Entering Steve’s Hot Dogs on the hill for the first time, I was quite impressed. Awaiting Steve’s arrival, I studied the Urge memorabilia that covered the bright orange walls like a uniformed blast from the past. The menu is hand written on a chalk board, table tops uniquely painted and accompanied by vintage wooded chairs. The vintage look of Steve’s Hot dogs on the hill makes you feel as if you were personally invited to stop in for lunch. I didn’t get to try anything on the menu as I was there before they opened but I do intend on going back for lunch in the near future.
I was sitting at the table closest to the counter when Steve arrived. Sporting a smile on his face, he came through the main door with a box in one arm and the other outstretched to shake my hand. Without setting the box down, Steve came right over to me, shook my hand and said” I’ll be right with you man.” After a brief stop behind the counter, he sat down with me to chat. “I have met a lot of band members in my day but I have never met a nicer guy than Steve Ewing.”
Patrick: How’s business so far Steve?
Steve: Good, kind of slow right now but going really well.
Patrick: The Urge is known for their energetic shows. How important is energy when you guys perform?
Steve: It’s really the only way we know how to do it. That’s’ the only way I can explain it. We never get tired of it, it’s just the way we do it.
Patrick: What is your main drive for lyrics?
Steve: Everything! Life and what is going on at the moment. It really depends on where you are at in life. Every writer writes about what they are going through at that time and then the next album it’s different.
Patrick: What brought you guys back together?
Steve: We just wanted to play really. We all missed the grandeur of The Urge and really just wanted to play.
Patrick: You guys split over creative differences right?
Steve: There was a whole long list of reasons. I mean, it was everything you would expect when a band splits up really. Everyone wants to do something a little different and then you have the record label that is pushing you to go a certain way. So yeah, there was a lot involved.
Patrick: What makes you guys confident it will work well this time?
Steve: There is no reason why it wouldn’t. Everything is different. We don’t have the label issues and we can do it for the reasons we started doing it.
Patrick: Is The Urge back for good? Do you guys plan on going on tour with the new album?
Steve: Yeah! There is no reason for us not to be back for good. We will be some touring, nothing major but we will be out there.
Patrick: What’s your inspiration for lyrics on the new album?
Steve: Both ways, personal relationship, just all over really. It’s kind of going to be a mix of old and new sound. A mix between Too much stereo and Receiving the gift of flavor.
Patrick: How is the new album coming along?
Steve: Slow. Good but slow. It’s hard to get everyone together. We only get together one or two days a week as opposed to every day like before.
Patrick: What is the new single “Say yeah” about?
Steve: Someone I love and care a lot about.
Patrick: Did you guys expect the reaction you got from the fans about the Urge’s comeback?
Steve: No, not at all. It was fantastic! We really didn’t know what to expect. It was like walking back into the unknown but that’s what we like. Wondering what the night will bring and what the crowed will be like. It was great though!
Patrick: The 90s were the peak of the music industry, do you agree? What happened to the industry?
Steve: Absolutely, the 90s were defiantly the peak. Everything was so big! It was huge but once something gets so big, it’s going to bust. Once something gets so high, it has to start coming down.
Patrick: What’s your favorite song right now?
Steve: Oh, I am so bad at this question! That’s a hard one. I guess I would have to say “Risk” by The Deftones, Diamond Eyes. They have done so well. I love those guys!
Patrick: What is your favorite Urge album?
Steve: Receiving the gift of flavor. Everybody knows every song on that one. They really get into it.
Patrick: What’s in your cd player in your car right now?
Steve: Comfort Eagle by Cake. Love Cake!
Patrick: What’s your favorite song on 105.7 the point right now?
Steve: Awolnation, that sail song. That’s a cool song.
Patrick: What do you guys owe 105.7 The Point for the success of the Urge?
Steve: A lot! They broke the single “Brainless”. They really got us out there and into everyone’s ears so yeah, a lot. That’s why we do whatever we can for them.
Patrick: When can we expect the new album to be out?
Steve: Just keep looking out! We are hoping May or June.
Patrick: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me Steve.
Steve: Anytime man, thank you!