The Inner Urge
Melding sounds rooted in ambient and jazz styles by blending vibraphone, analog synthesizers, and reverb-soaked guitar, The Inner Urge engages the audience with a unique style that redefines and electrifies the perception of instrumental music.
The ambient/jazz quartet first met at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2012. Although the current members knew each other and had been playing in school ensembles together, the group never formed until 2014. The group was hosting a weekly jam session in town with rotating members and finally settled on the current members in the Fall of 2015. After an attempt at a very challenging Joe Henderson tune went hilariously wrong, the group seized the memory and name themselves after it. With the solidified instrumentation, the group began gaining ground as more than just a house band and by the time the members graduated from IUP in 2016, they had established a wide following in the small town. Since graduating, the members have been spread across the PA state. The difference in geography has allowed the group to build a following all over.
The Inner Urge is composed of four members:
◦ Alexander Price (Johnstown, PA) – guitar / violin
◦ Michael Garbett (Pittsburgh, PA) – vibraphone / percussion
◦ Andrew Koss (New York, NY) – bass / synthesizer
◦ Jesse Griffith (Lancaster, PA) – drumset
Recently, The Inner Urge has released their debut self-titled album of original material. It is available on Bandcamp and soon on all major streaming platforms. Upon its release in February 2018, the ‘Urge backed it up with an extensive 16-date tour. With shows in major cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, New York City, and even stretching as far west in Ohio as Cleveland and Columbus, the group has managed to promote their music to be heard on radio stations all across the PA state.