By Shari Burnett

WHO: SuperSuckers

WHERE: Maxx Fish

WHEN: Monday, February 19

e’vil n. An evil force, power or personification.

A tall title to live up to, but Seattle’s hard-hitting rock ’n’ roll rebels, SuperSuckers, do it every time they step on stage or into the studio.

"It’s the best things about rock ’n’ roll, all the things that are just wrong and quote ‘evil’," says Suckers front man Eddie Spaghetti. "That’s why people sell their souls at the cross roads… blues based music, rock and roll and good country are things that your proper citizens don’t want people listening to… but I’ve always enjoyed that spirit."

"Spirited" would be a mild description for songs titled I Want the Drugs, Gone Gambling and My Kickass Life. "Spirited" also did not make the list of adjectives used on the band’s bio: "They’re shoplifters, drug addicts, gamblers, burglars and whore mongers…"

"We are the greatest rock and roll band in the world in every sense of it," laughs Spaghetti, "and I cannot confirm or deny those (adjectives)."

Spaghetti drops into a more serious mode, however, to talk about a rather selfless project for a band that preaches the religion of self-indulgence. Free The West Memphis 3 is a compilation CD dedicated to raising awareness about the highly controversial murder convictions of teenagers Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley. Echols sits on death row.

"We’re not raging against any machine (with this project). It’s something that I identify with because of the way they were vilified through their pursuit of teen rebellion. They listened to the wrong kind of music; they wore the wrong kind of clothes; they read the wrong kind of books. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and boom, all of a sudden they’re murderers? No. I don’t think so. But that’s the perception in the community and it’s really unfortunate. I think as an escapist rock and roll band it’s a good thing to stand up for."

Spaghetti is listed as an executive producer on the 15-song CD, which also features music by Rocket from the Crypt, Tom Waits, L7 and Steve Earl. Earl was a natural for the project, as a very vocal opponent of the death penalty.

"This case has definitely opened up my eyes to that," says Spaghetti. "I think before this case I was neither here nor there on the death penalty. Now my opinion is do I need to be doing the killing through my tax dollars? And ‘no’ is my answer. I’m now vehemently opposed to the death penalty, especially now, having a friend on death row it makes it very clear.


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