Supersuckers

Supersuckers

You’ve heard our name, you’ve seen our records, our t-shirts and our stickers. We’re probably the favorite band of someone you know and yet maybe we’re still a mystery to you. Well my friend, that’s okay, you’re at the right place to get to know the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world, The Supersuckers.

And the next time you see the ‘Supersuckers’ name, whether it’s in the record store, online somewhere, or on the marquee at your local rock club, know that there’s some quality, honest, ass-kicking, hard working individuals behind it all trying to make your life a little better through the “Evil Powers Of Rock-n-Roll” (and the occasional detour into the country music, of course) and we’d love nothing better than to have you there with us as! Just remember to wear clean underwear, because we’re gonna rock your pants right off of you.

- Eddie Spaghetti, Rock Guy
The Supersuckers

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The greatest American underground rock band of the last 25 years...
- Classic Rock Magazine (2014)

One of the few outfits that can call itself “The World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band!” and actually get away with it, the Supersuckers eat Marshall stacks and cowboy hats and s**t out high-volume ass-kickery, Motörheading country music and Willie Nelsoning garage-punk better than virtually anyone else, ever.
– Philadelphia Weekly

If you don’t like the Supersuckers, you don’t like Rock-N-Roll.
-Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead

They played my birthday party. They rock!
-Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam

Every time I hear the word ‘Supersucker,’ I’m reminded of an older gentleman who went into the strip bar and the hooker c’m dancing up to him and said ‘Superpussy!’ and he said ‘Soup, please.’
-Willie Nelson

Supersuckers…I love the Supersuckers, our whole band loves you guys!
-Robin Zander from Cheap Trick

The Supersuckers understand that great rock and great country are, at least on a spiritual level, exactly the same thing. Rock on, boys.
-Steve Earle

The Supersuckers rock ferociously whenever they feel like it and what really matters is ending this sentence with an exclamation point!
-Little Steven Van Zandt, E Street Band, Little Steven’s Underground Garage

Supersuckers... Everyone knows the Supersuckers
-Elijah Wood (SXSW 2008)

The Supersuckers are hands down one of the best rock n roll bands around today!
-Jim Heath, Reverend Horton Heat

Stop listening to the radio and buy a Supersuckers CD, fool!
-Mike Ness

What type of music does the SUPERSUCKERS play ?. Its called Rock n Roll. What do they do live? Put on a rock show, and they do it better than the rest. I NEVER tire of their music and the Supersuckers are the bands that will make me get up off my ass to go see live and stand in up front in the crowd the whole show.... SUPERSUCKERS are THE Rock Band.
-Riki Rachtman

The Supersuckers do NOT super suck!
-Bam Margera

Everytime I go skateboarding I always rock the Supersuckers in my iPod...
-Wee-man

Supersuckers! The hardest working Rock N Roll band in America. I know this because they are in my town every other month in a van. I get tired just watching them. I'm not worthy to be in a rock band! I quit!!!!!
-Kevin from Lit/Good Man Down

The Supersuckers kick ass. If you want to see a real rock n' roll band, do not miss them.
-Randy Gibbs from the US Ski Team

Musical trends may come and go, but the Hangmen keep moving forward heedlessly with the headlong momentum of a runaway train. The quartet’s new album on Acetate Records, East of Western (to be released in April 2012), smashes together lead singer Bryan Small’s lurid love songs with unsparing, unsentimental blasts that shine a baleful and penetrating light into the dark and seedy corners of modern- day Los Angeles.

The Hangmen have always been a unique group that can’t be easily pigeonholed, and East of Western captures all of their different sides. When they first got together in L.A. in 1987, the Hangmen were fiery and hard rocking enough to play with metal bands, but they also had a stubbornly rootsy and punk rock attitude that made them fit in just as easily with such legendary underground icons as the Gun Club and Tex & the Horseheads. Their trademark dual-guitar attack combines the classic-rock drive of the Rolling Stones and AC/DC with the hard-charging swagger of Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers and the sinister allure of the Cramps.

But what really makes the Hangmen stand out is Small’s gift for writing anthemic choruses with head- banging hooks, which he delivers with his distinctly feral and instantly recognizable snarl. On East of Western, he sneers his way through boldly hard-rocking romantic pleas (“I’m Your Man”), Western-tinged barn-burners (“Railroad Man”) and insomniac tales of junkie self-destruction and ultimate redemption (“Drink Smoke”). With its big, fat and leering monster riff, “Big Red Rooster” is a fitting homage to the late Lux Interior of the Cramps, who Small lovingly describes as a “teenage bastard of the chosen one.” Drummer Dino Guerrero (who has played in Jack Grisham’s Tender Fury, as well as the supergroup Charley Horse with members of Nashville Pussy and Throw Rag) and longtime Hangmen bassist Angelique “Eek” Congleton (who also fronts the band Swamplands) give “Big Red Rooster” a properly menacing and scarily seductive groove.

Despite its title, “Homesick Blues” is more of a flat-out punk rocker than a typical blues song, as new Hangmen lead guitarist Ron Heathman (ex-Supersuckers) twists up a Godfathers-style lick. “This is the town of the cold blooded/Long gone, memories faded/Dug up and desecrated,” Small declares on the garage-rocking nugget “Graverobbers,” as guest star Jordan Shapiro conjures wispy trails of pedal-steel adornment. “‘Graverobbers’ is about the media in Hollywood and how everything is for sale and nothing is off limits, dead or alive,” says Small.
“Had a Girl” proves the old adage that the best and most memorable ballads are sung by punk rockers and those who don’t usually sing ballads. “I had a dream, and it was overrated,” Small croons in a world- weary voice. “I had a heart, but it was confiscated.” Acoustic and electric guitars jangle softly together as Bryan rhapsodizes about a mysterious girl who “changes like the weather.”

Over the years, the Hangmen have worked with several notable producers, including Vic Maile (Motorhead, The Inmates, Hawkind), who recorded the Hangmen’s self-titled Capitol Records full-length LP in 1989, which is now a prized collector’s item. (Good luck finding that one on eBay!) Radio Birdman singer Rob Younger helmed the group’s lost second album, which was commissioned by Geffen Records but never released and is now an even greater rarity.

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