Heading to the shimmering steel and glass phenomenon that is New York for the reinvigorated rock act Envy on the Coast and their cracking new pumper Manic State Park.
Fast-forward to present day and Envy On The Coast’s reincarnation is in full swing with original members Ryan Hunterand Brian Byrne at the helm and steering the band in a new direction. The rebirth ultimately came to be after the duo performed together for an encore at a show for Ryan’s solo project, 1ST VOWS. The reception from their dedicated fans and the feeling that engulfed them on the stage was the catalyst to exploring what the next phase for Envy On The Coast could, and would be. Though only two of the original five members decided to return, the band officially announced a string of shows for the summer of 2016 in New York City, Long Island, and Boston – with more cities added in response to the overwhelming fan reaction. At the top of 2017 EOTC kept things moving with a short headlining tour which included a performance at So What? Music Festival, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their debut full-length record,Lucy Gray, and alluded to an upcoming release within the year.
Ritual will be the bridge between Envy On The Coast’s past and future, showcasing signature elements that fans appreciate in their music while spotlighting their respective musical evolutions. “This EP is a time capsule. It’s a page that was half finished, is now completed, and enables us to sleep at night knowing we can officially move forward,” explains Hunter. Adding, “It’s both a farewell to some of the feelings and sounds that have been a part of us forever, as well as a tease and introduction to the path ahead.”
Right now, fans can hear the first offering from the record – a soul-piercing track taking the listener on a journey from delicate, melodic moments to aggressive, thrashing heights – entitled “Manic State Park”. When asked about the inspiration behind the track he co-produced with Mike Sapone (Taking Back Sunday, Brand New) Hunter shared, “The song was inspired by my initial realization that all that I love in this world is dying a slow death and that I was a part of the problem. It’s a rude awakening that marks the beginning of me changing my life to reduce my imprint on this earth. It was haunting to dig this song up and realize that its themes are more poignant now than back then. From the demo to the final master, the approach to the guitars changed drastically, we added a lot of analog synths, and we split up the vocals to add some duality and have both of our personalities on the track.”