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Envy on the Coast
Ryan Hunter and Brian Byrne of Envy On The Coast
|Origin||Long Island, New York|
|Genres||Post-hardcore, alternative rock, emo, rock, active rock|
|Labels||Photo Finish Records|
Taking Back Sunday
The Hand That Wields It
The members of Envy on the Coast began playing together in 2003, though not under that name. They went through personnel changes before releasing their first music as Envy on the Coast. Initially, Ryan Hunter was asked to replace Brian Byrne after Brian left New York to study at Berklee College of Music. Though when Ryan first met Brian and heard him play, he thought the band was crazy for asking him to leave and he was invited back. In 2005, the band recruited drummer Dan Gluszak, and played their first official show in July 2005.
The band caught the ear of producer Bryan Russell, who recorded a five-song, self-titled EP with Envy on the Coast, which was officially released on September 19, 2006, on Photo Finish Records. Through Brian, the band met Will Noon (of Straylight Run, Breaking Pangea, Fun, Nate Reuss fame), who came to be the band's manager, and guided Envy on the Coast for much of their early career. The band's goal was to build their reputation through touring, so Envy on the Coast turned down all major label offers, and opted for Photo Finish Records, a new label owned by renowned booking agent, Matt Galle.
Envy on the Coast's first full-length, Lucy Gray, was released in August 2007, and was produced by Bryan Russell. The artwork was done by dredg bassist, Drew Roulette. The song title "I'm Breathing...Are You Breathing Too?" is taking from a line of Robert Bolt's play A Man For All Seasons. The song title "...Because All Suffering Is Sweet to Me" is taken from the last words of Saint Therese. The album title itself is from the poem "Lucy Gray" by William Wordsworth. Envy on the Coast released two music videos from the album for the songs "Sugar Skulls" and "Mirrors", both directed by Travis Kopach. "
In the spring of 2007, Envy on the Coast took part in the first Alternative Press Tour, supporting Circa Survive and As Tall as Lions. In the summer of 2007, the band did a month-long stint on the Smartpunk stage on the Vans Warped Tour. Envy on the Coast spent the better part of 2007 and 2008 supporting Lucy Gray with tours in the UK, Australia, and the U.S., with the likes of Underoath, Thursday, and 30 Seconds to Mars. They also appeared at Soundwave Festival, Give It A Name Festival in the UK, and Punkspring Festival in Japan.
The band was featured in Kerrang! Magazine's July 2007 "Your 10 New Favourite Bands" issue. "Lucy Gray" was reviewed in Spin Magazine's September 2007 issue.
In November 2007, Envy on the Coast was forced to cancel their tour with From First To Last, and several college dates after lead singer Ryan Hunter's vocal problems worsened, and he needed time for treatment. However, instead of cancelling their hometown show on Long Island, the band took the stage without Ryan, and had the audience sing their set for them. The band quickly resumed touring once Ryand was healed, with a 5-date holiday tour at the end of December 2007 with Anthony Green.
Envy on the Coast supported Taking Back Sunday's holiday tour in December 2008, and headlined 4 holiday shows of their own in the New York area.
In February 2009, Envy on the Coast announced that they parted ways with their drummer, Dan Gluszak. They spent the following 3 months writing and recording their second full-length record as a 4 piece.The band enlisted Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie) to produce their follow up to Lucy Gray. They recorded the record at Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, being one of the first bands to record a full-length record in the brand new facility. Although Ryan Hunter was now doing double duty, sitting in on drums after asking Dan to leave the band, the goal was to hire someone to play on the record. After countless auditions throughout the pre-production process, Sean Beavan revealed to Ryan that he had "known who was going to play on this record the whole time", alluding to Ryan being the one to do it. Beavan claimed he was just allowing the process to go on simply to give Ryan the confidence to play on the record, as he was apparently daunted by the task.The band returned to NY to record a few more songs for the record, one of which was the bonus track, "Clean of You", which was produced by Mike Sapone. In preparation for the release of their record, the band toured throughout 2009, doing scattered dates as well as multiple tours with Taking Back Sunday. The band received help on the drums from an array of players like Joe Zizzo (Sky Ferreria, Bob Moses, The Sleeping) and Matt Fazzi (Taking Back Sunday, Happy Body Slow Brain) before eventually finding a permanent fixture in Doug Rogells, via a YouTube audition. In March 2010, the band's new LP, Lowcountry, was posted on the band's Myspace profile in its entirety, excluding the four bonus songs which are included in the digital pre-order. Justin Beck (Glassjaw) designed the cover art for Lowcountry. In March 2010, they toured alongside The Fall of Troy and Twin Atlantic on what would become the only tour they did to promote Lowcountry across North America. Released in January 2009, a photography book, Southern Comfort, authored and published by Emily Driskill, a Gold Record winning photographer, illustrated tour life with Envy on the Coast.
