The Urge Readies Third Album

After scoring a rock radio hit with 1998's "Jump Right In," the ska-leaning men of The Urge are wrapping up work on their third major-label album.

The St. Louis band hooked up with producer Cliff Magness in Los Angeles to record the still-untitled effort and wound up with some 18 songs to choose from. The band is likely to settle on 12 or 13 songs for the album (among those already making the cut are "What Is This" and "Too Much Stereo") and hopes to have the record in stores in May.

According to the group's label, Immortal/Virgin Records, the consensus among the members of The Urge is that the songs are the band's strongest yet, that the tracks work well as an album, and that much of the credit for that belongs to producer Magness.

The new album will mark the band's third full-length release and follows on the heels of the group's biggest commercial success, the 1998 LP "Master Of Styles." The band owes at least a small bit of that success to 311, who took

the band out on the road and whose lead singer, Nick Hexum, sang on "Jump Right In." Spokespeople for the label did not know if the band had any such special guests up their sleeve this time around.