2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Urge Overkill


Indie Rock Legends re-em-URGE!

Urge Overkill’s first album in 16 years, Rock & Roll Submarine, is the critically acclaimed new album from Urge Overkill, earning 4 stars from Mojo Magazine, and delighting hungry fans worldwide. Now is the time to discover the 21st Century Urge Overkill.

Stylish, retro-’70s outfits, matching medallions, and heavy Cheap Trick homages earned the group a popular following on indie label Touch and Go records. The SuperSonic Storybook and the Stull EP were both underground hits in the early ’90s, before alternative rock became big business.Urge's "The Supersonic Storybook" album is on Spin magazine's 20 Best Albums of 1991, and The Stull EP features the song "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon", which was discovered by Quentin Tarantino and immortalized in a seminal scene in the movie "Pulp Fiction."

Urge Overkill is comprised of two unique voices — a double singer-songwriter attack — Eddie “King” Roeser and Nash Kato- two Minnesota native sons who met at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, and began the band in Chicago. Taking their name from a Parliament song, Urge Overkill formed in 1984. Steve Albini, a fellow Northwestern student, recorded their debut EP, Strange, I…on his own label, Ruthless Records.

Corey Rusk, the founder of Touch and Go Records, championed the band as well, and the band’s first full length album, “Jesus Urge Superstar” was released on Touch and Go Records, with Steve Albini recording (and also housing the band in his basement).

The Butch Vig-produced “Americruiser” (1990) featured a sound and sense of style that inspired Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins to follow suit and use Butch for their subsequent releases, “Nevermind” included.

Urge Overkill has always explored a diversity of styles. 1991′s “The SuperSonic Storybook” had the band re-uniting again with Steve Albini in Chicago. Urge opened for Nirvana on the American and European “Nevermind” tour, and hit the road with Pearl Jam as well during this time, experiencing the 90′s in arena-style.

Urge hired Kramer to produce the 1992 Stull EP, which featured both “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” and “Goodbye to Guyville,” a kiss-off to the Chicago indie rock scene; Liz Phair would later borrow the term for her acclaimed debut album, Exile in Guyville.

Urge Overkill signed to Geffen Records in 1992- The band’s 1993 major-label debut, “Saturation”, was greeted with strong reviews upon its release. Produced by the Butcher Brothers (Cypress Hill), the album contained songs such as “Sister Havana” , “Positive Bleeding”, and “Back On Me”.

As the band was preparing to record its follow-up to Saturation, Quentin Tarantino picked the group’s cover of “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” for the soundtrack to his unexpected hit Pulp Fiction. The song and soundtrack became a platinum-selling worldwide hit. (Urge Overkill recently reunited with Tarantino at Tarantino’s Friar’s Club Roast in 2010, playing a set at the Friar’s club and sitting on the podium during the roast alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.)

Geffen Records 1995′s Exit the Dragon, currently hailed as a 90′s classic, followed “Saturation” and their world-wide acclaim, and the band dropped out for…a while.

Now, enter “Rock & Roll Submarine”. Enjoy – Urge Style.

Thanks to our sponsors

Monster Energy Esurance Chevrolet AT&T IFC Subway Austin Chronicle

Music sponsor

Sonic Bids

Interactive sponsors

Deloitte American Express Pennzoil