By: David Higdon
The wait for a new studio album, the first since 2003's Motherfuckers Be Trippin, has been a long one, but that's not because the Supersuckers have been laying low. On the contrary, rock 'n' roll's most rock 'n' roll band has been on a near constant touring schedule in both headlining and supporting roles. So, what better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band than with the new release, Get It Together (Mid Fi Recordings), and well, more touring.
Constant touring has taken the band from state to state and country to country, only to anoint their followers one by one with the sweat of the dedicated in a career path that tends to chew up and spit out many. With a live show that is off the hook, the new release captures and shares that energy by way of a DVD of a complete 2007 show. If you haven't caught them yet, their rabid fan base regularly uploads fresh material to Archive.org.
Get It Together is the tenth release from a band that swings the pendulum from country to full rock swagger with effortless ease. Perhaps this connection is best evidenced on "She Is Leaving," a heartbreaking tale of a girl on her way out the door, while "When I Go, I'm Gone" manages to keep the band's party approach going through a well crafted rock song.
The album takes a few steps outside of the normal Supersuckers realm as evidenced by the loose, catchy fun of "Sunset on a Sunday," a slice of Cheap Trick-style power pop that would make Robin Zander proud. The band's country side has seen it record with Steve Earle, and they've backed up Willie Nelson onstage, while still managing to find time to playEddie Vedder's birthday party – now that's a fucking rock band! None of these facts are lost or overlooked when lead singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti's country tinged "Breaking Honey's Heart" makes its studio appearance. Adding emphasis by way of Willie sidekick Mickey Raphael's harmonica, the standout track on this new release could very well be its most tender.
Bonus Suckers! Here's the boys tearing up Thin Lizzy in style.
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