Sunday, July 23, 2017

Supersuckers at the Gramercy Theatre

Edward Carlyle Daly, who uses the stage name Eddie Spaghetti, chose a musical career path after hearing the Knack play "My Sharona." Eddie grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and averse to the area's penchant for country music, he turned to heavy metal, then punk rock. He and some friends formed the Black Supersuckers in 1988, hoping to inject a little showmanship into the punk scene. Outgrowing the local circuit, the band in 1989 moved to Seattle, Washington, where a new music scene was about to change the music world. The renamed Supersuckers began releasing albums in 1992 and toured heavily until a hiatus in 2008. Spaghetti then recorded and toured under his own name until he regrouped Supersuckers in 2011. In 2015, he was diagnosed with stage 3 oropharynx cancer and underwent surgery and eight months of radiation treatments. Declared cancer-free, Supersuckers went back on the road in 2016. The band's 10th and most recent studio album is 2015's Holdin' The Bag.

At the Gramercy Theatre tonight, Supersuckers was a power trio, consisting of vocalist/bassist Spaghetti, guitarist "Metal" Marty Chandler, and drummer Christopher "Chango" Von Streicher. It was just three guys playing just three chords, for the most part. Sounding like a combination of ZZ Top and Motorhead, Supersuckers played loud, pounding, massive-sounding rock and roll, led by Spaghetti's sandpaper-scraped vocals and Chandler's noisy guitar. They made music that sounded about as pretty as a chainsaw at work. Maybe the beauty of the enthusiastic, energetic set was simply the power of guitar-driven, lightning fast rock.

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