The critically acclaimed independent outfit THE COMPULSIONS have announced U.S. performances on Tuesday, April 14 in New York City at the Mercury Lounge and in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 16 at The Viper Room. The new album 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), drummerFRANK “THUNDERCHUCKER” FERRER (Guns N’ Roses) and bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls). Listen to the exclusive album sampler forDIRTY 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.
The New York City quartet’s unpretentious, down-and-dirty rock ‘n’ roll on DIRTY FUN is refreshingly infectious. 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. “A lot of our early songs were about being down and out,” says CARLYLE “This time around, I wanted to write something more positive. The Rolling Stones have ‘Happy,’ so I guess‘Lucky’ would be our feel-good song.”
Other highlights on DIRTY FUN include “House Of Rock,” which paints a vivid picture of the seedy musical underworld that inspired the album, while opener “Hellbound Babies,” punctuated by howling harmonica, blazing guitars and a chorus of soul sisters, spawned the album title. “Sonically, that song’s got everything on it but the kitchen sink,” CARLYLE smiles. “The lyrics are about a band that refuses to quit, even though they’re going broke.” THE COMPULSIONS pay homage to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest and most iconic heroes with a cover of Little Richard’s 1956 classic “Long Tall Sally.” But this isn’t your typical bar band version. Carlyle & Co. update “Sally” with a raunchier edge of their own and a whopping kick up the ass that lands the tune squarely in the 21st century. It’s a dirty job, indeed, but someone’s got to do it.
Check out some initial reaction for THE COMPULSIONS:
“The coolest band in the world.”
—CLASSIC ROCK (U.K)
“By far one of the greatest underrated rock bands of our generation.”
“They have that dirty rock sound that not enough bands seem to have these days.”
Catch THE COMPULSIONS at the following shows. Expect more dates to be announced soon.
|New York City, NY||“Nights With Alice Cooper” (Interview and Performance)|
|New York City, NY||The Mercury Lounge (9:45pm set time)|
|Los Angeles, CA||The Viper Room (10:00pm set time)|
Following is the complete tracklisting for DIRTY FUN:
1) “Hellbound Babies”
2) “Silly Little Woman”
3) “Evil Bastards”
5) “House Of Rock”
6) “Long Tall Sally”
7) “The Feel”
8) “I Still Got The Hots For You, Baby”
9) “Stay Eazy”
10) “Buzz Awhile”