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Nash Kato and Eddie “King” Roeser are back to rescue the Urge Overkill name from oblivion. Blackie Onassis is not involved and the band’s affectations have been cut to the bone. The remaining band members know they squandered the success of Saturation with many of the usual rock clichés and are now back to focus on the great songwriting and tough riffs that made them one of the most promising bands of the ‘90s. There are some very good songs here. The title track, “Effigy” and “Poison Flower” immediately establish the band’s sound with loose harmonies and the same distinctive guitar tone that people expect. But this isn’t a nostalgia act. Their sound was never very dependent on the times. They were not a grunge act, but a pop band with loud guitars. “Quiet Person” is a quiet number that highlights the band’s vulnerable side. “She’s My Ride” displays the band’s street swagger. There isn’t a false move here.

Customer Reviews

Bad production

The new Urge Overkill album is not a bad album, it's just a bad sounding album. There are some very good tracks on this disc. Mason/Dixon and Thought Balloon are standouts. If you like Urge than you should pick up Rock and Roll Sub, just don't expect the polished rock of Saturation. The sound of the disc is muddy and often hard to hear the vocals. I hope that Urge takes another crack at some new music, and gets a better producer.

What more do you want?

This is not what you expected, a throwaway nostalgia trip. What this is is a great rock and roll record. A vital rock and roll record. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it might be my favorite UO album, which, even if it may not be true, is awesome enough to have to ponder. Spend some time with these songs, play em loud, drink a few. It's the album of the year.

Run Silent Run Deep

UO are back in a huge way. Brilliant gutsy rock & roll. My fav record of the year so far.


Formed: 1985 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few bands ever lusted after rock stardom quite as blatantly as Chicago's Urge Overkill. Although they draped their quest for stardom in a cloak of ironic detachment, it's quite clear the trio members expected that if they acted like stars, they would become stars. For a while, their stylish, retro-'70s outfits, matching medallions, and heavy Cheap Trick homages earned the group a popular following in alternative rock circles. The SuperSonic Storybook and the Stull EP were both underground hits in...
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