Supersuckers the saviours of rock 

They aren’t pretty but their pursuits are noble

Who: The Supersuckers with Speedealer and Rod Iron Haulers

Where: Garfinkel’s

When: Sunday, Dec. 7

Tickets: $20-$22

Rock ’n’ roll ain’t pretty. It doesn’t look like Justin Timberlake in a mesh trucker hat. It looks a lot like four mangy no-good sleazeballs in leather jackets and bad-cop glasses without a bottle of conditioner between them. The kind of guys that get drunk at 2 o’clock in the afternoon in the local downtown tavern, pass out and are back slammin’ jack by happy hour.

It sounds a lot like that too. Hard, fast and raw with lyrics about bad, bad, bad things. If it’s one word you’re looking for to sum up this kind of rock ’n’ roll it’s gotta be the Supersuckers.

The Seattle-based band has been rocking out since forming in 1988, back in their childhood home of Tucson, Arizona and wouldn’t you know, them boys are still at it as oh-three draws to a close.

But as much as they look like the kind of guys that move in with trailertrash cougars and refuse to work or leave, bassist/vocalist Eddie Spaghetti, guitarists Dan "Thunder" Bolton and Rontrose Heathman and drummer Dancing Eagle are a hard working band in line for the title "Saviours of Rock."

Last April’s release of Motherf**ers be Trippin’ on their independent label Mid-Fi Recordings proves the Suckers aren’t content to ride the catchy coattails of mid-90s classics such as Born with a Tail and Creepy Jackalope Eye. They’re not content to grow old and bearded touring mid-western farm towns playing selections from country-fried album Must’ve Been High , an album which made snot-nosed punk snobs all over North America realize they liked country music.

They’re content to keep touring the world and rocking out for their fans. As evil as they claim to be, that’s about the noblest pursuit short of the Nobel Prize.

Catch the Supersuckers this Sunday night at Garfinkel’s, along with openers The Rod Iron Haulers and Speedealer. Fans of defunct Whistler rock band Huskavarna should make sure to catch Speedealer’s set if they’re interested to see what happened to Husky bassist Jason Gavin after he moved to Texas back in September. Everyone loves a homecoming, especially one that is sure to involve what Gavin promises will be "good rockin’ tunes and lots of beer drinking."

Tickets are $20 in advance from Blueballs Boutique, The Electric Daisy Internet Café and Garfinkel’s, $22 at the door.

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