Words and Photos by Dani Sacco
There is a certain cult-like following that exists around bands from this home of mine. Long Island has been producing bands that define their scene like Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Glassjaw & The Movielife for years. Envy on The Coast has been no exception to that rule.
Holiday shows are a bit of a tradition for Envy On The Coast, and the hometown date of this year’s holiday show did not disappoint. After a six-year hiatus ending with their return in 2016, seeing EOTC end their first calendar year back with a packed out show on Long Island was truly something magical.
Envy On The Coast since their reincarnation is Ryan Hunter and Brian Byrne, with some talented friends joining them live for their shows. This time around they were joined by Billy Rymer (NK, The Dillinger Escape Plan), Gray Robertson & Matt Fazzi (Rare Futures, Taking Back Sunday) to round out their lineup.
Earlier this year EOTC released Ritual via Equal Vision Records, their first release since 2010’s Lowcountry. The EP feels very much like the evolution of Envy On The Coast and as a long time fan of the band this release didn’t disappoint or leave me crying for “the old stuff”, it felt very naturally like the next EOTC record. The band created a set list for this show that seamlessly blended the old & new. Opening the night with “Inhaler” from Ritual and flowing right into “Head First in The River,” it was clear from the start that this set was going to cover all the bases. Take the absolutely flawless set list and add the beautiful lighting design and the atmosphere in Mulcahy’s was enough to transport you to another world for an hour and a half. The highlight of the night for myself was a full band rendition of their traditionally stripped down tearjerker “Lapse.” Looking around the room I could see that no one was prepared to hear this song that way and it was intense yet beautiful. I have had the privilege of seeing this band 3 times since the comeback and to say that Envy On The Coast is a live band is an understatement. The emotions and energy are palpable and they truly do leave it all on stage. Ending the night with their hit “The Gift of Paralysis” had the crowd going wild and gave everyone what they needed; some good old fashioned screaming until you have no voice.