August 15, 2017

Next up: Shank Hall with Canadian indie band Current Swell

If you're in the Milwaukee area on Monday, August 21st, you ought to make your way down to Shank Hall, by 8:00 pm.

The band Current Swell forms a last line of defense against book burners.
Or is it the books that have the band Current Swell's backs?
With delight, The Mike Benign Compulsion will serve as crowd fluffers for the venerable Current Swell from Victoria, British Columbia. Here's a little taste of what they do. The band has six albums under their belt, including the new one "When To Talk and When To Listen." Their Shank Hall appearance is part of a series of U.S. dates before the band heads overseas for a  European tour.

For these reasons and others, The Mike Benign Compulsion has come up with a three-point plan for the night:

1. Rock
2. Talk to the gents from Current Swell to understand how their country managed to elect such an awesome (and dreamy) prime minister.
3. Totally stand on guard for them.

That's it. See you soon!

--Mike B.

July 15, 2017

Broken Hearted Toy: "Consistently Well Crafted and Engaging"

The latest review of the "Kid" album comes from Chicago-based Terry Flamm's Broken Hearted Toy blog. Flamm writes:
"Singer-guitarist Benign’s lyrics on these 11 new songs simultaneously leave the listener laughing and a bit worried, while the music is consistently well crafted and engaging."
Find the full review here

June 13, 2017

Powerpopaholic raves: "a highly recommended LP"

Another sweet review of the "Kid" album, this time courtesy of 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" 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

First press on "Kid" arrives courtesy of 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