The Compulsions is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Rob Carlyle.
To bring his musical vision to life, Rob has enlisted some the best New York-area players he could find, perhaps most notably Earl Slick from David Bowie's and John Lennon's backing bands, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Guns N’ Roses, Brian Delaney and Sami Yaffa from The New York Dolls and Alec Morton from Raging Slab.
Other notable contributors include drummer Jay Dee Daughtery of the Patti Smith Group; guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and New York Blues Hall Of Fame inductee, Hugh Pool; bassist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and twice Grammy-nominated engineer, Ken Rich; and none other than dearly departed guitarist, Hubert Sumlin, legendary sideman for blues icons Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, as well as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.
Heralded by Classic Rock magazine as “The Coolest Band In The World,” the independent, New York City-based group has been steadily riding a wave of increasing success and visibility.
The Compulsions’ early EPs, Laughter From Below (2004), Demon Love (2008) and Been Through Hell (2009), received tremendous support from college radio, often out-charting artists like Beck, Metallica and Oasis. Airplay on Nights With Alice Cooper and exposure from WRXP FM’s Matt Pinfield (formerly MTV) and Q104.3 FM’s Jonathan Clarke in New York, has also gone far in championing the band’s music. Additionally at TBFM, the UK’s #1 independent rock radio station, several DJs regularly spin Compulsions tracks, including a 30-second theme song penned by Carlyle which also receives regular requests from listeners.
Compulsions recordings have also been heard in clubs and venues around the world, including the notorious Viper Room in Los Angeles, the Cathouse in Milan and the legendary 100 Club in London. Not to mention the band’s wildly successful live shows have been rallying their already rabid fan base to fever pitch, for example, fans have traveled from as far as Sweden to New York to see the group perform.
In 2011, The Compulsions released their first full-length studio album, Beat The Devil. Like the trio of EPs released in the 2000s, Beat The Devil garnered rave reviews from the music press, including one enthusiastic writer who declared that past comparisons to AC/DC, New York Dolls and The Rolling Stones do Carlyle & Co. “an injustice.” A second studio album, Dirty Fun, was released in 2015, again to wildly positive reviews, including “HOLY SHIT - dirty, sexy, funky and fun rock ‘n’ roll is back.” In 2016, Rob and the guys unleashed drastically reworked covers of The Beatles, The Cure and Kiss, once again to great critical acclaim.
After parting ways with a core line up consisting of Ferrer, Fortus and Yaffa, a third Compulsions album titled Ferocious is now in the works, with Carlyle enlisting Delaney, Morton, Pool, Slick and Thal.
All Compulsions recordings are 100% independently financed. Thank you for your continued support!