Supersuckers, ‘Get The Hell’ (Acetate)
It may have been five years since the Supersuckers released a studio album, but the song remains the same — powerhouse, no holds barred, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.
The 12 tracks on the band’s latest album (there’s also a 16-second opening “intro” of a wailing air siren to get you in the right mood) serve up a dizzying array of tales of life in the fast lane that are so sizzling you can practically smell the burning rubber left behind on the asphalt.
The band’s attitude is readily seen in the album’s song titles: “Shut Your Face,” “Bein’ Bad,” “High Tonight,” and the title track itself, with its jubilant chorus “Gotta get the hell out of here right now.” It’s the kind of line that lead singer/guitarist Eddie Spaghetti spits out with ease in his raw, gravelly voice.
Spaghetti and guitarist/backing vocalist Dan “Thunder” Bolton are the only remaining original members of the Supersuckers (the band celebrated its silver anniversary last year), the lineup rounded out by “Metal” Marty Chandler, who joined on guitar/backing vocals in 2009, and new drummer Christopher “Striker” Von Streicher, who provides a barrelhouse back beat.
You wouldn’t expect to find the Supersuckers tackling the synth-pop of Depeche Mode, but the English band’s “Never Let Me Down” is neatly transformed into a fast and fuzzy workout. It all comes to a close with a rock-steady cover of Gary Glitter’s “Rock On” — which, after a quarter century, is something the Supersuckers still take great delight in being able to do.