Members: Shaune, Tim, Badders
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Echo Screen formed in 2003 as a few friends from the same New Jersey town trying to make a dent in a crowded scene. After two years of hard work, touring, and releasing their 2005 EP An American Tale, they signed with an indie label with the hopes of taking that next step towards rock and roll stardom. Instead, shortly after their debut full-length Euphoria was released, the band was left stranded by a label that disbanded in the midst of the Echo Screen's most successful tour, abandoning them at a critical point.
Rather than going further into debt to family members and straining friendships, the guys opted for a hiatus. But during this hiatus, the Goodbye Old Life EP was born in Shaune Scutellaro's (vocals, guitar) songbook. Shaune spent the time in L.A. regrouping, while Mike Badders (drums) and Tim Sager (bass) stayed on the shores of New Jersey. The break, however, gave them the vigor to pursue their new recordings with a renewed outlook, inspired to transform Echo Screen into something original.
The five new songs on Goodbye Old Life, produced by Ace Enders, are a mature offering from a band that previously made their living on sugary pop punk tunes. Lyrically, it is a journey into the chaos and clarity that comes from the forks in life's road; Musically, it is anything but formulaic. Calling on influences from the past like Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, and mixing it with the modern flair of Oasis and Death Cab for Cutie, the band succeeded in creating a new recipe for success.
Echo Screen is no stranger to the stage and is planning a slew of dates in conjunction with the release. Over the years they have shared the stage with acts like All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Hellogoodbye, The Rocket Summer, Steel Train, The Matches, and plenty more, and have a loyal east coast following that is anxiously awaiting their newest release Goodbye Old Life