but everybody still goes to McDonalds.”

Lemmy of the great Motorhead probably said it best, “If you don’t like the Supersuckers, you don’t like rock ’n’ roll.”

Supersuckers play Savannah with local garage rockers COEDS. It will be the second time they’ve played the city. For this tour, the trio is playing a lot of the older music, but expect to hear something from just about every album.

“I really liked the town,” Daly said. “Of course, who doesn’t like Savannah?”

IF YOU GO

What: Supersuckers, COEDS

When: 9 p.m. July 15

Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

Cost: $15 advance, $18 day of show at ticketfly.com

Info: supersuckers.com

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