Friday, November 21, 2014

Give Major Urges A Dollar

Major Urges - Fake Blood [Music Video] from Major Urges on Vimeo.

Major Urges is the brainchild of Benjamin J. Evans of Fort Smith who formerly played bass with Pagiins and fronted A+ Setup. Back when the band's first album came out in early 2013, Evans called the album Major Urges and the band "Feedback." When he found out that there was more than one other band called Feedback just in Arkansas, and yet another elsewhere that held a trademark on the name, he switched the name of the band with the name of the record and Feedback became the debut album of the band Major Urges.

Feedback is a dizzily eclectic record, switching back and forth from fuzzed out power pop, nervy new wave and post punk, and even displaying hints of Gilbert & Sullivan and The Beach Boys. What it lacks in focus, it more than makes up in energy. Indeed, the unpredictability is a big part of the album's appeal.

Today, Evans is releasing Major Urges' second album, a 19-song epic titled Ursa Major. The creativity that was hinted at in the randomness of Feedback fully blooms on the new record. Evans tightens the scope of song writing, focusing on the fuzzy power pop and nervy new wave, and dialing up the energy several notches with a bunch of punk influenced riffs and rhythms. It’s an amazingly catchy and clever album, and Evans is giving it away for free from his Bandcamp page. Free is great and all, but the name of this blog is “Give This Band a Dollar,” so I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to drop a dollar in the digital tip jar as you click the download button.

To give you a better idea of how good this record is, I’ve embedded the video for the first single, “Fake Blood,” up at the top of the post. Down below is the Bandcamp stream of the debut album. If you like it, show the band your appreciation and share this post with your friends, too.

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