Anyone who has heard their sweaty roadhouse brawl worthy version of “Long Tall Sally” or a wiry and glitchy adaptation of “Cocaine” knows The Compulsions have always had an uncanny knack for updating classic and hard rock without losing the gritty golden street cred that many other bands in the genre sacrifice for a poppier sheen. There is a bluesy heart beating in Rob Carlyle, a guy it is easy to believe stays up late each night in conversation with the devils down at the crossroads while still being open to flirtations with industrial and glam elements after attending mass at the First Church of Fender.
Now Carlyle and Compulsion bandmate Frank Ferrer (of Guns N Roses fame) have teamed up with Bumblefoot to release three space age informed covers of timeless big rock hits and the results are superb. Some bands record covers and it is totally pointless, but Carlyle and Co. have taken three stand alone singles and given songs you know very well a new shot of adrenaline. “Shock Me” by Kiss is big, ballsy and organic yet semi-robotic. A startling Cure cover of “Fascination Street” becomes a seedy gutter rock fit for Taxi Driver jam dripping with edgy danger not seen in NYC much since the corporations took over. But first up for the public’s ears is a special take on “Revolution” by The Beatles like you’ve never heard it before. The big guitar version will air on Nights With Alice Cooper before becoming exclusively available at iTunes on April 19 (pre-order starts March 21). Fans can then expect The Compulsions to release “Shock Me” by Kiss in August and “Fascination Street” by The Cure in December.
While Sammi Yaffa and Richard Fortus are no longer attached to the project, ex-Raging Slab bassist Alec Morton and Mr. Bumblefoot have helped hold things together admirably as Carlyle works on a follow up to 2015 sophomore album Dirty Fun.
According to Rob, “It takes balls to reinterpret songs that so many people love but The Compulsions never shy away from a challenge. We had a blast putting our own dirty little spin on the originals and we hope everyone has just as much fun listening to the results.”