STRIPWIRED is a high-energy, hard rock band, combining driving and infectious riffs with gritty vocals, and irresistible hooks. The band is the brainchild of guitarist Mike Mroz and vocalist Darren Caperna, who met in Los Angeles in 1990, and began writing/performing original music. That project eventually broke up in 1994, and the two went their separate ways. In 2001, Mike tracked down Darren in New York City, and they decided to form Back In Black, an AC/DC tribute band, based out of Dallas, Texas. Back In Black remains one of the top-drawing, and longest-enduring tribute acts in North America. Along the way, the two realized that AC/DC fanatics were desperate for new material. Inspired, the duo began to write again, and in 2007 STRIPWIRED was formed. Heavily influenced by their heroes in AC/DC, the band released 11 blistering tracks on their self-titled CD, which was well-received by fans and critics, as well. Fast-forward to March 2016, and Caperna is auditioned by AC/DC as a possible replacement for Brian Johnson. Unfortunately, he lost out to Axl Rose. Mroz was fortunate enough to join Caperna on the audition, and, after meeting Angus Young, was once again inspired to write original material. Mike and Darren have also been revitalized by the strength of their current band line-up, featuring Ken Schiumo (Drums); Sheldon Conrad (Bass), and Ramiro Noriega (Guitar). STRIPWIRED is currently working on their second release. It is planned for a summer 2018 release on CD, vinyl, and digitally online. They have secured Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Damage Plan, Hellyeah) as producer, and will record at Valve Studios in Dallas.