The Compulsions / Bio

The Compulsions are Rob Carlyle on lead vocal and rhythm guitar with lead guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank "Thunderchucker" Ferrer, both from the recharged Guns N' Roses, as well as bassist Sami Yaffa from seminal bands Hanoi Rocks and the revamped New York Dolls.

Heralded by Classic Rock magazine as "The Coolest Band In The World," The Compulsions have been riding a wave of increasing success and visibility. The New York band has amassed a mountain of critical acclaim the likes of which most bands would, to quote a Compulsions lyric, "shake hands with the Devil" to receive. Their early recorded work has seen incredible success in the world of college radio, often out charting artists like Beck, Metallica and Oasis. The Compulsions have also had their tracks licensed by MTV for popular programs The City and Parental Control with wildly successful shows at The Blender Theater, John Varvatos (formerly CBGB) and The Mercury Lounge rallying their already rabid fanbase to fevered pitch (for example, fans have traveled to New York from as far as Sweden to see the group perform). Airplay on Nights With Alice Cooper as well as from WRXP FM's Matt Pinfield (formerly MTV) and Q104.3 FM's Jonathan Clarke in New York City has also gone far in championing the band's music. 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.

The Compulsions released their first full length studio album in November, 2011. The fast selling Beat The Devil LP features 10 blues, punk and hard rock influenced originals plus a very special guest appearance by the recently departed Hubert Sumlin, sideman for blues icons Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters as well as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.

Like previous Compulsions output, Beat The Devil has been garnering rave reviews from the music press, including one enthusiastic writer who recently declared that past comparisons to AC/DC, The New York Dolls and The Rolling Stones do Carlyle & Co. "an injustice."

A new Compulsions studio album went into production in May, 2013 and is expected to be released in 2014.

General Info

Band Members
Rob Carlyle (v,g), Richard Fortus (g), Sami Yaffa (b), Frank Ferrer (d)
Artist Name
The Compulsions
Home Page
Active Since
Blues / Punk / Rock

Contact Info

New York, NY

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