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Urge Overkill/Didjits 

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This promises to be an evening of brutal assaults on all sorts of things: your ears, your mind, your finer sensibilities, you name it. Urge Overkill are three local boys who grind out helpings of typical Chicago sludge rock beneath a peculiar veneer of Kennedy-era Rat Pack chic; with their turtleneck sweaters, crushed-velvet embroidered jackets, strange alter egos--the band members claim to be named National Kato, King Roeser, and Blackie Onassis--they verge on being more interesting to think about than to actually hear. But given time, out of the mud-crunch sound emerge some recognizable elements: you hear Kato's unrelenting mid-70s guitar textures first--ZZ Top here, Zep there, dirtied-up AC/DC everywhere; then you latch on to the distant, unhappy vocals, and finally you discover melodies, and even songs. Under the grunge they're a fast and furious rock 'n' roll band. Didjits hail from Champaign; like Urge they're on local indie Touch and Go records, and they muck around in similar territory: they're dirty, fun, sarcastic. Locals the Poster Children open. Tonight, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield; 472-0449.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Josh Miller.

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