Chicago Indie Music Live Reveiw
Artist: Mike Michalak Band | Chicago Indie Music Live
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“After "Another Day," an album-opener that recalls the splendid "Sister Havana" by Chicago's native sons, Urge Overkill, we get the standout "Times Like This." It starts with some low-in-the-mix guitar sounds, being panned, adding dimension. This is interrupted by choppy guitar chords, but even these give way to singing that ends up being largely supported by a prominent bass line (the bass, excellent throughout the album), with the guitar jumping back in only to accent the melody of a compelling vocal hook, "When you get up on the road / In the middle of a daydream / You can never go home." (And of course, later in the song, we get an admirably restrained solo ending in a speedy run.) "Product" has some nice ascending harmonies of the progressive style, running into a brick wall of rock riffage. And just to show that they can flex that muscle, MMB brings us "If She Comes Around," a ballad carried by the band's considerable talents in song-writing, guitar textures”
SUPER PIG MUSIC REVEIW:
by Bryan Cahpin
So progressive rock has always had a flair for the dramatic. Mike Michalak Band is no different. With darkess and acid rain falling on Super Pig as it flies over the kingdom it surveys ("Super Pig"), there can be no doubt. But there's also no arguing the appeal of the track's Faith No More-style doubling of gorgeously-toned electric guitars. I'd also argue that outside of some fantastic flute playing, any progressive outfit worth its salt will have a guitarist who can manage a lick or two. Suffice it to say, MMB has its own Alex Lifeson. On a song like "Really Want to Know," we get southern rock guitar giving way to snake-y Slash-like riffs, ending in what I would conservatively term a shred clinic. But it's not limited to that song: Nearly every track features sonically arresting guitar work, including song-appropriate solos and textural definition.”
Mike Michalak Band
The MMB has currently recorded their follow up record to “Big Plan”
released in 2009. The new disc is entitled “Super Pig” and is a new direction for the MMB once again. Now a power trio with new members, Mike has shifted direction once again. Recorded at Studio Chicago with engineer and producer Chuck Kawal at the helms, the band will take to the road in 2013 to promote this endeavor.
Super Pig is a 10 track story about a few Super humans who control the world only to have it all crumble around them. The band members are:
Eric Sherpan on drums, Brian Gordon on bass, and Mike Michalak on guitars and vocals. With influences from all the great rock bands to date, Super Pig was born.
“The long awaited MMB recording
"Super Pig " is set to release early 2013.
The band will be distributed by
"Hairy Tongue Records"
Hold on to your hats for somthing special-
The Mike Michalak Band has us an instrumental gem with their new disc, Big Plan. From the first song, I could tell this was an ensemble that was used to making really great arrangements. truly wonderful mixing and absolutely stellar mastering of a disc so musically rich. Jumping in you can tell the members are all well-versed in genre and accomplished musicians – it’s essentially jam band music forced into 4 -5 minute packages of almost pop music, and I really enjoyed listening to the musical ebb and flow –The guitar tone is really impressive throughout – the piano floats through the mixes appropriately and the lead parts are actual leads, and not the 4 note down-strums that have been passing for leads since Coldplay took the airwaves. These guys get 5 out of 5 stars for their musical ability and the production
Highlights include ‘The Wave’, and ‘Sometime’.
The disc is available on itunes, at CDbaby.com, or at www.myspace.com/mikemichalakband.