Take Sabbath, Zeppelin, Nirvana, Yes, Beethoven, Beatles, Steve Vai, King Crimson and Cheap Trick, throw them into a blender with some strawberries and tequila and you'll begin to understand the instrumental mayhem and confrontational antics that assault the listener's psyche on Alien Mike E.T.'s CD-R release The Furious Guitar. The original demos for the album were featured in the Mike Varney "Spotlight" column in a 1991 issue of Guitar Player, so you know you can expect guitar heaviness, an in-your-face sound, and dense, fluid guitar solos. The instrumentals are peppered with voiceovers, samples, burps and other sonic naughtiness, enough to warrant his own explicit lyrics sticker - but the focus is on serving up the guitar in as many ways as possible to entertain a world that frankly needs more guitar. Hats off Captain Freak! Alien Mike E.T. was originally profiled in the October-November, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.
Michael Trapp (a.k.a. Mike E.T., a.k.a. Captain Freak) has been kicking around the music scene for years. He started playing guitar at age eight, jamming with guitar bands by age twelve. Michael has attended Mannes College of Music in Manhattan and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. For those four 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 second guitarist in Eddie Ojeda's (Twisted Sister) band. He put together his own studio and recorded The Furious Guitar, which was featured in a Guitar Player magazine piece. Since then, Michael has written and demoed the entire "Captain Freak" album.
With his current recording studio, Trapp has everything he needs to write and record anything and is looking to get his music into film and television projects. He plans to write and record until his last breath.
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