Urge Overkill Returns

May 16th, 2011

Nash Kato (vocals and guitar) and Eddie “King” Roeser (vocals and bass) met at Northwestern University back in 1985. They added a since-departed drummer, took a lyric from the Funkadelic song “Funkentelechy” and Urge Overkill was born. Despite a sound expertly meshing punk and arena rock—and plum opening spots on Nirvana’s Nevermind tour and Pearl Jam’s Vs. tour—the band didn’t receive much widespread love until their cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” was featured on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. An LP followed, but due to arguments and lineup changes, they couldn’t capitalize and ultimately broke up. But you can’t keep a good band down, and so Urge Overkill (above, doing “Sister Havana” on Late Night with David Letterman) returns to New York City, with Rock & Roll Submarine, an album of all-new material (the first in 15 years), to play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.