QATSI: We Love The UrgeSo, we've been told the name comes from a movie or something...?
That's right: the QATSI trilogy. It is pronounced "Kaht-See". There's no "U" in there. It's a Hopi Indian word that means "way of life".
I see. And what's the QATSI "way of life"?
We started out just wanting to write honest rock songs. We didn't care if we sounded like somebody else - we figured if we were honest, it would show. But we were definitely influenced by several record: Plastic Ono Band, Electric Warrior by T-Rex, and Soundtracks by Can...
I suppose this way of life took seven days to create?
Actually, it took nine days (laughs). Our friends from Elk City (Warm) and The National (Brassland) asked us to play a show with them last year at Southpaw (in Brooklyn, NY) nine days before the show was going to happen. We weren't expecting a show but we put some things together - I think like two of those songs are still in the set (all laugh). But things have been great the past year. We've gotten to play some great shows with some great bands - The Holy Ghost, Grand Mal, Read Yellow...that show in particular...
So, you've just been sloshing around in the New York scene for a year or so?
Well, Dave and Jude were in a more experimental thing called Knocked Out Loaded. Two records in four years. Dave was in Small 23 (Alias) back in Chapel Hill like eight years ago and Luke was in another Brooklyn band, The Shipwreckers for two years before joining Qatsi.
And you've got a record out?
Yeah, we recorded it with Jason LaFarge at Seizure's Palace, which is the old haunted B.C. Studios in Gowanus (Brooklyn). We had Fred Kevorkian - who did White Blood Cells - master it for us. We're pretty psyched.
I bet. So, what's the plan? A tour?
Absolutely. Tour, tour, tour in Two-Thousand-Four (laughs). We've already got our wishlist of cities we want to play in, so we'll be making the rounds. But to be honest, we'll play in your brother's garage.
Interview taken from Handheld Soundsystem radio broadcast, Brooklyn Free Radio.
Qatsi is Jude Flannery, Dave Hollinghurst, and Luke Hughett.
Time Out New York - December, 2003
"Qatsi's upcoming We Love the Urge (Hey Frankie Recordings) shows a band that has a pretty fully formed sound--an intricate, guitar-based indie-rock thing that we think means these three guys have plenty of Homestead records at home. It's thickly meolodic if not wholly orginial..."
Village Voice - December 4, 2003
"ThereÂ¹s a tunefully ominous stop-and-start chunk-and-drone psychedelic desert-soul bent to the imminent We Love the Urge..."
Village Voice - March 2, 2004
by Chuck Eddy
Brooklyn band leaves stone-age boogie tracks on distant desert sands
We Love the Urge
Hey Frankie Recordings
The Stoner-Rock Nation faction that believes Queens of the Stone Age sold out would no doubt wrongly consider this Brooklyn trio's sound too clean-cut, as well. They pay meticulous attention to crisscrossing tunes and voices; their funk and time changes and heaviness and noise seem merely incidental, never telegraphed in any way, just emerging naturally in the service of an unfashionably hard, no-bullshit groove from chunky roiling rural boogie rhythms (the guitarist used to play drums, and you can tell) and extended bass-churns, at times increasingly urgent and distorted and at times almost fingersnappingly alleycatlike. Jude Flannery's relaxed and understatedly floating but excitable middle-high-register vocals are blues-tinged; arrangements swallow themselves and open up in the middle; concise songs twist and gurgle without losing track of their feet like a jam band or bogging down like a grunge one. Sunbaked '70s mud-festival or '80s AOR or '90s Lollapalooza feel-words about desert roads. First song's lyrics quote "Kickstart My Heart"; second track's chorus could be Cheap Trick; the best lyric concerns a prostitute.
Check out the artist's website:
1. City Son
2. To Be A Star
3. Downtown Man
4. Now or Never
5. Stagelights in the City
6. San Antonio
7. XXII / Brighten the Lights
8. Working Harder
9. I Stand Alone
10. I Need
11. Desert Soul