June 13, 2017

Powerpopaholic raves: "a highly recommended LP"

Another sweet review of the "Kid" album, this time courtesy of Powerpopaholic.com. The headline on this post pretty much says it all. And we have to admit, we like what it says!

See the full review here.

May 24, 2017

Absolute Power Pop Weighs in on "Kid"

AbsolutePowerPop.com has had the perspicacity to review all four albums by the Mike Benign Compulsion. As for "Kid," @AbPow says this:

"Our favorite Milwaukee power poppers are back again....It's another collection of top-notch Squeeze-meets-Elvis Costello pop."

Read the full review here. And props to us for using "perspicacity" in a sentence. (Not pretentious at all.)

May 16, 2017

It's alive!

Today marks the official release of the band's new album, "Kid." Get yours at iTunes, Amazon or Bandcamp. Hard copies of the CD are available via CD Baby.

Direct links to The Compulsion's "Kid" pages on the above sites are in the left column of this page, just under the thumbnail photo of our album cover.

Thanks to everyone who helped get us to the finish line, including:

Mike Benign, pictured at age 35.
  • Shane Hochstetler
  • Danny Shaffer
  • Damian Strigens
  • Betty Blexrud-Strigens
  • Ed Spangenberg
  • Tyler Traband
  • Brian Wooldridge
  • Mark Hines
  • Hatice Besun
  • Michael Fossenkemper
  • Steve Thornton

And, of course, to the boys in the band: the best compadres (musical or otherwise) a guy could imagine. Cheers to Joe Vent, Michael Koch and Paul Biemann!

--Mike B.

May 15, 2017

"Incisive and melodic" says OnMilwaukee.com

First press on "Kid" arrives courtesy of OnMilwaukee.com. They say:

"The music is as incisive and melodic as ever, full of the kind of guitar-fueled pop that you'd expect from fans of Elvis Costello and The Attractions and Squeeze."
See the full article here.

May 14, 2017

April 28, 2017

Weighing in on Donald Trump via the magic of song

Last weekend, the band scooted into Shane Hochstetler's Howl Street Recordings, to lay down our contribution to the forthcoming compilation album, "Unpresidented." The album is a collection of original songs by dozens of artists—the common thread being our disdain for the current president.

The Compulsion's song is called "The League of Professional Celebrities."

Props to DJ Hostettler, Anthony Weber and Shane for making this project happen. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Read more about the project in Piet Levy's feature in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. And watch this space for more info about the album's release date.

April 6, 2017