An Obsessive Compulsion
For music and especially live music…
In this time of the “download generation”, economic recession, banking chaos and corporate control, music is still fundamental in giving a voice to those who like ourselves would otherwise never be heard!
Obsessive Compulsive is the name of a gothic, punk, metal, grunge ( that seems to have every genre covered ) rock band from the dark side of Manchester. With a healthy D.I.Y philosophy to life and music they are making big noises in small venues. A band that firmly believes in NOT ass-kissing unlike those music industry controlled puppets with little or no individual identity who are forced onto the music buying public.
Having recently been out on tour with the fabulous Acey Slade and the Dark Party as support, we managed to see the band live in Sheffield, York and Grimsby. Powerful driven performances which leave us wanting more. All this with an excellent new self financed album to promote. Dreams of Death and the Death of Dreams. Bring it on!!
Consisting of Kelii ( vocals ) Giz ( guitar ) Pete ( bass ) & Dani ( drums ) Obsessive Compulsive are musically and visually powerful. Flame haired singer Kelii delivers lyrical content with fire and brimstone while being flanked by Giz & Pete. Giz whirls around on stage, hair flailing in an almost shamanic trace delivering flesh cutting guitar riffs while Pete metronomically rocks back and forth playing a deep down dirty bass sound. All the while Dani drives their sound forward with power and ferocity on thunderous drums. Extra sonic interest is given when Kelii adds a second guitar to the mix. The band play with abandonment and self belief with the audiences responding positively. They may be the support band but they can hold their own as a headline act engaging the audience with songs like $$, Autopsy, Man Vs Machine and Dave’s favourite, Exit.
Having talked to both Pete and Kelii at a couple of the gigs they are looking to push the band forward, wishing to play and reach out to more people. The band were pleased to get a distribution deal with HMV but as Pete said it is a fine balance between breaking even or even making money!
Their debut album Dreams of Death and the Death of Dreams being released in May this year on Vociferous Records ( the band’s own rebel record label ) shows why Obsessive Compulsive are real contenders.
The band recorded the self-financed album at the Parlour Studios with the acclaimed producer Russ Russell at the mixing desk. The tracks are dark, bold, venomous, bleak with intensity and self belief. Lyrically the band pull no punches, hitting you squarely on the chin to deliver a knockout blow, typically epitomized by the lyrics from Man Vs Machine. ” I will not be machinery. I may be lost but at least I’m fucking free. I’ll fight your tyranny. You won’t get to me…”
The album consists of an impressive eleven tracks, with heavy powerful tracks sitting alongside more passionate emotional slower songs giving an overall continuous flow but all the while giving you the feeling it could exploded at any moment. A great debut album, well worth buying… Even better LIVE!!
You can check them out here:
The Pogo Crew
Jez Keefe. Dave Alucard. XX1
Courtesy of Jez Keefe