Supersuckers Champion Controversial Cause As New Albums Arrive

With a new compilation in stores and a new studio album on the way, you'd think that the Supersuckers would have enough to worry about.

However, the band has decided to champion what could be a controversial cause in calling for a new trial for Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin, the three then-teenagers convicted of mutilating and murdering three pre-teen boys in the Arkansas woods in 1993. The case against Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin was captured in the Emmy Award-winning 1996 documentary "Paradise Lost," a film that raised doubts about the boys' guilt.

Now, the Supersuckers are weighing in, offering a link from their official Web site (at www.supersuckers.com) to an organization that supports the three in their quest for a new trial. The band is also trying to put together a benefit CD that would help raise money for the legal fees incurred by Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin.

"We're kind of working on this thing

for this group of kinds called the West Memphis Three," Supersuckers' frontman Eddie Spaghetti told MTV News. "One of the appeals for those kids who are on death row, Damien Echols, is coming up in April, and we're putting together this compilation record to help raise some awareness, and hopefully a little money for the defense fund and hopefully get them out, because you see that video and you know that these kids didn't do it." [RealAudio]

In June, Echols' most recent attempt at a new trial was struck down by Judge David Burnett, who ruled that Echols' legal team had "not established proof of both deficient conduct and actual prejudice" on the part of Echols' original defense team.

Spaghetti observed, "The bummer is that these kids are still in prison convicted on the confession of a kid with a 72 IQ."

In addition to the confession of Misskelley, the evidence against the boys included Echols' alleged fixation with

the occult and his bouts of depression.

Aside from the benefit, the band is currently on the road touring behind its recently released compilation "How The Supersuckers Became The Greatest Rock Band In The World," and drumming up support for its upcoming studio album, "The Evil Powers Of Rock And Roll," which will arrive in October.