Coming off recent news that Supersuckers member Eddie Spaghetti has been battling cancer, the band have announced they will be issuing a new LP to help offset some of the bassist/singer's medical bills. Titled Holdin' the Bag, the record finds the long-running Seattle punk outfit dialling down the distortion to deliver country and western sounds. It sees release October 16 via Acetate Records.
News of the album was delivered today (August 17), with the band reporting: "Eddie Spaghetti might not be able to actually speak due to the cancer surgeries, he can't even swallow his own spit but because we're so badass, we have a new country record coming out in October called Holdin' The Bag."
The album is the band's first country-geared full-length since 1997's Must've Been High. The album will be released on CD and LP, with proceeds going towards the "Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fund." It's said to feature "a compelling blend of brawny badassery and sensitive songcraft."
Though a tracklisting has yet to be unveiled in full, the collection apparently delivers "twangy anthems," including "High and Outside," "Man on a Mission" and "Jibber-Jabber." Elsewhere, a cover of Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" appears, with the lyrics being updated to include references to Steve Earle and Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister.
The album sessions also yielded a cover of Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on a Fast Train," which will appear as a bonus cut on the vinyl version of Holdin' the Bag.
You can stream the title cut below, courtesy of Guitar World.
"If you don't like Holdin' the Bag, then you really don't like the Supersuckers," Spaghetti said in a statement. "I really feel like this and [2014's] Get the Hell are the best records we've ever made. I feel like, after 25 years, we're finally getting the hang of this."
As previously reported, Spaghetti was diagnosed with stage 3 oropharynx cancer in the spring. He underwent surgery earlier in the summer, and plans to get back out on the road with the band later this year. Despite this, Spaghetti's financial situation has left him unable to handle hospital bills on his own, which led to the creation of the "Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fund."
They have raised over $60,000 USD of the initial $50,000 goal since June, but donations are still being taken over here.