SCREENSAVER spent three years in an incubatory state, as the band began as a trans Pacific collaboration between Christopher Stephenson (Spray Paint/Exek) and Krystal Maynard (Bad Vision/ex Polo) in 2016. By 2019 Christopher had long since relocated to Melbourne and the pair recruited Giles Fielke (ex Low Tide) and James Beck (Personal Touch/ex Rat Columns) on bass and drums respectively to form screensaver as it exists now. The band began playing locally in late 2019 and made a short run in the US opening shows for Wiccans and Timmy’s Organism.

Despite the restrictions in Melbourne due to Covid-19, in 2020 the band produced their debut single Strange Anxiety – a synth heavy offering with disparate vocals, pounding toms and a weaving bass line creating a cold tension that resolves into satisfying moments of warmth. This was followed up with another stand-alone single, Living In An Instant, an agitated post-punk track which featured on Blow Blood Records ALTA 2 (A long time alone) compilation.

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