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The Urge was formed in 1987 by drummer Jeff Herschel, bassist Karl Grable, guitarist Pat Malecek, and singer Steve Ewing in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Combining multiple styles of music - including ska, thrash, metal, funk, reggae, and hip hop - the band would become infamous throughout the midwest and beyond for its highly energetic live shows, blistering musicianship, and rabid fan base.

The original Urge lineup debuted in 1989 with the cassette-only Bust Me Dat Forty, followed a year later by the LP Puttin’ the Backbone Back. After the addition of trombonist Matt Kwiatkowski, the group released 1992’s Magically Delicious; later the group added trombonist/keyboardist Todd Painter and saxophonist/keyboardist Bill Reiter, and in 1993 recorded the live LP Fat Babies in the Mix. After Herschel and Malecek left the band in 1994, guitarist Jerry Jost and drummer John Pessoni joined the lineup, and subsequent touring with 311 helped The Urge win a number of new fans. The 1995 release of Receiving the Gift of Flavor was so successful that it brought the band to the attention of Epic’s Immortal imprint, which reissued the LP in 1996.

After constant touring with the likes of labelmates Korn and Incubus, Master of Styles was released in 1998, containing the hit “Jump Right In” which featured singer Nick Hexum of 311.


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  • Zach216

    NEW ALBUM "Galvanized" coming I guess (around) November 22nd? ...They're doing release shows!!!

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Dj-BlackJack

    They're back together???!

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dnpinthepp

    It blew my mind when I realized the Urge didn't get the same radio play they got in STL everywhere else.

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    fuck yeah!! got tickets for the November 11th gig!! :D

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • cbarnhart

    Put on an Amazing show Saturday in St. Louis!

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DogmaChain

    Today was awesome, cant wait till thanks giving for you guys.

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mattmikewitt

    So fucking pumped for today!!! Cake, Bush, and Chevelle are opening for The Urge in St. Louis!!!

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KidVenom

    I'm so glad they are back togther

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • OptimusDan

    @gregor104: GREAT NEWS :D

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Zach216

    THIS NEWS IS SO INCREDIBLE and I'm blasting TOO MUCH STEREO right now, hellyeah!

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mattmikewitt

    P.T.M.F.U.S. Play the mother fucking Urge shit! You heard the best so fuck the rest! Play that mother fucking Urge shit!!!

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • gregor104

    @OptimusDan They are back together and making new music!

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • OptimusDan

    I miss this band, they were awesome [2]

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • KidVenom

    @FjordSweetFjord How true this really is.

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Zach216

    I really like Master of Styles and I think Too Much Stereo is an underrated masterpiece, outstanding songs and phenomenal production to go along with them!

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • kukatz

    listening to early 90's German Black Flag / Bl'ast! influenced band called Urge.

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    If you grew up in the suburbs around St. Louis during the 90's, this band was a soundtrack to your childhood :)

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Elementree1

    Please check our music out for fans of: Sublime, 311, Pepper, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rebelution, Bob Marley, Michael Franti, SOJA, Slighty Stoopid....ect We are a fresh new band out of Cincinnati Ohio, genre bending music and a message that must be heard. Our last fm page is: Our myspace page is: Our homepage is: U.N.I.T.Y.

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Jim19

    I miss this band, they were awesome

    12 Aug 2010 Reply
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