The Urge Biography
Blending Ska, Punk-Rock and Hip-Hop the St. Louis, Missouri USA-based outfit The Urge was first formed in 1987 by vocalist Steve Ewing and bassist Karl Grable; after several changes in personnel the pair recruited guitarist Jerry Jost, saxaphonist Bill Reiter, trombonist Matt Kwiatkowski, drummer John Pessoni and in 1996 they signed to Immoral / Epic Records.
That same year, in August, the band, which had already gained a solid following through extensive touring with 311, released its official debut album, "Receiving The Gift Of Flavor".
Two years later, with "Master Of Styles", The Urge topped the Billboard Magazine's Top Heatseekers list and hit the #111 on the National U.S. Top 200 chart while the lead single, "Jump Right In", which featured guest appearance by 311 frontman Nick Hexum, smashed into the top 10 of The Modern Rock chart.
In July of 2000 the sextet issued the third and final album, "Too Much Stereo". The disc failed to enter the top 100 in U.S. and eventually the group broke up.