Over the years we’ve seen punk, rock & even alternative rock bands slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows. Talking to many music fans out there, the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something fresh & fun. Give me band that dishes out good old fashioned Indie Rock with a no holes barred musical delivery.
So across my desk slides the new CD by New Jersey’s own Mike Ian entitled Puzzle Piece headed up by guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Ianieri. What I heard put a smile on my face, finally an artist that gets it. Puzzle Pieces is some of the best new music I’ve heard in quite some time delivering substance, quality & many other aforementioned items I spoke about. You want rock, you want punk, you want music that is packed with a fun filled Indie Rock vibe? Well look no further. This CD covers all the bases delivering solid playing & amazing songwriting & a musical flair that just lets it all hang out. Music reminds me of Gin Blossoms, The White Stripes, Blind Melon, & even The Beetles .My favorite track — “The Great Escape.”.
Puzzle Pieces by Michael Ian is a musical breath of fresh air. It’s a polished yet raw sounding production from start to finish & is just a blast to listen to. It‘s got it all – great playing, solid writing, & a raw Indie college rock feel. It’s definitely a musical production that gives us a fresh glimpse at a hot new artist & takes us back a few years before everything started sounding like — well Nikelback.
By: Drew Blackwell – INDIE MUSIC MEDIA STAFF[Rating: 4/5]