SCREENINGS

SCREENINGS

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"Australia's most overqualified underground band" Think a swirling cocktail of 1 part Yo la tengo, 1/2 shot of Early REM, a splash of Wilco & late era Velvets, garnish with The Go Betweens and instead of an olive add some Ed Kuepper (from The Saints)!

Biography

Melbourne based band SCREENINGS return with their latest studio album “The Sunshine Pills Conspiracy Theory“ due to hit stores August 4th, 2007 through SHOCK.

Formed from the ashes of several local Melbourne indie-rock acts, SCREENINGS are perhaps mysteriously known as one of the most overqualified underground band boasting the suspiciously named band members: Esteban and Richmond – the two guitarist/vocalists who like to meld superior melodic rhythms and eloquent guitar lead-isms with unusually ardent vocals, the grinding melodious bass player named Waard with blisters on his blister, the Hammond Organ Player named Wheel-of-Hands, who makes Garth Hudson of The Band look like a wedding band player after way too much cheap red wine, and last but by no means least, the latest addition to the band, playing drums like he is Charlie Watts bastard son, Brisbane’s own Dylan Mike Kim-E.

SCREENINGS bonded musically through their mutual love of the late 70’s New York art rock of bands such as Televsion and Talking Heads as well as the late 60’s output of bands such as the Velvets, the Kinks, the Stones, the Beach Boys and Alan Price’s soundtrack to “O, Lucky Man”.

SCREENINGS play original modern music that transcends genres and critics have compared them to Yo La Tengo Died Pretty, the Go Betweens, Wilco and Spoon to name just a few.

“The Sunshine Pills Conspiracy Theory” is the second album from SCREENINGS and follows their debut album of 2005 “Phobia of Sharks” which obtained notable reviews:

“Exploring the kind of sometimes acoustic, sometimes psychedelic, dark territory once mapped out by the likes of Died Pretty and Dream Syndicate, they create strong atmospheres around sturdy and melodic rock songs.” – BERNARD ZUEL, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“Screenings are a local combo who want to put a little bit of New York loft rock into everyone’s lives... colourful characters who appreciate the benefits of Reed-esque pop cycles,
an Eno-esque brain scan and a Talking Heads like tempo shifter.” – BEAT MAGAZINE

“Phobia of Sharks is dynamic in its moodswings; from the sunny Velvets-style guitars of opening track Logic Ways, to the swirling and eddying melodic pop of Fallen Petals”
- RAVE MAGAZINE

This latest album takes SCREENINGS to the next level, reminding us of their richly textured guitars, evocative Hammond organ and compelling vocals.

The first single “Sunshine Pills”, a thumping modern cautionary tale of breakdown couched in a swinging sunny Kinks-esque style, sums up the SCREENINGS sound in 3.48mins of pure rock-pop pleasure.

Lyrics

SUNSHINE PILLS

Written By: RABER/CASTAN

SUNSHINE DRIPPING DOWN ON MY CHEST
I TRIED SO HARD TO DO MY BEST
BUT SHE WAS JUST LIKE THE REST
NOW THE RAIN DRIPS DOWN UPON MY CHEST

LATE LAST NIGHT AS I LAY IN BED
A SCARY FEELING FLOATIN’ THRU MY HEAD
I SAW HER SHADOW DARK AS LEAD
AND I WOKE UP SCREAMING IN A SWEAT

CHORUS:
ONCE I WAS BRAVE AND I WAS STRONG,
NOW I’M WEAK AND MY WILL IS GONE,
MA AND PA SAY ITS ALRIGHT
YOU JUST TAKE THESE PILLS EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT

BRIDGE

LATER THAT DAY I WAS ON THE PHONE
HOPING THAT SHE WOULD BE ALONE
I HAVE TO REAP WHAT I HAVE SOWN
AS THE WIND OUTSIDE BEGINS TO MOAN

NOW THE SUN DRIPS DOWN UPON MY HEAD
GLISTENING TEARDROPS THAT I HAVE BLED
I SHOULD HAVE DONE JUST WHAT SHE SAID
NOW I HOLD MY HANDS IN MY HEAD

CHORUS X2
BRIDGE - CHORUS X2 - OUT

Discography

Album "Phobia of Sharks" released 2005.
Album "The Sunshine Pills Conspiracy Theory" release date August 4th 2007.

tracks can be heard at http://screenings.com.au/sounds.html
http://www.myspace.com/screeningstheband

Set List

12 songs about 45mins to an hour