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The Compulsions / Press

“The Compulsions have that dirty rock sound that not enough bands seem to have these days.”

Alice Cooper - Nights With Alice Cooper

“Rob Carlyle and the rest of the Compulsions don't just play their blues and booze blend of rock 'n' roll, they come right out and smack you straight across the face with it. Everything from the Rolling Stones to Johnny Thunders with a little Guns N' Roses exists in the Compulsions' songs of discontent.”

The New York Press

“With an incredible lineup boasting Rob Carlyle on vocals and guitar, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer from Guns N' Roses fame and bassist Sami Yaffa from Hanoi Rocks and the New York Dolls, I guess it's sort of inevitable that the Compulsions released a record this good.”

Bruce Moore - Pure Grain Audio

“Ever since their initial breakup, the mainstream have been scrambling for a rock 'n' roll savior to fill the shoes of Guns N' Roses. Mercifully, at long last, an answer has arrived in the form of the Compulsions. If a large label gets ahold of the Compulsions and doesn't polish them any more than they already are, this stuff will rule the world.”

Dan Rowe - Uncle Dan's House Of Smut

“The Compulsions play dirty, sleazy, twin-guitar, blues-based rock 'n' roll. They came to rock, they have the pedigree: this is no bullshit. And that authenticity shines through on Beat The Devil... the best rock band New York has had since Johnny Thunders... [and] the one true hope NYC has of reclaiming its rock 'n' roll glory.”

“I could find countless ways to compare these guys to any great band they resemble like the Stones or GN’R, the Heartbreakers or the Dolls... [but] the most outstanding element of this band regardless is that they capture the aura of New York City. We need a city flag made with these guys on it.”

Walk The Plank Magazine

“By far one of the greatest underrated rock bands of our generation. ”

Dawn Marie Fichera - AntiMUSIC

“The Compulsions should be one o' the biggest bands in the world a year from now. If I'm right, well, good for them. If I'm wrong, you'll just be in-the-know about the world's greatest obscure rock band.”

Sleazegrinder Magazine

“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.”

Morgan Evans - Metal Riot

“Deftly balancing bits of the Heartbreakers, Guns N’ Roses and the Rolling Stones... boozy rock riffs and sneering attitude... smart song craft and sly wit... hip swinging groovers... blunt rockers... cranky country blues... a high level of craftsmanship and a back alley sensibility sorely lacking in most modern rock & roll.”

“The Compulsions' Demon Love EP is a bucketful of slithery NYC sleaze with trumpets and harmonicas and all that slick willy uptown stuff, plus a sinister, semi-industrial cover of JJ Cale's "Cocaine" and a song about how awesome it is having sex with fat girls. I always sorta knew it anyway, but now it's official: The Compulsions are the coolest band in the world.”

Ken McIntyre - Classic Rock Magazine

“If the Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones had come from New York City, they might have sounded something like the Compulsions. While there's more hard rock in their music than anything else, they approach the stuff with a strut and swagger that recalls the New York Dolls, and their attitude comes straight out of punk rock, even if their music doesn't.”

Mark Deming - Official iTunes Staff Review

“The Compulsions have been compared to the New York Dolls, the Rolling Stones and even AC/DC, but I think this does them an injustice, giving you a false impression of the randomness which awaits.”

“These guys bring together the sneer of old-school punk and the muscular attack of vintage hard rock with the "so what's it to you?" attitude that floats in the Big Apple's dirty breeze. Like a cross between the Dictators and early AC/DC. Plenty of great stuff here... blues-infused snarl... murky atmospherics... folk-rock as played by Johnny Thunders and David Johansen... slick R&B moves...”

Official iTunes Staff Review

“Calling the smoke filled, puke stained underworld of NYC home, the Compulsions evoke the gone but not forgotten spirit of down and dirty sounding rock 'n' roll ala the Stones' classic Sticky Fingers. This is one of the best discs I've heard in a long time. The Compulsions are the new gold standard of what real rock should be - so much so that this release should only be available on vinyl.”

East Coast Romper
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