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I'm Not A Pilot


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Milwaukee indie rock band I’m Not A Pilot takes its name from frontman Mark Glatzel’s musings on the idea of the control - or lack of it - one has over life. Mark often alludes to being a passenger on a plane knowing the destination of his journey, but uncertain of what the route will bring him through. With a cache of intricately melodic songs about uncertainty and lack of control, Mark recruited his brother Matthew Glatzel on bass guitar and drummer Steve Vorass Jr. (both formerly from Stükenberg) to complement his keyboard and vocals, and to help realize his vision through these songs. Peter Thomas, a cellist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, began to sit in on weekly band practices and soon his involvement turned into an invitation to join the band. The line-up complete, I’m Not A Pilot released its first self-titled EP in 2009 on Branch Records. Explosive with the rolls and crashes of Vorass’ drums and lush textures of piano and cello, the EP introduces Mark’s dark lyrical content, warm vocal melodies, and a very unique sound.

After a year of local recognition as “Milwaukee’s guitar-less rock band,” and with a full-length album nearly completed, INAP’s Matthew Glatzel handed the bass strings over to songwriter Adrian Esguerra, who had recently moved from Seattle to Milwaukee. With Adrian contributing new bass parts, INAP finished and independently self-released its first full-length album Need Money for Rocket Fuel in November 2010. Live appearances on local radio stations, television, and summer festivals helped quickly establish the band as local favorites garnering INAP an impressively diverse fan base.


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  • Bliss8117

    As a cellist, I think these guys are brilliant. I was going to have a masterclass with Peter Thomas, which would've been brilliant, but unfortunately it didn't work out. He's a very good cellist.

    31 Oct 2011 Reply

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