The Compact

The Compact

 Red Hook, New York, USA
BandRockAlternative

Mixing styles like musical chemists, The Compact effortlessly combine elements of Roots, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Folk that projects a strong sonic signature, bringing audiences to their feet.

Biography

About The Band: This one-of-a- kind ensemble weaves musical tapestries that continue to captivate (listeners) with an instantly recognizable sound all their own. Mixing styles like musical chemists, The Compact effortlessly combine elements of Roots, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Funk and Folk that projects a strong sonic signature, bringing audiences to their feet. Their sound is marked by catchy hooks, irresistible grooves, and adventurous musicianship. 

At The Compacts core is the song-writing team of Steven W. Ross and Erin Hobson churning out infectious grooves and melodies. The band-members resumes read like a veritable whos who from decades of musical hits and major tours. And as they hit the stage, this power becomes obvious. 

1@AX, The New Album: With each album release, The Compact has evolved its approach and sound. The third, 1@AX (One At A Time), an ambitious collection of twelve tracks, and includes three live cuts, is headed for a spring 2014 radio and retail release. The album rocks with killer grooves, catchy hooks and a new quirkiness that hits are made of. 

Fans of the The Compacts shows will notice that 1@AX feels like live. In addition to the ten new original studio tracks, the finished album will contain three live covers recorded at the celebrated Club Helsinki, located in Hudson, NY. The recordings capture the bands unique power and the excitement of the bands improvized jams that fans have asked for. 

Radio Success: Talk Radio, released in spring of 2009s was The Compacts first, and critically acclaimed record. In 2011 the band followed up with Fortune Cookie Philosophy, which contained three tracks that simultaneously reached rotation on hundreds of Roots, Triple-A, College, and Non-Comm radio stations from New Hampshire to Hawaii. Tracks from both albums continue to play on nationally syndicated radio shows, Sirius-XM radio, and in the bands ;local area on WDST, WRWD, WKZE, WVKR, and WRPI. 

Live Performances: The Compact performs regularly at every top music venue in New Yorks Hudson Valley, as well as in and around New York City. Theyve headlined and opened for international acts in many genres, including Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Orleans, Jakob Dylan, David Johansen, Brad Meldhau, Robert Randolph, Rusted Root, Dave Mason, and the list goes on. And at theaters and music halls such as The Bardavon, UPAC, Bearsville Theater, Towne Crier, The Falcon, Helsinki Hudson, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and many more. And festivals such as Mountain Jam, RiverFest NY, Pleasantville NY, aste Of Litchfield CT, Taste Of Amherst MA and more. 


Lyrics

Purple Crayon

Written By: The Compact

Purple Crayon

C F F/E Dm Bb
Who colored the sky with purple crayon
Suddenly this drive doesn't seem so long
Who turned on the stars over the desert
So we could see our way home

C F
Who's painting the world
Am G
Who's painting the world
Who's painting the world
Who's painting the world

F G
As I'm on my way home
C F F/E Dm Bb
I don't want to go home

C F F/E Dm Bb
Today I stopped chasing my dreams
I finally caught one for a change
Now every night I'm so lost
It's like I'm in a new dimension
With no direction
Trying to find my way without a map
Can't look back

C F
Who's painting the world
Am G
Who's painting the world
Who's painting the world
Who's painting the world

F G
As I'm on my way home
Am D/F# Am D/F# Am C9 D
I don't want to go home

C F
Who's painting the world
Am G
Who's painting the world
Who's painting the world
Who's painting the world

F G
As I'm on my way home
C F F/E Dm Bb
I don't want to go home

Brick Wall

Written By: The Compact

Brick Wall

I lean against this brick wall
All I see are lover's names to remember
For those of us who ponder the hope of eternity
Nothing we know of is forever

It means nothing to me
It's a fascinating read while I stand here
It means nothing to me
My imagination calls to wonder

The story behind every line
Who has drifted, who's survived all this life
It's on display, with amateur art
Fancy arrows drawn through hearts
While mine is barely beating

It means nothing to me
It's a fascinating read while I stand here
It means nothing to me
My imagination calls to wonder

If the honeymoon is over now, All that I can think about
Is what I used to have, but a new door has opened up
This wall is worn and scratched by us
The story is so passionate
Now all that's left is what we meant at the time

It means everything to me
It's a fascinating read while I stand here
It means everything to me
I can put myself inside of their moments

Cause I've had mine
I didn't ask for this this time
I didn't ask for this this time

Every Story

Written By: The Compact

Every Story

Every story must begin, Subtracting the lies
They still multiply
Even if we divide them by ten
Its not enough to earn back the trust

I feel like breaking down
All the pieces of this mess
I feel like breaking down all the pieces
Between us

The history we never learn, Is rich and its poor
Its money and war
There's no need to be concerned
Everything's fine, just don't open your eyes

I feel like breaking down
All the pieces of this mess
I feel like breaking down all the pieces
Between us

Everyone's asleep, While all of our past mistakes repeat
Who knows where we'll be in the end
Don't wait until then, Do something now

I feel like breaking down
All the pieces of this mess
I feel like breaking down all the pieces
Between us

Open your eyes, nothing is fine, open your eyes and question everything It's time so open your eyes, question the lies, and take back everything It's time so open your eyes, nothing is fine, question the lies
Unless you think it's right

Discography

LP: 1@AX (One At A Time) TBR 2014

LP: Fortune Cookie Philosophy, February 2011

Current single is playing on radio stations all over the country, "Purple Crayon." "Not A Love Song" is playing on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.

LP: Talk Radio, 2009

Singles were "Brick Wall" and Divide"

Set List

Number of sets and set times vary, depending on the venue. We have played for up to 3-4 hours at festivals, clubs, restaurants and bars.

We are available to perform as an acoustic duo or with a full band, including drums, bass, and keyboards.

Our material is mostly original from our three albums, but we throw in the following covers that we have made our own stylistically:

Karma: Alicia Keys
Buildings And Bridges: Ani DiFranco
You Can Leave Your Hat On: Randy Newman
Perpetual Blues Machine: Keb 'Mo
The Worm: Jimmy McGriff
Take Me To The River: Al Green
Thank You: Sly And The Family Stone
Fat Mama: Herbie Hancock
Volcano: Damien Rice