March 26, 2014

Hello Chicagoland! Two acoustic shows with Del Amitri's Justin Currie + full-on electric at Elbo Room

Mr. Currie in happier times.
The Mike Benign Compulsion and its various associated corporate entities, domestic and overseas, are delighted to bring the "Here's How It Works" junket to the greater Chicago area in April and May.

First up, two acoustic shows opening for the inimitable* Justin Currie, purveyor of three sublime solo albums and a slew of top-notch records with Del Amitri. If you haven't heard Mr. Currie's latest, "Lower Reaches," then you deserve whatever you get.

75% of The Mike Benign Compulsion will join Mr. Currie at Schuba's in Chicago on Thursday, April 24th (tickets still available) and at Space in Evanston on Friday, April 25th (sold out). These are two rare opportunities to hear the Compulsion's songs performed quietly, laced with panting and wincing, in a throwback of sorts to the whole "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" era of acoustic guitar-fueled, pent up sexual longing. Show up at either performances, and you'll hear loads of songs from the new album. (Look left and up on this page for online venues at which you can trade money for said album.)

Then, to give the brand new and critically-not-panned "Here's How It Works" LP a full-volume Chicagoland rogering, The Compulsion rocks Elbo Room in sweaty, electric majesty as part of a three-band bill on Friday, May 9th.

Fear not, ye patrons of the over 40 variety: TMBC takes the Elbo Room stage at 8:30 pm. This affords plenty of time for post-Compulsion activities ranging from further rocking and alcohol consumption, to smoking cigarettes aplenty outside the club, to settling up with babysitters post-show to delicious and glorious sleep.


*That means, essentially, awesome beyond all reasonable calculation.**

**Actually, that's not exactly the meaning. But on the scale of Reasonably Awesome to Totally F*cking*** Awesome, Mr. Currie is way toward the latter end of the scale.

***Yeah, as if not typing the "u" in there suddenly makes the use of this word a-ok with the more Puritanical types among us.****

****They're everywhere. Still. And it's 2014. What the heck?