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Totally Michael

At 20 years old, Michael Dunlap, who had amassed some fairly significant musical experience playing in a “crappy punk band” in high school, was living at home with his mom in Cabot, Arkansas, just a little perplexed about what to do with his life. Driven by boredom, armed with a guitar and a swift talent for using home recording software, Michael transformed himself into Totally Michael, a buoyant musician with a penchant for pop hooks and an adoration for Blink-182. After figuring out that the Internet was a pretty good place to pass around your music, Michael landed his first gig pla ...read more

At 20 years old, Michael Dunlap, who had amassed some fairly significant musical experience playing in a “crappy punk band” in high school, was living at home with his mom in Cabot, Arkansas, just a little perplexed about what to do with his life. Driven by boredom, armed with a guitar and a swift talent for using home recording software, Michael transformed himself into Totally Michael, a buoyant musician with a penchant for pop hooks and an adoration for Blink-182. After figuring out that the Internet was a pretty good place to pass around your music, Michael landed his first gig playing his own going away party in early 2005 just before he moved to Bloomington, Indiana. He got dressed up as a “sexy” bee (fishnets!), prepared some audience participation games, greatly inspired by the stage antics of the band Soophie Nun Squad, and played four or five songs. It seemed to take and over the next few years Michael penned a hefty dose of uplifting feel-good hits, played some shows in basements and local bars, went on his first tour in his car (where he got to see both a blimp and the ocean for the first time!), transitioned from the bee suit to a pumpkin suit to a pair of short shorts and a tee-shirt that read “I’m Tight Like Spandex,” and spread joy wherever he went with his participatory shows. Michael started out by selling a five-song demo burned on a CD-R (that was “just the worst recording ever”) on tour, followed by a six-song EP, but it wasn’t until fate brought him together with Franki Chan at IHeartComix that the future brightened with the promise of a Totally Michael full-length. The self-titled album was recorded in January of 2008 in Bloomington, and released that October. « hide

Similar Bands: Math The Band, Atom and His Package, Blink-182, Chumbawamba, Liam Lynch

Totally Michael
2008

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