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 eludes to being a passenger on a plane knowing the destination of his journey, th … show more
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 eludes to being a passenger on a plane knowing the destination of his journey, though uncertain of what the route will bring him through. With a cache of intricately melodic songs about this uncertainty, Mark recruited 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. Peter Thomas, a cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, began to sit in on rehearsals which soon 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 sonic textures of piano and cello, the EP introduces Mark’s dark lyrical content with warm vocal melodies and rich harmonies from Chicago-based jazz singer, Ami Moss (from Ami Moss & the Unfortunate).
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 WMSE 91.7fm, WYMS 88.9fm and WUWM 89.7fm helped quickly establish the band as local favorites with their blend of classical and rock music garnering an impressively diverse fan base of young and old. Perhaps that’s what happens when a band does a mash-up of a Radiohead hit single and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude to Solo Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major” as they do on their cover of “Creep.” Darkness is evident on title track, “Need Money for Rocket Fuel” picking up on “Too Late”, and “A Lot to...
Look at their website. Watch their videos. You'll be hooked. Better yet, check out a live performance. Love their willingness to share their music with local students. Great musicians and wonderful human beings.