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.