Eddie Spaghetti “The Value of Nothing” (Bloodshot Records)
Seattle’s Supersuckers have always evinced a rockabilly influence in their music, and you’ll find the same kind of swing on Eddie Spaghetti’s (the Supersuckers’ bassist and one of the band’s vocalists) solo albums as well. His latest, “The Value of Nothing,” rocks its way though its 10 tracks with a carefree abandon, getting off to a rip-roaring start with the album’s title track; after the pensive, moody opening, the song kicks up its heels and starts barreling down the road like a giddy colt just waiting to bolt.
The rest of the album is taken at a more measured pace, but there’s an undeniable melancholy streak throughout, as seen in the line “I paid the price/It wasn’t worth the cost” from “Empty.” It’s a downbeat sentiment you’ll find elsewhere in both the song titles and lyrics on the album (“My wife says I’m lazy/She’s probably right” from “Waste of Time”), but the musical mood is more philosophical; “People are Sh*t,” despite its misanthropic title, has a Mariachi-style beat that gets your toes tapping.
Eddie Spaghetti will perform July 13 at Chop Suey (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com)