Mike Viola put a new album out last week and its a great one. "Electro de Perfecto" represents a slight shift of direction for Viola. It's more stripped down effort, tighter and more focused than his previous release "Lurch". This time, Mike is fronting a new electric trio and he means business. The new tracks are a bit louder yet the the hooks are classic Viola. If you regularly check out this blog and you haven't picked "Electro de Perfecto" up yet, walk don't run to your nearest record store! A strong candidate for Power Pop album of the year.
Mike and the new trio are touring the states this fall and I'm really looking forward to checking out the show.
In honor of the new release, I've put together a compilation of recent bonus tracks. Mike is great about leaking out A-quality tracks onto the fan-o-sphere and after listening to this sequence of tracks, I have to say that Mike's castaway tracks are better than most artists formal releases. Enjoy and PLEASE let me know if you have any rare Viola tracks, I don't have here. I really appreciate it.
1. Find Somebody to Love - Bonus track from "Lurch"
2. Something Electric - Bonus track from "Lurch"
3. Chemical Night - Unreleased track from Mike's MySpace page
4. This is Life, This is Love - Track from "The Right Track" compilation
5. Unbroken - Non-album track released on EMI Music Publishing Site
6. Water By the Bed - Track from "Peace" compilation
7. Burn at Both Ends - Non-album track from SoundCloud
8. Superkid (Acapella) - Unreleased track from Mike's MySpace page
9. Time For Everything to Change - Unreleased track from Mike's Facebook page
10. Bee Vee (Intro) - Unreleased track from Mike's Facebook page
11. Happiest Day - Non-album track released on EMI Music Publishing Site
12. Motel Mood - Bonus track from "Lurch"
13. Smile - Non-album track from SoundCloud