The former Sub Pop roster outliers, the crazy garage punk cowboys Supersuckers, worshipped among others by Lemmy Kilmister himself, Eddie Vedder, Cheap Trick, Willie Nelson and Little Steven, are returning to Ljubljana in April. Warming us up for the explosive rock ‘n’ roll party will be local psychobilly veterans EightBomb. Hit it!
“If you don’t like the Supersuckers, you don’t like rock ‘n’ roll.” – Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
“[Supersuckers] played my birthday party. They rock!” – Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
The Smoke of Hell and La Mano Cornuda – the pinky and index raised high, wreathed in devilish rock ‘n’ roll smoke, have been the trademark symbol of Eddie Spaghetti‘s hedonistic gang since their above-mentioned first albums for Sub Pop. The Arizonian punk rockers crashed into Seattle in 1989, smack in the middle of grunge fever. Cowboy hats and boots instead of flannel shirts and All Stars, melodic punk ‘n’ roll anthems instead of introverted existentialist lyrics and hard rock/metal riffage. They could hardly be more different from the Sub Pop flagbearers of the early 1990s, and yet the Supersuckers won over grunge audiences with their honest, heartfelt, energetic sex-drugs-booze-rock ‘n’ roll-Satan-party non-philosophy, as well as left their mark on the garage rock ‘n’ roll scene and then later – also through collaborations with Steve Earle and Willie Nelson – as country music rebels.
At the turn of the millennium, they faced label issues and a short-lived identity crisis, which they overcame with the decisive Get It Together album. Eddie Spaghetti then released a few solo records and successfully beat cancer, with the Supersuckers returning in 2015 with their new album Holdin’ the Bag, horns and guitars raised high again!
After ten years, Ljubljana-based EightBomb are still regarded as hard to fit into any single genre. Some describe them as (neo)rockabilly, others as psychobilly, while they see themselves as a rock ‘n’ roll group with the slogan of “original, not traditional”. With regular annual tours around Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as gigs in England, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg and Slovenia’s neighbouring countries, they’ve become a household name on the scene at the European level.
In 2015, Lou Jordaan, the founder and head of the band, died from a heart attack. Despite the shock, the guys decided the effort invested so far wouldn’t be for nought and continued as a trio with guest guitarists. Ahead of the Supersuckers, they’ll present their latest album, recently released via Martin’s Garage/Street13.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.