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The Supersuckers

Saturday, January 26, at the Jigsaw.



No one knows better than the Supersuckers that a great rock and roll concert looks, sounds, and smells a lot like Party Central. The Seattle-by-way-of-Tucson quartet boasts riff-rocking showmanship, a twisted sense of humor, and, in frontman Eddie Spaghetti, a playfully rebellious dude who channels a lot of early-punk appeal. Need proof? Check out the juvenile, middle-finger bravado of "Supersucker Drive-By Blues," the dark and over-the-top "How to Maximize Your Kill Count," and the hell-bound anthem "Born With a Tail."

Celebrating sex, drugs, and good times, the Supersuckers' raucous garage-punk rockabilly comes off like Social Distortion's still-off-the-wagon little brother. Like Social D frontman Mike Ness, the 'Suckers dig a little twang once in a while. Cuts from their 1997 honky-tonk hardcore CD, Must've Been High, have become staples of their live set, while scores of other songs receive country-style makeovers onstage.

The band's core trio — singer and bassist Spaghetti, plus guitarists Rontrose Heathman and Dan "Thunder" Bolton — have known each other since grade school. Twenty-some years after they first started making music together, they still gleefully demolish their own and other artists' songs (like Ice Cube's "Dead Homiez" and OutKast's "Hey Ya") in concert. The Supersuckers' willingness to not take themselves too seriously has little in common with the super-sulky tone most of their Seattle contemporaries copped during the '90s. It's served them well on record and even better onstage.

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