On July 12, 2010, the band announced via their Facebook page that they would no longer be playing together and continuing Envy on the Coast in its current form. Bossio and Velardi stated that they were no longer happy being a part of the band and left for other pursuits. Hunter and Byrne decided to move on to other endeavors rather than find musicians to replace Bossio and Velardi.
Envy on the Coast played three farewell shows on August 25, 2010 in Boston, MA at The Middle East, August 27, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA at The First Unitarian Church, and August 29, 2010 in New York, NY at Irving Plaza.
On April 4, 2011 Brian Byrne and Ryan Hunter released "Basement Tapes #1", their first EP with their new project, North Korea, which featured Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan) on drums and Michael Sadis (The Rivalry) on bass. They followed up with "Basement Tapes #2" on February 21, 2012. Both EPs were offered as free downloads. On August 10, 2012 Ryan Hunter released a 5-song EP entitled "Rough Drafts" under the name Quiett Dog, his first solo endeavor. He supported the release by playing shows in NY supporting Bad Rabbits. In 2013, North Korea (now going by the name NK), released their first full length, "Nothing to be Gained Here" via Triple Crown Records on May 21, 2013. The album was produced by Mike Sapone and Ryan Hunter, and did not feature Brian Byrne, who left the band to work on new endeavors. Sal Bossio and Dan Gluszak went on to form Heavy English, and released their first single "21 Flights" on July 30, 2013. The song had much success on Sirius radio and the band performed shows in NY supporting their new project. In December 2015, after moving to California, Ryan Hunter released a new project, 1ST VOWS. The Red EP was released on April 7, 2015, which was followed by The Green EP on December 11, 2015. The EPs have received more than 2 million plays on Spotify and Soundcloud. The 1ST VOWS live band has featured numerous players including Nate Mercerau on guitar (Sheila E., Wove, A Million Billion Dying Suns), Javier Torres on drums (Gavin Castleton, Happy Body Slow Brain), Gray Robertson on bass (Gavin Castleton), Darien Dorsey on keys (Rapheal Sadiiq), Isaac Bolivar on guitar (Seal, Banks) and Brian Byrne, who also collaborated with Hunter on multiple 1ST VOWS songs.
On July 28, 2016 Brian Byrne released his new project, "The Hand that Wields iIt", with a 4-song self-titled EP which he produced. One of the songs, "Inertia", features a guest vocal from Hunter.
On April 4, 2016, Ryan and Brian performed "Gift of Paralysis" and "Like I Do" as an encore at a 1ST VOWS show at Webster Hall, marking the first time they performed EOTC songs in over six years.
On May 17, 2016, Envy on the Coast officially announced reincarnation shows via Facebook. The shows would be held in New York City on August 16, Long Island, New York on August 18, and Boston, MA on August 20th. In response to the overwhelming reaction to the announcement, the band added more dates in Chicago, Philaldephia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit.
Following the announcement, a statement from Salvatore Bossio was posted on Sal's personal Facebook page, which revealed that he and Jeremy Velardi would not be a part of the shows, nor would original drummer, Dan Gluszak. The post claimed that there was a discussion to reunite with all original members, but "reuniting to do shows was collectively discussed at length, though we were unable to reach a unanimous decision about how exactly we would move forward, if at all." In a later statement posted on Bossio's Facebook page, he revealed that disagreements over what songs would be performed may have led to the reunion talks dissipating, stating "there is a small batch of songs on Lowcountry that directly allude to the period of time when internal band relations were at their absolute, indisputable worst. The three of us requested that those songs be omitted from the set, with the entire remainder of the catalog still available to work with."
Hunter and Byrne responded to Bossio's statement via an interview with Alternative Press, verifying that it was conversations over songs that the other members wanted to omit, as well as other disagreements over the capacity in which they were to reunite that ultimately left Byrne and Hunter with the decision to move forward without them.
For the shows, the band enlisted Doug Rogells who played drums on the brief Lowcountry tour cycle and farewell shows, Gray Robertson (1ST VOWS), and Dan Ellis (Kid Napkin).
In the same Alternative Press interview, Brian and Ryan alluded to new EOTC material, stating: "We were sitting on this batch of songs that didn't really belong with [follow-up project] NK, they didn't belong in Brian's project or in my solo project, so they just sat. And upon revisiting them, we realized that they were Envy On The Coast songs. The way of thinking; how we wrote, with my sitting behind the drums and then Brian coming in; us collaborating lyrically. These are Envy On The Coast songs."
On January 20, 2017, Envy On the Coast announced their first headlining tour of 2017, including a performance at So What? Music Festival, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Lucy Gray and alluded to an upcoming release within the year.
|Envy on the Coast||EP||Photo Finish||2006|
|Lucy Gray||LP||Photo Finish||2007|