This Strange Place
On his sophomore release, This Strange Place (2006), New Haven, CT-based singer/songwriter, Mike Lasala (pronounced luh-sal-uh), merges gritty vocals, classic rock influences, and pop sensibilities to create "[an album] that could be huge on classic rock, modern rock or adult contemporary radio," says an industry insider. A seasoned solo acoustic performer in his own right, Lasala enlisted a backing band for the 11 song offering-allowing him to realize his creative vision, while still affording the flexibility of being able to perform the songs live in a variety of configurations (i.e. solo acoustic, duo, trio, or quartet). "While I generally describe my style as acoustic rock, I think the album's style is best described as neo-classic rock," says Lasala-who cites Neil Young, Cat Stevens, John Mellencamp and The Doors among his many influences. The album was recorded, mixed and master by Pete Szymanski at Whitehouse Studios in Shelton, CT. 'Eleven acoustic-based tunes that reside happily on the corner of Rock and Folk streets. Simple and well written with a smoky vocal coating...Lasala also gets to show off his lead guitar chops which ain't nothing to shrug off' - Craig Gilbert, New Haven Advocate, 12/7/06 '...a voice very similar to Scott Weiland or a later-day Springsteen...With deep confessionals, story songs, and just plain catchy words and melodies, This Strange Place, is a cut above his 2003 debut Somewhere to Be.' - Patrick Ferrucci, Register Entertainment Editor, PLAY Magazine, 12/6/06.