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About The Sound of Urchin
The Sound of Urchin is a musically diverse guitar-rock band from Brooklyn, NY and New Hope, PA. SOU is known for their eclectic songs, for energetic, spontaneous live shows, and for their heavy touring schedule; as well as for being from the Ween family of musicians. The band is led by singer/drummer Chris “Tomato” Harfenist and guitar hero Bill “B-ILL” Fowler.
Sound of Urchin’s debut E.P. was released on Tomato’s own label, Steven Records, in 1998. After further developing their style and sound, they signed to RCA Records and began working with friend and musical mentor Dean Ween to produce “The Orange EP”. From 2000 to 2002, the band released the “You Are The Best” album (produced by Keith Cleversley of Flaming Lips, Hum fame), and two E.P.’s , and made a video for their song “Scary Skull Eyes” which was featured on MTV2’s 120 Minutes for being a groundbreaking video. The concept for “You Are The Best” was for it to be produced like a mix-tape, where each song was recorded then mixed separately, in response to the cookie-cutter type production techniques of the time. During this time Urchin toured with such diverse bands as Tenacious D, Mike Watt, Cracker, and Dio/Deep Purple/Scorpions.
In 2005 SOU’s second album The Diamond was released on Hybrid Recordings (produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne). This album took SOU into a more focused 70’s arena-rock version of their “outsider-rock” musical mix. This included SOU’s best-known song, “There Are People In The Clouds”. The Urchin toured incessantly for the next 5 years, building their grassroots fanbase, as well as performed on the CBS Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In that time, Urchin released the self-produced “Rejoice” album in 2007 exclusively to their fan-base. This guitar-rock album (produced by Tomato) showcased the well-oiled touring machine that the band had become, and further explored the band’s anthemic side, with longer jams, solos, and guitar harmonies.
In 2014, after a few years of sporadic touring and time to re-group, Urchin kicked off the release of their fourth album, Black Castle, by putting it out on vinyl first, on Baby Gas Mask Records from Tucson, AZ. Black Castle also marks Urchin’s first collaboration with Keith Cleversley since 2002, and brings the band full-circle back to their eclectic roots but with all of SOU’s musical history in tact. The band looks at this more arty/moody album, having been recorded in many different studios/bedrooms/situations, as a personal culmination of life experiences since the “Rejoice” album.
The Urchin is planning the official release on all-formats with worldwide distribution for Fall 2016, which will be a double Black Castle/Rejoice set, containing both albums and unreleased tracks. This will mark the first time Rejoice will be available through major distribution. And this of course also means the band will be out on the road, melting faces wherever they can.
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