Envy on the Coast Play Holiday Show

LI emo post-punks Envy on the Coast are working on a follow-up to their 2007 full-length debut, Lucy Gray, named for Wordsworth’s poem about the loss of innocence into experience.

“In Wordsworth’s poem, the character Lucy Gray becomes a part of nature and is absorbed into this all encompassing beauty,” remarked guitarist Brian Byrne, when I interviewed him in March of ‘08. “But it isn’t so much about death as it is the mysteries surrounding death.” Filled with literary allusions, Lucy Gray also features piano-laden rocker, “Mirrors,” whereupon Hunter sings a letter to Snow White with her “hair as black as night, her skin, a dead, pearly white, and blood red on the bathroom wall.”

Aside from their weighty lyrics, Envy stands out from their pop-punk counterparts by incorporating elements of prog-rock and using effects pedals to their advantage. “I think guitarists like Tom Morello (Audioslave) and the Edge are prime examples of musicians who use pedals to create their sound rather than define it,” said Byrne.

Let’s hope Envy’s three-dimensional lyrics and sound will also pervade 2010’s LowCountry. You can hear a sneak peak from their upcoming CD called “The Devil’s Tongue” on their MySpace page.

EOTC, who grew up listening to LI homies Brand New, Taking Back Sunday and Glassjaw, are headlining a holiday show on December 27th at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury. And LI natives, As Tall as Lions (whose bio says their music combines, “the lush tones of ambient pop, the creativity of 70’s album rock, the subtle passion of the late 1980’s C-86 movement, and today’s ‘not so emo’ writing style”) will be opening. So get ready to rock in the New Year!

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.