(VACATION) PHOTOS: The Urge in St. Louis, MO 08.17.18

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Editor’s Note: Everybody needs to get away once in a while, including us, but even on vacation we can’t stay away from live music, our own Matt Lambert was on the road recently, and caught a personal favorite of his playing in their hometown of St. Louis, MO. Checkout his thoughts and photos from the show.

Many people from New England may not have heard of The Urge, they started in the late 80s, put out a few albums and started to get noticed in 1996 as they had toured with the likes of Incubus and Korn. And back in 1998, they had a hit “Jump Right In,” that graced the airwaves of the now defunct 104.1 WBCN in Boston, MA. After hearing that song, and seeing them on HBO’s Reverb, a late night concert show, in the late 90s, I was hooked. Never thinking I’d get to see them in my life, when I saw the announcement for a show where they were going to play their 1998 release Master of Styles in its entirety in their hometown of St. Louis Missouri, I knew I had to be there.

The Urge combine elements of ska, punk, reggae and metal in their songs. Front man Steve Ewing, who had recently competed in a body building competition looks to be in the best shape of his life and it showed. Throughout the set Ewing and the other members would be jumping and running around the stage that kept the upbeat energy until the very final note. Not only did they play Master of Styles in full, but also a few other songs, including a few newer tunes from the past decade.

A detoured trip from Seattle (while catching the Pearl Jam home shows) to the Midwest was completely worth it. I’m hoping this won’t be the last time I get to see the Urge, where even after 20+ years of rocking, last week proved they still have it, if not even better than before! Go see them if you can, you definitely won’t regret it.

Photos – The Urge at Delmar Hall in St. Louis, MO on August 17th, 2018:

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