FOR Almost 30 years garage rock icons the Supersuckers ave released their own brand of rock n roll that no one had really matched. Everything from dirty sounding Southern rock to country music, the Supersuckers return to Melbourne to play Cherry Rock in what is shaping up as a brilliant line up. We reached out to Supersuckers leader Eddie Spaghetti for a chat.
Munster: If it’s ok I wanted to ask how are you feeling these days and also what it is like back playing shows again after some time off?
Eddie: It’s pretty great to be back at it. I feel mostly good. It was a little more difficult than I thought it would be to get back at it but I think I got my sea legs back now. I’m just glad I have a job that I was looking forward to getting back to!
Munster: What process went into making Holdin the Bag?
Eddie: Nothing too different than any other record, really. The biggest difference is probably the amount of guest musicians on it. That was the most fun part of it for sure – watching all these bad ass musicians do their thing on this record. Awesome.
Munster: I’ve always liked the variety in the songwriting with the Supersuckers, it’s catchy, and at times meaningful and makes you think, other times the lyrics have me on the floor laughing. Has that always been the intention with the Supersuckers to have that variety in the writing?
Eddie: Well, that’s always been my favorite part of the process – the song up-making. Thanks for noticing!
Munster: Growing up was country music or rock’n’roll more important?
Eddie: Rock for sure. I hated country music as a kid. With the possible exception of Willie Nelson, who always seemed cool to me, I thought of country music as being for redneck pricks. Not cool urbanites like myself! It wasn’t until I started making up songs and getting into that whole process that I realized what an art form country is. You really have to be on top of your songwriting game to do it successfully. I like the challenge.
Munster: When the band made Must’ve Been High did you think fans would flip or embrace it?
Eddie: I thought they would dig it. And when they didn’t (because the initial response was less than stellar) it hurt a lot. Time has proven that it was a great move but in that moment it sure didn’t feel that way.
Munster: Hangover Together is a favourite of mine, I see Fred Negro and Dave Moll play that song almost every week in St Kilda, any back story behind that track?
Eddie: That song was originally written for a band called The Best Kissers In The World. We did our version of it just to try and one up them. I think we succeeded!
Munster: How has it been the last few years doing solo work outside of the Supersuckers?
Eddie: It’s been great. I love that I have that side of things to fall back on. It took me about 10 years to take it seriously, but now (especially after the release of The Value Of Nothing) I finally see it as a real, viable thing for me to do.
Munster: What was it like playing with Motorhead?
Eddie:Awesome. They were not the loudest band I ever heard, they were the loudest THING I’ve ever heard.
Munster: You’re involved with a few political/social causes over the years, and while you’re vocal about these issues do you wish to keep them separate from the music?
Eddie:Not really. It’s never been a problem for us – being mistaken for a politically active band is not something that happens to us too often. So, I don’t worry about it. If I feel wrongly about something, I just open up my yapper and let it out.
Munster: What does the rest of the year hold?
Eddie: Touring and writing. Writing and touring. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
Munster: To end favourite LP by the Fall please?
Eddie: The Fall?
My favorite Replacements record is Let It Be
I don’t know shit about the Fall.
Supersuckers play Sunday, 1st May 2016 AC/DC Lane, Melbourne Tickets: Cherry Bar
Plus Special 1PM show Saturday 30 April also at Cherry