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One of my favorite gosh darn honest REAL rock n roll bands, The Compulsions have been kicking out blues influenced, skinned knuckles fiery albums for awhile now. With an emphasis on songwriting you don’t see enough of anymore hog-tied to a sense of sly humor, the NYC brainchild of Rob Carlyle continues to astound. I HATE when people say rock is dead when we should be blaming the dumb fucks who decided to kill rock radio and push crap instead. Of course people are gonna be more into what they hear every god damn day! How about we remind people of the power of guitar and real dedication?

The Compulsions narrowed thirty songs down to the ten that will be featured on Ferocious. Bumblefoot, Frank Ferrer and other big scene talents like Nicki Richards and Earl Slick have all played a part in recent Compulsions doings, so be sure to check out the finished project when it drops! We will keep you posted.


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The Compulsions release “Dirtbag Blues” gritty rocker

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:59 AM (PST)

Featuring players from David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, New York Dolls and Raging Slab, The Compulsions (arguably the NYC hard rock band with the most attitude) have returned.  Every incarnation of the band has been deadly but they are currently on fire and have a new third album due called Ferocious.

Check the raunchy hedonistic upbeat number out HERE.

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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.”

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The Compulsions launch elaborate new website

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM (PST)
The new and improved Compulsions website has launched today! Check out the link below for music, news, a gallery of Compulsions fans from around the world and more. Turn it up!

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The Compulsions on Nights With Alice Cooper

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM (PST)



The Compulsions (Rob Carlyle, Richard Fortus, Sami Yaffa and Frank Ferrer) will be featured on Nights With Alice Cooper, the syndicated radio show hosted by shock rock pioneer ALICE COOPER, on Thursday, January 30.

Tune in (7pm to midnight in most markets) on radio stations in the United States, Australia and Canada.Click the link below to listen live… and don’t forget to make a request and tell ALICE which COMPULSIONS song you want to hear!



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New York City’s The Compulsions have been thrilling the underground for awhile now, serving up some of the best blues influenced hard rock you can get these days. Few bands can cultivate a sense of cool and dark mystique while striking that balance between modern music and homage to the past so well (Year Long Disaster and Graveyard come to mind, but not many others). After three hellishly great EPs it was high time for a long player.

The Compulsions are soothsayer Rob Carlyle’s baby and also feature alumni from Guns N’ Roses and Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls (namely Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and the legendary Sami Yaffa). Carlyle is a streetwise storyteller who has lead his ragtag (yet posh) troupe to greater heights and depths than ever on their first full-length “Beat The Devil.” The band are all killer/no filler and seep authenticity like karma haunting a speak-easy. You walk into a room The Compulsions have played and you are bound to feel some lingering mojo. This band is better than smoking cigs in bed!

Metal Riot talks to Rob Carlyle (from perhaps the best hard blues rock band in NYC) about the LP, devil music, playing with blues great Hubert Sumlin, Axl and friends, world events and much more.

Click HERE to read the interview.

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