November 29, 2016

New Year's Eve: The Party Before The Party!

Testa Rosa, having just finished rocking.
We're delighted to announce that The Compulsion will be playing New Year's Eve at Shank Hall in Milwaukee along with the wonderful Testa Rosa and the alluring Liv Mueller.

The show starts early—8 pm—and will wrap up by about 11 pm.
Liv Mueller, about to sing like nobody's business.
That will leave you plenty of time to head to another party to ring in the new year, or head home and leave the roads to the amateurs.

Rock is good!

July 15, 2016

Get the new single: The Best Years of Our Lives

Per the paisley banner at the top of this page, we're proud to offer our new single, "The Best Years of Our Lives," for your listening and purchasing pleasure.

Get yours now at Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon or CDBaby.


May 24, 2016

The Mike Benign Compulsion at Summerfest with Neil Finn?

Yes, indeed.

We're delighted to announce that we'll be sharing the bill with the venerable Neil Finn at Milwaukee Summerfest, on Saturday, July 9th at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage.

Neil takes the stage at 5 in a special early headlining slot, followed by The Mike Benign Compulsion at 6 (that's us), our pals The Wooldridge Brothers at 8 and Ben Folds at 10.


November 16, 2015

Mike to open for Old 97s' Rhett Miller

And then there's this—

Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has enlisted my services to open solo for Rhett Miller: member of the most excellent band Old 97s and creator of a slew of quite fantastic solo albums. 
The show is on Wednesday, December 9th, and starts at 8 pm sharp. 

It's a safe bet that the evening's headliner will deliver the following: great songs galore, buckets of sweat and that spinning arm thing he does. Any one of these three phenomena would be well worth the price of admission. But you'll get all three—plus 30 minutes of musical fluffing from yours truly—for the cost of your ticket.

See you at Shank on December 9th!

--Mike B.

July 15, 2015

Mike to open for The Alarm's Mike Peters

Hi folks--

I'll have the pleasure of opening solo for Mike Peters, owner of the legendary voice that powered The Alarm. The show is at Milwaukee's Shank Hall on Tuesday, September 22nd. 8 pm start. Cover is $15, which seems eminently fair given Peters' gargantuan voice and spirit. Hope to see you there!

Until then, enjoy the following bio that I very nearly submitted for the calendar on Shank Hall's website.

For many years, Mike Benign has written songs and sung them while jumping around on stage. While he hasnʼt grown an inch since age 17, this does not bring him sadness because heʼs six feet tall and thatʼs a pretty good height.

Earlier, Benign sang and jumped around in Milwaukee bands like Blue In The Face and Arms & Legs & Feet. More recently, Benign has avoided a host of important and inevitable questions by fronting The Mike Benign Compulsion, who have released three full-length albums to generally kind reviews.

Benign has also played solo-like with a bunch of artists who run the gamut from very excellent to really excellent. In no particular order of excellence, these artists have names like Bob Mould and Rhett Miller and Marshall Crenshaw and Black Francis. 

--Mike B.

March 27, 2015

Where we've been, what we've been up to

Yes, 2014 was a bang-up year for the Compulsion, what with the release of our third record, a bunch of great outdoor shows, three new videos and some more of the always-gratifying "Best Albums Of The Year" recognitions. (See this one or this one.)

And yeah, the band has been eerily quiet the last few months. We took a break from playing live to give Brian some space to focus on the next Wooldridge Brothers album. BTW, the tracks we've heard thus far sound great.

I should also note that the Compulsion has been working on a bunch of new material, and chipping away at a new recording that should be out at some point in 2016.

At rehearsal the other night, it dawned on us that making rock in front of people remains a good idea. So watch for a live show or two as summer hits Milwaukee (assuming, of course, that it actually does).

Until then, enjoy this video of that time a few years back when we were joined onstage by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills. That was awesome.

--Mike B.

October 27, 2014

New video: "You Say It's Over"

Introducing the third video from The Mike Benign Compulsion's "Here's How It Works" LP.

For the "You Say It's Over" video, Jersey artiste Thenos Pitword pieced together elements from Ken Hanson's photo shoots for the album cover and sleeve. The result is a veritable tour-de-force of blinking and tooth-showing.

The new video also features Milwaukee icon Joe Pabst in all of his live action and stop motion glory.

On the music track, Daniel McMahon lent a McHand on Hammond organ and backing vocals. And Joe Vent channeled Exile-era Keith on guitar (sans needles, of course).

Enjoy this thing, okay?

--Mike B.