THE COMPULSIONS rhythm guitarist ROB CARLYLE, lead guitarist RICHARD FORTUS (Guns N’ Roses), drummer FRANK “THUNDERCHUCKER” FERRER (Guns N’ Roses) and bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls).
The New York City quartet THE COMPULSIONS will bring their unpretentious, down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll to New York and Los Angeles for two shows this week.
The band will perform the first live show TONIGHT, TUESDAY, APRIL 14 at the MERCURY LOUNGE–the day of release of their new album DIRTY FUN. Later this week, on THURSDAY, APRIL 16 the group will perform at the VIPER ROOM in Los Angeles.
With their new album DIRTY FUN, THE COMPULSIONS have delivered one of most exciting new releases of 2015. Refreshingly infectious, DIRTY FUN–out April 14 on Compulsions Records–features the talents of vocalist and rhythm guitarist ROB CARLYLE, lead guitarist RICHARD FORTUS (Guns N’ Roses), drummer FRANK “THUNDERCHUCKER” FERRER (Guns N’ Roses) and bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls ). Listen to the exclusive album sampler for DIRTY FUN (HERE). Fans who pre-order the album will receive “Hellbound Babies” and “Lucky” instantly. The pre-order is available now on iTUNES and AMAZON.
After multiple EPs, and countless shows under their collective belt, the group released their full-length debut Beat The Devil in 2011. “Lucky,” the first single off DIRTY FUN, is layered with rootsy guitar interplay, honky-tonk piano and a soaring horn section, and is a fitting introduction to the album’s ragged glory.
THE COMPULSIONS new album ‘DIRTY FUN’ is garnering solid early reviews.
Check out a sampling of the critical reaction for ‘DIRTY FUN’ here:
“On Dirty Fun, the sophomore album from rock band the Compulsions, the New York City four-piece brings back a bluesy rock sound reminiscent of early-era Aerosmith with hints of New York Dolls punk. The approach here is organic with minimal overdubs in the way the early classic rock records were recorded. ‘House of Rock,’ ‘Lucky’ and ‘Stay Eazy’ showcase this nuts-and-bolts approach in songs that drip with greasy guitar riffs, nasty solos and fiery vocals There is a cover of Little Richard’s classic ‘Long Tall Sally,’ which is given a supercharged makeover that takes the blues rock song and turns it upside down. …The Compulsions are plotting out their own direction with a sound that owes a nod to classic bands from the past but is entirely unique. A great rock band with a smoking hot album.”
–Steve Rosen, ROCK.COM (4/7/2015)
“… ‘Evil Bastards’ sounds massive. It has such a retro sound, but it sounds so big!”
–Tim Louie, THE AQUARIAN (3/26/2015)
“…Dirty Fun is the release that should put the New York City-based band on the national radar. The set opens with the harmonica-enhanced rocker ‘Hellbound Babies,’ a tune that evokes the rougher, less-poppy side of the Romantics while “Lucky” is straight out of the Rolling Stones songbook with its reworking of the ‘Brown Sugar’ guitar riff. Carlyle has a slightly smoky voice that is perfect for shading songs like ‘Evil Bastards’ and ‘House of Rock’ with hints of danger and he also sounds eerie talk-singing about ‘the coolest band in the world’ on the narcotic haze of ‘The Feel.’ The song is a sharp contrast to ‘I Still Got the Hots for You, Baby,’ a barrelhouse rocker that mashes up the Stones with Lynyrd Skynyrd. …Dirty fun indeed.”
–Kevin Wierzbicki, ANTI MUSIC NETWORK, 4 out-of-5 stars (4/9/2015)
“With any luck, Carlyle and The Compulsions’ passion, persistence and patience will pay off, and rock fans worldwide will discover what no less of an authority than Alice Cooper has already heard; something he describes as “that dirty sound that not enough bands seem to have these days.”
–Jim Villnueva, ALL ACCESS (2/6/2015)
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