January 28, 2020

Latest Bygones review: Straight Outta Switzerland

Robert Pally from SwissRecords.ch recently reviewed the band's "Bygones" LP, noting "you can tell that The Mike Benign Compulsion has a gift for crafting accessible pop songs that shine thanks to their deep, deeply moving, and deeply ironic lyrics."

Here's Robert's review, translated from the original German by the esteemed Dr. Michael Koch, Visiting Instructor of German at Marquette University (and a damn fine drummer):
Bygones is the fifth and probably last work of the band of Mike Benign (of Umbrella Man, Arms & Legs & Feet, Blue In The Face, and Allen Keller), who is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The quartet offers a special work as its presumable close: Bygones is an album that should be enjoyed with headphones (which I did) and that contains a couple musical Easter eggs (even though it is Christmas time) – so listen up!

Even without headphones, you can tell that The Mike Benign Compulsion has a gift for crafting accessible pop songs that shine thanks to their deep, deeply moving, and deeply ironic lyrics.

The opening track from these admitted fans of Squeeze and Crowded House, “Beauty & Pedigree & Bank,” makes it clear that one can achieve anything provided one has the requisite looks, connections, and bank accounts. Unfortunately, Mike Benign and his fellow musicians noticed this fact too late.  On “Let It Rain Or Let It Be,” which has hints of ELO and The Beatles, the band admits: “Yeah, I’m guilty of these crimes: / the sickest beats, the dopest rhymes. / Man, we live in crazy times / I love them.”  I think there are a few bands that Mike Benign and his compatriots surpass, wouldn’t you agree? On “These Heroes,” a bit folksy and gentle, the band sings of musical heroes, who were not always perfect. 
Near the end, the four gentlemen consider the “End of the World Kind of Feeling.” This can, of course, be understood on many levels. This pop song, enriched with horns, leaves listeners with a tear in one eye and a smile in the other. As a whole, Bygones tends more towards the smile.

November 13, 2019

Just released: video for "Bonafide Americans"

We're pleased and proud to introduce the brand new video for "Bonafide Americans" from the band's Bygones LP.

Shot in May, 2019 by director Daniel Andera, the video features a host of friends and family members who stand united in their defiance of those who seek to divide us.

Rock on, America!


November 9, 2019

WMSE Live In-Studio Performance: Full-Length Video + Interview!

Just posted: a super deluxe, multi-cam video of The Mike Benign Compulsion's live on-air appearance at 91.7 WMSE. We were honored to play in the studio on Love 91.7 Day (9/17/19).

Check out our 9-song set featuring a bunch of numbers from the new "Bygones" LP, plus "My Michelle" and "All The Married People." The video also includes the band's interview with longtime Local/Live hosts Erin and Cal.

Thanks again to Erin, Cal, Billy, Moleskin Productions and the rest at WMSE for having us!

November 6, 2019

Islands Of Brilliance - Annual Colors & Chords Benefit

We're honored to be part of this year's Colors & Chords benefit in support of Islands Of Brilliance: a learning experience developed specifically for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. The event is Friday, November 22nd, at historic Turner Hall in Milwaukee, at 6:30 pm.

Joining The Mike Benign Compulsion on the bill are The Quilz, Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations, and Dramatic Lovers.

Go here for tickets and more info about this year's Colors & Chords event.


September 18, 2019

Live appearance on WMSE radio—listen now!

The band had a blast playing live on Milwaukee's legendary indy radio station, 91.7 WMSE, on that station's Local/Live program.

Hosts Erin and Cal were fun and gracious as always. And nobody twists the knobs like station engineer Billy Cicerelli.

Six songs from the new album + three older songs + conversation with Erin and Cal = a most excellent 60 minutes.

Listen to the broadcast here. Select 9/17/2019 for show date.

--Mike B


September 13, 2019

Olivia Rainmaker: The Video

The brand new video for Olivia Rainmaker is here.


We're humbled by and grateful for the contributions of the amazing crew who made it happen, starting with Robb Fischer and Ira Klusendorf, and continuing with the team listed below. 

Thanks all!

Robb Fischer – Director of Photography
Ira Klusendorf - First Assistant Director
Ryan Reeve - Editor
Nick Eason – Colorist
Andrew Cochran - Set Production Assistant
Griffin Frederick - Set Production Assistant
Tim Moder – A Camera Operator
David Zale – B Camera Operator
Dylan Kurbel – First Assistant A Camera
Cliff Noonan - First Assistant B Camera
Paul Bodi – Gaffer
Spencer Ortega – Key Grip
Ian Lindl – Grip
Ian Pierson – Grip
Todd Pretre – Grip
Mary Pat Fischer – Weapons Master
Ryan Von Drasek - DMX Programming
Vicki Fischer – Stylist
 

September 11, 2019

"Bygones" now available on Bandcamp; iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby coming soon!

The Compulsion's brand new album, Bygones, is now live on our Bandcamp page, ready for your ears and (as if!) wallet.

Milwaukee-area peoples can also buy the album on vinyl LP or CD at Bullseye Records on our fine city's East Side.

Watch for Bygones on iTunes, CDBaby.com and Amazon on the official release date: Tuesday, September 17th.

Speaking of Amazon, we just learned that Bygones is "Explicit." I do recall using the word "shit" in a song or two, but Explicit? Hilarious! Especially in 2019.

--Mike B