VIDEO NEWS: Compulsions deliver ‘Dirtbag Blues’ on first single from new album Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 December 2017 09:58

Compulsions – the ad hoc New York punk ‘n’ roll supergroup founded by Rob Carlyle – have today released ‘Dirtbag Blues’, the first single to be taken from forthcoming third album, ‘Ferocious’.


Speaking about the song, Carlyle told Über Rock:


“[‘Dirtbag Blues’] is less than a minute long but it’s got enough sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to fill an entire album. I challenged myself to write a song that ‘tells a story’ in 60 seconds or less. It wasn’t easy but it was a good songwriting exercise and it was a blast to record. We basically tried to combine Motörhead with Chuck Berry and maybe a little Sunset Strip-style sleaze.”


The video – which has been rated NSFW (Not Suitable For Work) is an homage to the video for ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ by Bob Dylan and features Carlyle with pals Jonny Dambrosio and Jaster Leon from New York band The Nasty Things. Dambrosio and Leon also portrayed beloved NEW YORK DOLLS guitarists, Johnny Thunders and Sylvain Sylvain respectively, in the short-lived, Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese-produced HBO series, ‘Vinyl’.




“The video is just a little something to give fans while we finish up the new album. Like the recording, we had a lot of fun filming this. We did three or four takes in about 20 minutes. Then we went to lunch for a couple of hours,” says Carlyle.


Carlyle recently parted ways with drummer Frank Ferrer (although he contributes to two tracks on the new album), guitarist Richard Fortus and bassist Sami Yaffa.  However, the notorious, New York-born front man has formed yet another high-powered recording unit, featuring guitarists Earl Slick, best known as sideman to David Bowie, and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, former Raging Slab bassist, Alec Morton and ex-New York Dolls drummer, Brian Delaney.


No release date for ‘Ferocious’ has been set yet, but check for regular updates.