Album Review: Supersuckers – “Suck It”
Scary to think that 2018 marks 30 years as a band for the Supersuckers. Despite the odd mis-step, it’s to their credit that the standard of their music has stayed pretty high throughout and “Suck It”, no less than their twelfth album, is another solid addition to the catalogue.
Whereas “Suck It”‘s predecessor “Holdin’ The Bag” was one of Eddie Spaghetti and co’s occasional forays into more mid-paced country music, this one sees the amps turned right back up, and as soon as the Motorhead-esque opener “All Of The Time” comes stomping out of the traps, you’re left in no doubt that this band aren’t planning on slowing things down any time soon.
While the more mid-paced “History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Dead Inside” are angry howls of frustration from the band that they and so many of their brethren (the Hangmen, the Dwarves, the Bellrays, Electric Six and Rocket From The Crypt all get a namecheck on the former) are still struggling to gain any major recognition, and “Worst Thing Ever” is a doomy post-breakup song, there’s still plenty of the ‘Suckers’ trademark humour on “Suck It”. “Breakin’ My Balls”, the frenetic “What’s Up With This Motherfuckin’ Thing?”, “Til I Die” and the ode to less-than-legal after-dark activities on “Parking Lot” all being worthy additions to the band’s canon, while “Cold Wet Wind” delivers the by now customary country twang that represents the other side of the band’s repertoire.
It all ends with a woozy cover of ZZ Top’s “Beer Drinkers And Hellraisers” which brings things to a close nicely. If this album was intended as a thirtieth anniversary treat to the fans then it’s definitely a much-appreciated gesture. Nice one lads.
Quite simply, "Suck It" does everything that a Supersuckers album should do, with a good mix of hard-drinking anthems and more reflective and angry moments, plus a spoonful of outlaw country just to finish the mix off. The group have been on a good run in recent years and "Suck It" definitely keeps that momentum going. Here's to another thirty years!