AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson makes a guest appearance on the debut album by the Newcastle, England-based rock outfit THE URGE.
THE URGE began when guitarist John Miles Jr. got together with drummer Simon Ferry. The pair had been working together with Geordie legend Brendan Healey's BIG BAND; the equally legendary John Miles Sr. spotted Simon at one of their gigs and drafted him into his band. John Jr. discovered that he and Simon had similar tastes and influences and decided to have a go at writing some songs. "We just clicked," says Miles and the songs just came rattling out.
"We both love rock music and always went for the same albums on the tour bus. The STONES, ZEPPELIN — classic rock really — we wanted to write songs in that vein. On the other hand we didn't just want to just make a noise, we wanted to write great songs with strong melodies."
With several songs, many lacking lyrics, under their belts the hunt was on for a singer. "We didn't really look far," says Miles. "I'd worked with Jonnie Boyle and he's not only got a great pair of lungs on him, he's one of the best show-men I've ever seen. He was the first choice and when he heard the songs he agreed to join immediately. He came up with some great lyrics straight away."
Recording started at Wild Trax studio, with Frankie Gibbon producing, in April 2006. In three short months the album was virtually finished. The band sent a copy to Brian Johnson, who was so knocked out he asked if he could duet on "Blue Steel". The final mixes were done with Miles Sr. at the desk.
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for THE URGE in which the band discusses its collaboration with Brian Johnson is available for download at this location.
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