Band Bio: The
By Stacee Sledge
layering deep arrangements and watertight harmonies, the Pieces
mesh muscled musicianship with off-the-cuff creativity.
nothing derivative about this Bloomington band — they’re original to the core — but you might pick up
ghosts of classic sounds past as you listen to their catalogue.
And to see them play live is to peel back another enthralling
layer of this multi-dimensional group.
are Vess Ruhtenberg (United States Three, Mysteries of Life,
Antenna) Heidi Gluck (Some Girls with Juliana Hatfield), and Devon
Ashley (Fuzz, Over the Rhine), a taut trio that effortlessly
combines the minimal drive of Neu, the French swing of Serge
Gainsbourg, and the singing guitar rock of Brian May — all
blended over the top of some of the best R&B/gospel drumming
since Al Jackson.
Formed in 2002,
the Pieces have released a series of six limited-edition CD EP’s
and one critically lauded LP. The self-titled full-length debut
charted at number 41 on CMJ’s Top 200, and number 13 on
specialty radio. They have toured Europe
and the United States with Evan Dando, Juliana Hatfield, and Urge Overkill.