He plays the guitar, bass, keyboard, singing saw and sings. His name is Sean Marus.
After about three years of tireless hard work Marus released his first album last week, titled The Epiphany.
This Greendale High School alumnus released a nine-song album and recorded it all from his bedroom on an eight track.
“I love making music,” Marus said. “It’s my favorite thing in the world. I play five instruments and each one I try to figure how I can get better every day. This was the ultimate goal, to put an album where people can hear it.”
Marus picked up his first instrument, the guitar, in middle school while playing with a group of friends. He hasn’t been able to stop playing music since then.
The Epiphany could be classified as a cross between alternative rock and indie acoustic. The earliest foundation of the album started with the first song Collapse.
When asked why the name The Epiphany Marus said: “The name comes from the very special moment where you finally find who you are and what your purpose is in life. This record is that journey for the main character that exists within the album, and my own personal journey in recording this album.”
Marus says he’s most proud of the song Fever Dream.
“It’s the pinnacle of my lyrical vocal and musical repertoire,” Marus said. "I think I composed it really well.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sound Garden are among the musical inspirations Marus has.
Marus’ Facebook and Twitter feeds are full with praise from people who have heard his album. Here are some of the comments on Facebook:
"Got an awesome new CD! If anybody wants some chill study music. seriously check it out! Sean Marus did a great job on it!"
"I definitely felt some Jeff Mangum in your album. I really enjoyed it. Congrats, dude."
"This has been a long process with plenty of blood, sweat, and tears. I am not only supporting someone who never fails to amaze me with his artistic integrity, but I am here to support a brother, a friend."
The Epiphany can be downloaded for free at Seanmarus.bandcamp.com. Click buy now and enter a price of 0 to download it for free. However, if you’d like to contribute something, feel free.
What’s next for this young songwriter?
Marus plans to release two more tracks in the next few weeks, a Bob Dylan cover and a piano composition. He also plans to start recording his follow-up album next summer.
He plans to enter the “Milwaukee Circuit” to perform this summer when he comes home from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
While Marus realizes that a career in music might not be the most practical idea he does know one thing, “I never hope to quit music. It’s part of my life.”