Screens is a band from West Seattle featuring veterans of the Seattle, Bay Area and L.A. music scenes. Screens plays Crystal Skully music; synth heavy, bass driven, trip-pop anthems. Like a John Hughes movie on acid. Like The Journey of Natty Gann. On acid. Integrating visual elements into every live performance, Screens ushers the audience into their pixelated outer space fantasy game. Mapping a musical odyssey in the days of the pre-singularity for your listening pleasure.
Screens is :
Carlos Tulloss (guitar, bass), Allison Tulloss (vocals, synth, flute) and Doug Port (drums, vocals)
The Hooded Pink Falcon (released Oct. 10, 2014)
For their new EP, Screens worked with musician/producers Thaddeus Turner (Maktub, Shabazz Palaces, Blue Scholars, Digable Planets, Thaddilac) and Frank Mazzeo (Push/Pull, London Bridge). Together they designed a modern psychedelic viewfinder called The Hooded Pink Falcon. The six songs soar over a hidden Seattle landscape, peering into visions of paranoia, aggression, humor, love and glory. An unforgettable first flight from a band who is just getting started.
Screens has been likened to a diverse group of bands such as Little Dragon, King Crimson, Mum, Ween, AM and Shawn Lee, Bjork and more.
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41 Seattle Bands We’re Watching in 2015 - NadaMucho.com
"… Because these guys make lovely, space-age bachelor pad music with a drummer who can sing like Prince. And because their Mulholland Drive parody is the greatest DIY show preview I’ve ever seen. Also, some of us have been listening to their song “Machine” up to 25 times a day. So there’s that."
Screens' Live Video for "Night Controller" – The Stranger Line Out
Local shape-shifting indie pop band Screens has just released a new live video for their new song "Night Controller." Shot at Adam's Manor, a "haunted mansion," according to bassist Carlos Tullos, the group is seen jamming on a compelling new-wavy groove in Halloween costumes for a room full of willing partiers. The vibe is perfect, and if you're like me, you'll be wishing you were there right now instead of slumped over your dinner table/desk gargling the last bit of coffee from yesterday's pot of joe.
The song itself—which follows the graduate-level Ween styling of "Dexify," the radio-ready rock-crafting of "Netherlandia", and several other single releases—is their finest to date; a nostalgia-dipped, fuzzy eighties-prom-movie-soundtrack rolled into an addictive eight-minute venture that's over before you know it. If a few of the operators look familiar, it's because Tulloss is also the bassist in (and percussionist Doug Port, and guitarist Colin Higgins also occasionally sit in with) space-sipping improv visionaries Afrocop. The video was also shot by camera-man Dave Delmar, who's done some work for the 'Cop. The line-up is rounded out by vocalist/keyboardist Allison Tullos, who's commanding presence, wispy synth work, and knack for impressionist lyricism play a perfect centerpiece.
Spoiler: you will not regret watching this video.
13 of the Best New Songs to Come Out of Seattle This Month – Seattle Weekly
"Screens, "Maia" (out now, self-released, oceantone.com/screens): The second single released by this new, tough-to-categorize West Seattle band eases into a trippy bossa-nova suit but doesn't get carried away in the euphoric possibilities. Instead, it retains a shadowy element (due mainly to Allison Tulloss' deadpan semi-whisper) to preserve an interesting contrast. TH"
Listen: 56 New Songs From 55 Seattle Bands. It's August 2012, and the City Sounds Like ... – Seattle Weekly
Screens, "Netherlandia" (out now, self-released, oceantone.com/screens): Intelligently written and layered to perfection, this relaxed future-pop number is melodically pleasing yet delightfully experimental. TH (Wed., Aug. 8, Nectar)
If You're Going to the Crocodile to See Velella Velella, Get There Early to See New Seattle Acid-Pop Quartet Screens – - Todd Ham, Seattle Weekly's Reverb (Jun 29, 2012)
"..but perhaps the most intriguing name on the bill is the new jazz-influenced, mood-pop quartet Screens. The West Seattle group has a pair of songs available to stream on their Ocean Tone page which move from trippy electronic-tinged soft rock ("Netherlandia") to the shady side of bossanova ("Maia"); effectively conjuring both The XX and Astrud Gilberto. I was drawn to Screens initially because the group features dynamic Afrocop bassist Carlos Tulloss on guitar and bass, and when I checked them out, I found that the instrumentation as a whole was on that same elevated plane, and the songwriting was imaginative and sophisticated while retaining a distinct pop aesthetic. Listen to "Netherlandia" and "Maia" here, then hit the Croc tonight to see what other delicious ideas they've been brewing."
- Todd Ham, Seattle Weekly's Reverb (Jun 29, 2012)
“The Song itself is their finest to date; a nostalgia-dipped, fuzzy eighties-prom-movie-soundtrack rolled into an addictive eight-minute venture that's over before you know it.” - The Stranger On the video release for Night Controller
“Intelligently written and layered to perfection, this relaxed future-pop number is melodically pleasing yet delightfully experimental.” - Seattle Weekly on release of single “Netherlandia”
The Hooded Pink Falcon:
"Like Russell Wilson, Screens are a dual threat. On The Hooded Pink Falcon EP, the West Seattle band shows it can play both easy-listening electro-pop and experimental space-funk at the same damn time. They accomplish this feat by sending pillowy digital effects to orbit around their soft vocal melodies, hitting the bass thrusters, and gliding to Groove Central Station. Individually, the musicians are excellent role players: effective in their restraint, yet slyly
technical—all the while, singer Allison Tulloss sneaks in near-epic-length poetry (opener "Netherlandia" clocks in at almost 500 words on the lyric sheet), sometimes sung in her wispy, low-key soprano, sometimes rolled out in cleverly devised robot raps. Wacky-great lyrics like "Replace your favorite picture from childhood/With pseudo-genetic/Grown-up synthesis"
("Machine") and supplementary background effects coat their more terrestrial rock numbers in space dust, pushing them well past ordinary.
It's their freakiest numbers that shimmer the most, though. "Dexify"—which involves drummer Doug Port taking the mic to say "Paris, France, in your pants," among other things, in a delightfully creepy falsetto—soars to trippy heights. Also lobbying for top jam is "Night Controller," which could anchor the soundtrack of a Dazed and Confusedredux if the film ended with Mitch Kramer dropping acid at junior prom."
The Stranger -TODD HAMM
"Screens is a group that cares enough to craft a sound that is unique, caters to no specific audience yet has enough character to draw in listeners from all over the map. There are identifiable elements from the synth heavy 80s, programmed beat 90s, psychedelic 60s, and stadium rock 70s. Screens doesn't try too hard to be anything but themselves. The songs don't take themselves too seriously either. Snakes on A Plane, Ancient Aliens, and Dexify (whatever the hell that means) seem somewhat absurd until you realize there are nuggets of truth that are being dropped in there amidst the ridiculousness.
The music stays challenging throughout without falling into the common trappings of technology over form. This is a band that is constantly developing and I'm excited to see what Screens has to offer us in the future."
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