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When you listen to The Years, the debut studio recording from Urbanites, you’re hearing a band in progress. Beneath the frayed linen cover of a classic novel or between the scratchy grooves of a worn out 33 & 1/3rd, there’s a story that we’ve all heard some version of - if not lived through, more times than we’d care to admit: We expend our lives trying to get to an ideal that doesn’t actually exist. And when we come to understand this reality, we often find that, what we truly wanted, was right there - with us the entire time.

Bradley Briggs, Steven Burkholder, DJ Field and Jeremy Schering had known one another for the better part of a decade before forming Urbanites. They met in Valparaiso, Indiana - a community that unifies the rustic midwest with nearby Chicago, Illinois. The four began making music by exchanging (destroying, and restoring) computer files and occasionally passing around a weathered acoustic guitar. After years of conversations and individual collaborations, they came to understand that, when the four of them came together, it was the kind of band that each of them had always wanted to be in.

Urbanites’ first rehearsal space was in the grand ballroom of an abandoned mansion, secluded in the snowy woods of the Indiana countryside. Recording their first demos, every breath haunted the icy air, as microphones were set and computers were adapted to wall outlets - likely wired in the early nineteen hundreds.

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