Over 15 years since their last album, the two-headed rock â€˜n roll behemoth that is Urge Overkill, will finally make its return. Their new album, Rock&Roll Submarine, is out May 10th on their own label UO Records. The bandâ€™s mixture of arena-ready hooks with punk rock ferocity is as potent as ever, as apparent on the rip-roaring new track, â€œEffigy.â€ As fans who crowded NYCâ€™s Mercury Lounge this past October to witness the reunited group can attest, UOâ€™s live show is in top form as well. The guys kick off a brief US tour in May, where they will be tearing through their new and classic material.
The reformed lineup is made up of original singer-guitarists/songwriters Eddie â€œKingâ€ Roeser and Nash Kato, along with drummer Bonn Quast (Polvo; The Cherry Valence) and bassist Hadji Hodgkiss (Gaza Strippers). As always, the chemistry between Kato and Roeser is at the driving force behind each song. Whether itâ€™s the haunting way in which their voices blend or their striking, intertwined guitars, the dual frontmen exude a unique and magnetic presence that has been sorely missed.
UO released its first full-length, the Steve Albini-produced Jesus Urge Superstar, in 1989 through Touch and Go Records and steadily began ascending in popularity. Their third release for Touch and Go was helmed by another iconic producer, Butch Vig. By the early 90â€™s, they were opening on Nirvanaâ€™s Nevermind tour and Pearl Jamâ€™s Vs. tour, and eventually signed to Geffen Records, who releasedtheir beloved classic LP, Saturation. The groupâ€™s biggest moment in the spotlight came when Quentin Tarantino prominently used their cover of Neil Diamondâ€™s â€œGirl, Youâ€™ll Be A Woman Soonâ€ in his film Pulp Fiction. The soundtrack soon became one of the most acclaimed and successful of the decade and Urgeâ€™s version of â€œGirlâ€ became a hit. The band went on to sell over 2.5 million albums, and recently came full circle when they performed at the New York Friarâ€™s Club Roast of Quentin Tarantino this past December.
Urge Overkill Tour Dates:
05/13: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
05/14: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
05/17: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/20: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge