MOTHERFUCKERS BE TRIPPIN'
It's safe to say the Supersuckers have met the most important standard (and survival tool) set by their hard-rock forebears AC/DC and Motrhead: consistency. Sure, AC/DC only ever wrote one song, but it's a fucking greatsong. And it's now the same sort of tradition with the Supersuckers. Air-guitar worthy, wah-drenched lead axe work? Check. "Goddamn, I love drinking!" songs? Check. Love songs that don't make you feel like a pansy? Check. Songs with "rock" in the title? Check: two. Fans of the band should be aware of their twin personas by now: punk-inflected rock (reveling in all the best hard-rock clichs) and drunk, authentic, Waylon-and-Willie-flavored country. Motherfuckers Be Trippin' falls completely within the first camp, although some of the country stylings of '70s Southern rock dinosaurs bleed through now and again. And while the band may have learned their rock lessons well, the past 25 years of hard music, specifically punk, haven't escaped them either. The "hit" of the album has to be the never-gonna-get-radio-play-with-this-title gem "Pretty Fucked Up." So Motherfuckers Be Trippin' isn't testing any boundaries, but who cares? It still brings the Rock, and sometimes that's all you want.
Supersuckers perform with many, many other bands at the seventh annual OC Earth Day Festival at the Fullerton Transportation Center, Southeast Corner of Harbor Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton; www.ocearthday.com. Sat., 11 a.m. till dusk. Free.
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