Captain Freak was recorded for one reason only... To rearrange the status quo landscape of the last decade or so of rock and roll. 'I am f***ing bored to f***ing tears by today's bands,' is a Mike E.T. quote. Multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer Michael Trapp (a.k.a. Mike E.T., a.k.a. Captain Freak) has been kicking around the music scene for years. For the last year he holed himself up in his own studio (Sober Sucks Studios) to work on his two musical masterpieces, 'Captain Freak' and 'The Furious Guitar.' Influences as diverse as NIN, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Nirvana, Yes, Beethoven, Beatles and Cheap Trick were brought together to create an original blend of diverse music. Heavy guitar driven power pop tunes sit comfortably next to synth driven drums and bass/electronica and over the top heavy rock numbers. What has been seriously lacking in the music of the 90's and early 2000's is the range and diversity of albums by bands such as the Beatles and Zeppelin. Mike explains, 'I can't and won't write the same song 13 times and have that be a CD. There is an amazing range of emotion on this disc.' Fans of serious guitar chops and excellent melody lines will not be disappointed. In the end - the song is EVERYTHING! Michael Trapp is a 'serious musician.' For whatever absurd reason - this label has had almost evil overtones in the 90's and even into the new millenium. He has attended Mannes College of Music in Manhattan and graduated Berklee College of Music in Boston. For those 4 years he focused exclusively on practicing and writing music. After graduation he played in some heavy progressive chops bands in N.Y.C. and L.A. such as Danse Macabre, DreamSpeak, The Fringe and Dreamer. All broke up due to internal differences just as they were getting press and an audience. Fed up with bands in general he became a hired gun, becoming the 2nd guitarist in Eddie Ojeda's (Twisted Sister) band. He bought his own crappy studio and recorded 'The Furious Guitar' which was featured in a Guitar Player's magazine piece. In the early 90's Mike met his dream vocalist Matt Wells. He joined Matt's band Bad Habit - a pure power pop outfit with heavy arena rock overtones. Then came Nirvana and the band disintegrated after being offered a minor record deal. Matt and Mike then went on to record an album for there own selfish purposes and Bliss (This)' 'Chasing the Mad Rabbit' was born. Unfortunately for Bliss (This), just as positive reviews and feedback were heading the bands way, Michael's wife was stricken with a serious illness and the music had to be put on hold. During that time, he wrote and demoed the entire 'Captain Freak' album. With Mike's wife's illness finally in check he bought a new studio and started recording. But then Matt's wife became pregnant and Mike was pushed into handling all the vocal and instrumental duties. 'F*** it,' sez Trapp, 'I'll take over the f***ing world anyway.'
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