The Compact is one of the most visible and highly regarded groups in New York’s Hudson Valley. Their signature sound grows from an intuitive, musical interplay and striking personality contrasts between long-time collaborators Erin Hobson (guitar) and multi-instrumentalist Steven W. Ross, whose main instrument is the bass.
The band is acclaimed for their spirited live shows, marked by bold musicianship and irresistible grooves, bringing audiences to their feet and keeping fans coming back for more. Hobson’s guitar playing is tinged with elements of Jazz, Folk and Rock, with phrasings that reveal a compelling musical personality. Ross’s bass-lines are rich and groovy, adding punch and texture, establishing the setting for each song’s foundation. Drummer Paul Rossman’s finesse and funky grooves provide a big pocket for The Compact’s unique sound.
Together these seemingly unlikely musical partners give each composition a unified and distinct feel, and each show becomes a deep study of sophisticated grooves, funky counterpoints, and adventurous songwriting.
The Compact’s original songs are musical narratives, drawn from multiple chapters of the American songbook. A combination of risk-taking, and free-spirited creativity that fuses pop hooks and earthy rhythms, with vocal friction between Hobson’s smooth croon and Ross’s thorny grit.
The Compact has released two new singles - "Disease" (2015) and "Make A Wish" (2016), alongside their three full length albums, "1@AX (one at a time)" (2014), "Fortune Cookie Philosophy" (2011)," and "Talk Radio" (2009). Tracks from these albums continue to play locally and nationally on terrestrial radio stations, steamed on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Radio, internet radio and Sirius-XM satellite. "It's A Wash" was voted in the Top 100 Songs of 2014 by listeners of Radio Woodstock, WDST 100.1FM.
For music, video and more information about The Compact, visit their website at www.chokingchckenrecords.com. All three albums, and both Singles are available online (download and CD) through iTunes, CDBaby, and on the band’s web site www.the-compact.com.
Official video for “Nuf Said"
Official Video for “It’s A Wash"
CDs by The Compact
|Nuf Said - Single 2017|
Rock (modern), Alternative, and Funk
“Nuf Said" is a rhapsody of gospel-infused patterns with a spicy mélange-like libretto that speaks to this moment in the world clock.
|Make A Wish - Single 2016|
Rock (modern), Americana, and Singer-Songwriter
An upbeat song about a journey for freedom and happiness, and a fading dream.
|Disease - Single 2015|
Rock (modern), Alternative, and Rock (classic)
A "love song," with a twist!
|1@AX (one at a time) 2014|
Rock (modern), Roots Music, and Americana
A departure from the band's previous recordings, "1@AX" is extremely diverse, each track with its own story and feel. Featuring "It's A Wash," and three unique covers.
|Fortune Cookie Philosophy 2012|
Americana, Rock (modern), and Roots Music
The Compact's sophomore release, featuring "Purple Crayon," "Not A Love Song," and "What About Me? (What About You?)," with an all-star line-up of musicians! Urban grooves mixed with Jazz
|Talk Radio 2009|
Americana, Rock (modern), and Alternative
The Compact's debut album, which includes the singles "Brick Wall," "Too Late," and "Divide."
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