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Independent Echo Screen Makes A Case To Be Signed

To any of you out there that have tried to make it in the music business, you may find the road to be bumpy, frustrating and full of rejection. The journey for the claim to fame is not for the weak and even if you work toward success at every possible moment, you may never achieve it.Credit is certainly due to Echo Screen because they are really making the big push to get signed, and maybe by a label that will stick around for a while. Hailing from New Jersey, current members Shaune Scutellaro, vocals, Tim Sager, bass and Mike Baddersh drums have put together a band that seems like they are not afraid to try different styles and uses everything from old folksy and classical styles to punk by breaking into the new decade with a funky brand of creativity and originality.In 2005, Echo Screen released an EP called American Tale. A thriving musical career looked promising when they signed to an indie label and recorded Euphoria, but shortly after the release, the label went out of business and it looked like the end of Echo Screen.After a brief hiatus, according to their MySpace bio, the band’s temporary demise resulted in a positive musical direction that “found themselves”, and as a result recharged their artistic abilities.In 2009 “Goodbye Old Life-August 2009” produced by Ace Enders was born. Although a little too lengthy (18 tracks) and some songs that acted more like fillers and did not expose the bands true talents, it does elaborate on the diverse interests and creativity.  That includes the retro art design of the CD reminiscent of the psychedelic 60’s. It also features additional guitars by Anthony Rucci, and vocals by JT Sanford and Adrienne Scutellaro. The first track, “Amsterdam” is a whimsical, quirky song with echoes of Blind Melon, “No Rain” and may find you happily kicking your heels.  “Honey I forgot One Thing (I Can’t Dodge the Bullets, Baby”) shows the exuberance and raw energy this band is capable of. Sculellaro’s vocals and guitar are searing and emotional that and are backed by Badder’s intense and angry drumming and Sager’s booming bass; “This Chance” and the final track …”Then What’s Milwaukee’s Worst Dream” exposes the hyperactive punkesque sound that beckons some slamming and head banging.Echo Screen has performed with such bands as The Rocket Summer, the Matches and the now incredibly talented Boys Like Girls, a local band that once began like Echo Screen and is now headlining and selling out show after sho….and Echo Screen could be right behind them. 

About the Contributor
Bonnie Godas served as the arts editor for The Mass Media the following years: Spring 2009; 2009-2010