The Urban Achievers

The Urban Achievers

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The Urban Achievers are a Chicago-area pop-garage-rock/power-punk band. We often draw comparisons to Weezer and even Jimmy Eat World. Listen to the bittersweet sounds of helpdesk frustrations being taken out on unsuspecting musical intruments.

Biography

The People's Rock

The Urban Achievers (UA) have been lurking the scene for several years. Previously playing and recording under the name Goldenboy, the group quietly disbanded and reassembled in 2003, reinventing its sound with Todd on bass and a new moniker. Combined with Goldenboy’s hits, the Urban Achievers have enough original material to rock the house for hours on end, any day of the week.

Vocalist Chris Prchal has been singing and playing as long as people would let him. Having built a fan base while attending Northern Illinois University, Prchal’s band, Mug's Alley, played the main stage at the annual Springfest/Grammy Foundation Concerts. Prchal’s solo work stretches to Europe and back. His first solo project, White Mice Killed the Dinosaurs, took him as far as England, Scotland and Denmark, as well as regional slots with local favorite, Sons of the Never Wrong.

Bill Lloyd is a household name for reasons unfit to list. Lloyd’s influences stem from a childhood infatuation with hair bands and heavy metal. Whether it’s G‘NR or Led Zeppelin; Van Halen or Def Lepard, Bill's licked it. As an original member of The Limbocats, he’s had his share of stage time, from Chicago's famed Vic Theater to the legendary Thirsty Whale. Lloyd’s also done his stint in Nashville, producing and broadcasting new talent and music, adding everything he’s learned to his own six string repertoire.

The Brothers Finch stand tall as the band’s hard and heavy rockers. As Todd says, "I don't play for fun," a veritable understatement. When the boys combine time and space, prepare your face for a rockin’. Scott pens a majority of UA’s lyrics, with Chris and Bill writing the music. In a recent interview, Scott divulged his source of divine inspiration to be a proximal companion. "All it takes is a good neighbor.” Concise words of a man residing in a duplex…

“Being a lanky powerhouse doesn’t come easy,” Mike explains, “People expect you to be, well…better.” Mike's been getting kicked out of organized music since middle school. Teamed with Lloyd at an early age, he’s learned how to please a crowd – beer and energy drinks. Besides clicking hits as an Urban Achiever, Mike drums whenever and wherever his talents are needed. Look for him at bus shelters and soup kitchens near you.

The Urban Achievers are The People's Rock.

Lyrics

You

Written By: Scott Finch

you do the things I cant do
things you know I wont
you forgive me everyday
even though I don't

and I say thanks when I think about it
I dont notice the things I should
the little things that matter most
make me feel so good

Ive got my stupid habits
and you dont seem to mind
Ive got my stupid ways
your love for me is blind

and I say thanks when I think about it
I dont notice the things I should
the little things that matter most
make me feel so good

you smile and make it all ok
what more could you do
you smile and make it go away
oh, i love you

Surfin' Song

Written By: Scott Finch

my board is waxed and Im ready to go
im gettin anxious and its startin to show
the waves are crashin all around my head
i heard my girl and this is what she said

she said catch a wave and do it for me
she said cuz if you don't that's the last you'll see of me

the oceans rollin and Im tryin to stand
my legs are shakin and I aint got a plan
But I just caught the best wave of my life
Im bearin down and Im ridin the knife

she said catch a wave and do it for me
she said cuz if you don't that's the last you'll see of me

I'll be gone and you'll be on your own
I'll be gone and you'll be surfin alone
I'll be gone and you'll be on your own
I'll be gone and you'll be surfin alone

my girl is hangin over on the sand
she's with a guy and she's holdin his hand
when I ride in the girls are all gettin down
my girls so jealous, she's no longer around.

she said catch a wave and do it for me
she said cuz if you don't that's the last you'll see of me
she said catch a wave and do it for me
she said cuz if you don't that's the last you'll see of me

Buy Me a Robot

Written By: Scott Finch

I want a shiny new robot
the old one ran away
I want a bright new friend
someone who will stay

please oh please buy me a robot
make me feel like I should
please oh please buy me a robot
im not doing so good

buy me a robot
something I cant afford
I need a robot
for when im feelin bored

oh wont you please buy me a robot
make me feel like I should
please oh please I need a robot
im not doing so good, buy me a robot.

I want someone to talk to
someone to share my time
robot, youre the one
to occupy my mind

please oh please buy me a robot
make me feel like I should
please oh please I want a robot
im not doing so good

Discography

Our first album is currently being recorded. We have a demo from 2004. We also have several tracks all over the internet for download and streaming.

Set List

Next Door, But I Like You, Endurance, Spygirl, Let It Go, Brand New Patch, Sleep Still, Indian Summer, Buy Me a Robot, Fresh Girl, In My Mind, Surfin' Song, You, Unattainable. We usually do one set between 45 minutes to an hour. We have a few covers: T-Rex - 20th Century Boy, Weezer - Jonas, Bangles - In Your Room