I'm not sure I understand the continuing popularity of Texan post-grungers The Toadies. I mean, I got nothing against them, they have a few good-to-great songs. But it just seems like they a random band to be touring and selling out and shit. Maybe I will have the answer tonight at the Vogue.
All I know is it takes big ass balls to willing go on tour and play after The Supersuckers night in, night out. The self-professed "Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World" is riding high on the hardest rocking album of the last few years.
Get The Hell is a good old-fashioned ripsnorter of an album. The album exudes a greasy blend of Southern-fried rocking that doesn't compromise its denim-wrapped, no frills hard rock. "Being Bad" should be the rock anthem of the summer. Other tunes like the title track and "Shut Your Face" hold true to the values of our rock forefathers, Ozzy, Lemmy and Robbie Plant. As a bonus, there's the greatest Depeche Mode cover of all time. When The Supersuckers take on "Never Let Me Down," they truly make it their own.
As monstrous as Get The Hell is, I can't wait to see how incredible the live show is gonna be. Even more I can't wait to see what The Toadies do to top it.
Last week, I had a few words with The Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti:
NUVO: I love that the Supersuckers are still a balls to the wall rock band in this day and age. Does Seattle still rock? Or did you have to go all the way to Willie Nelson's ranch in Austin, Texas to find the right atmosphere in which to record Get The Hell?
Spaghetti: I reckon Seattle still rocks but not like it used to. It's kind of all Modest Mousey these days as far as I can tell. Texas is always a great place to record. Austin is an amazing music city.
NUVO: Best cover of Depeche Mode ever. How'd you pick?
Spaghetti: That was all Dan Bolton. He's wanted to do that song for as long as I can remember. We finally relented as it is pretty incredible if I don't say so myself.
NUVO: How do you decide to write a country song versus a rock song? Do you get into a mode? DO you try songs both ways?
Spaghetti: The song kind of tells you what it wants to be when you're making it up. Some songs work really well both ways and you have to make a judgment call. "Pushing Through" from the new record was one of those.
NUVO: I see that on this tour, you are doing a lot of in-stores and solo performances before or after many dates, where do you get the energy?
Spaghetti: Donuts. Little chocolate donuts.
NUVO: Seems like mid-'90s bands like your tour-mates The Toadies are riding a wave of renewed interest and popularity. Do you see younger kids getting turned on by your music?
Spaghetti: Yeah. And it's always cool to see a young fan at the show. Gives you hope (even if just a tiny little bit) for the future of rock n roll.
NUVO: One of my fave songs on the new record is "Disaster Bastard" mainly because the riff reminds me a lot of "No Surprize" by Aerosmith. What bands do you find inspiration from?
Spaghetti: Yeah. Pretty blatant there, right? You never know where inspiration will come from. You just have to keep yourself open to being inspired. That's the key.
NUVO: How hard is it being The Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the world? Are there any contenders?
Spaghetti: You tell me. Are there? I don't think so. Not anymore anyway. It easy for us - we live and breathe rock n roll all day long, everyday. That's how it's done, son.