From February 1993 through 2021 – The Point is turning 28 and we’re celebrating our “Birthmonth” with some of our favorite bands! 28 Days! 28 Bands! 28 years of The Point!
Birthmonth Artist Of The Day: THE URGE
Today’s Birthmonth Artist Of The Day, THE URGE, is a band that needs no introduction for Point and St. Louis alternative rock fans. The Urge is based in St. Louis, Missouri. Their music combines several genres, including hardcore punk, heavy metal, ska, reggae, funk, rock, and rhythm and blues. Consistent touring throughout the 1990s earned the band a reputation for high-energy live performances.
The Urge was originally formed in 1987 by Webster Groves High School classmates Jeff Herschel (drums) and Karl Grable (bass), and Pat Malecek (guitar) of Saint Louis University High School. The band went through two singers before recruiting Steve Ewing for vocal duties in 1988. Their first album was released in 1989, the cassette-only Bust Me Dat Forty, followed a year later by the LP Puttin’ the Backbone Back on August 9, which featured the addition of saxophonist Jordan Chalden whom joined the band at the end of 1989. After trombonist Matt Kwiatkowski was recruited in 1992, the group released Magically Delicious, which also featured contributions from trumpeter Tony Albano. Chalden left the band shortly after to deal with substance abuse problems. Later that year, the group added saxophonist/keyboardist Bill Reiter and trombonist/keyboardist Todd Painter. In early 1993, the band released the LP Fat Babies in the Mix, a live concert album recorded at Mississippi Nights. After Herschel left the band in May 1994 and Malecek left a few months later to pursue other career paths, guitarist Jerry Jost and drummer John Pessoni, who had previously played together in other bands including Life Without Wayne and The Stand, joined the lineup. Frequent touring with 311 increased the band’s fan base. …read more
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