A very sixties inspired band from London who have just released their second album called ‘The Boy Who Waved At Trains’.
Here’s what the band had to say when we got a chance to ask a few questions.
Can you tell us a bit about the band?
“The Screens are Colin Wade (vocals) and Neil Watson (everything else) from Essex. One of us is a Vegan who never misses an opportunity to shoehorn it into any sentence, applicable or otherwise, the other thinks he is the answer to Arsenal’s defensive frailties, neither of us have ever knowingly worn brown shoes”
How did you all meet?
“Like most bands we met at school with the sole purpose of attracting girls. That never worked out and by the time we’d figured it out all the girls had moved onto fancying footballers and we’d blown all our money on guitars and had nothing left for shin pads or football boots”
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Bowie, The Who, The Zombies, John Barry, The Stone Roses”
What made you want to be in a band?
“Girls…as we said above. When that went wrong and only lads with six packs and hair fades got girls we decided it might be cool to try and write songs like our heroes”
What has been your best gig?
“We’ve not played live as The Screens yet. We had gigs and festivals lined up for 2020 but everything got cancelled because of you know what…. We were in other bands before and the best gig we ever played was at someones funeral in Liverpool where we were asked to play Alive and Kicking by Simple Minds”
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“The new album ‘The Boy Who Waved At Trains’ was released on 31st March 2020. Its the story of a boy, born post war London, who discovers he is gay and is thrown out by his parents and forced to live life on the streets of London’s seedy west end where he becomes embroiled in male prostitution, drugs and murder. It’s a group of songs that tell the story, its not like a lot of bands who try to write songs to keep the singles market happy. It’s a grown ups album”
Describe your music in 3 words.
“Better Than Christmas”
What makes your band stand out from others?
“We eluded to it in the answer above but we made a conscious effort not to be a band that is desperate to be popular on Spotify: Our intention was not to be hailed as something special by people who think their phone is more important than the music that gets played on it. Spotify is not for music fans, its for people who would rather get the latest Iphone and so there is no parallel between them and us. A lot of bands get caught up in the vanity of releasing music and oblivious to the fact nobody gives a shit if they make music or not. We financed our latest release via kickstarter and invited people to order it before we wrote a single note. Because we pre sold enough copies to generate enough money tho make the album that meant we had an audience. Another point we want to say about why we are different is that we aren’t about photos and videos. We are two good looking people but can’t be arsed having pictures of us and videos….We don’t want people to like us just because we wear nice clothes or have decent haircuts. Listen to the music cos thats what we do: Musicians not Instagram models.
Lastly, why are we different? We do like Mondays, we’ve never given love a bad name and definitely will never write a song about a girl from Ireland we met in a bar”
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“Once COVID does one we plan to play a special one off show in the famous studio 2 at Abbey Road where the Beatles recorded most of their stuff. We’ll record it and the audience will all have a microphone in front of them to sing along so they can say they once recorded at Abbey Road”
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“Cunnilingus is something that nobody has really been recognised as being good at it, apart from Michael Douglas. We think it’s a hugely underrated art form and so if we could be remembered as the band that made cunnilingus eventually something internationally competed for, perhaps in the Olympics, then it would be something we could tell our grandkids when they ask about The Screens”
By Siân Parker