As The Supersuckers prepare to wrap up their 26th year together, no one is more surprised than they are to the fact that they are still making music today.
“I still can’t quite wrap my brain around the fact we have been as long as we have,” Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti says from a Western Canadian tour stop. “When we tell people that we started in the 80’s, it’s all some people can do to keep their mouths from hitting the floor.”
Performing at Moncton’s Tide & Boar Gastropub next Sunday evening, one of only two appearances in the Maritimes, Eddie says that the group originally formed as a means to escape previous acts in which the members found varying degrees of success.
“I think we were trying too hard in the bands we were a part of before the Supersuckers. We wanted to be a part of a band that was a lot looser and was more based on the ability of four guys being able to hang out with each other.”
In 1992, the group released their acclaimed debut effort, The Smoke of Hell via Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. At first glance, the Supersuckers partnership with the label that gave rise to bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden might have seemed like an unlikely home for a band whose music was closer to hyperactive garage punk rock than anything close to the realm of grunge.
The Supersuckers recorded a total of four albums for Sub Pop, including 1997’s acclaimed country outing Must’ve Been High. He says that while some naysayers believed Must’ve Been High was the group’s way of simultaneously sticking it to Sub Pop with an atypical Supersuckers album while also fulfilling their contractual obligations, Eddie clarifies that was never the case.
“It is not like the Supersuckers were ever a ‘typical’ Sub Pop band anyway. Must’ve Been High was something that we had been interested in doing for quite some time. I originally set out to do the album as a solo effort but the only guys I knew to play on the record were the guys in the band so they got the job,” he laughs.
“When the album came out, it wasn’t a celebratory situation at all as far as a lot of our fans were concerned. Some people tried to make a bigger story out of that record than what actually existed. The label loved and supported that album and likewise, we have nothing but positive things to say about our time with Sub Pop. We consider ourselves lucky to have been involved with the label.”
Of course, that one album or even a handful of their records cannot define the Supersuckers career as a whole. The self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World” has always worked at their own relentless pace, supporting the likes of Social Distortion, Bad Religion and more along the way.
Released this past January, the Supersuckers ninth studio album, Get The Hell, is packed with arena-sized guitar riffs that hold true to the gospel that the band has been spreading for the last two and a half decades. A big part of spreading that gospel has been maintaining a packed tour schedule that has brought them to all corners of North America. By the time the Supersuckers wrap up 2014 with a mid-December performance in Seattle, Eddie estimates that they would have played upwards of 300 shows this year alone.
Rather than bemoaning the fact they spend so much time touring that they are unable to enjoy other aspects of life, Eddie maintains a bigger picture view in terms of how being a successful band can be defined.
“Having the opportunity to play live so much means we have some fortitude behind us. We are very lucky to do what we do.”
What: The Supersuckers with guests the Bricklins
When: Sunday Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
Where: The Tide & Boar Gastropub, 700 Main St., Moncton
Advance tickets are $12, available at Spin It (467 Main St., Moncton). Tickets at the door are $17.