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Envy on the Coast


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Long Island, NY (2004 – 2010)

Two discouraged friends sat down and imagined what it would be like to play in band without gimmicks, without egos, and without facades. They wondered what it’d be like to play with people who shared in their desire to meet every kid, at every show, in every state they played. Without even making a conscious attempt to pursue this concept, they were fortunate enough to find three other friends who shared this desire. Within three years, Envy on the Coast was born in 2004. The original lineup consisted of Brian Byrne, Dan Gluszak, Jeremy Velardi, Ryan Hunter, and Sal Bossio.

The band had roots in the influential Long Island, NY scene, having played everywhere from backyards to bar mitzvahs, to opening on huge tours with veteran bands like Taking Back Sunday. Their energetic live performances and the desire to extract all traces of the “rockstar attitude” from their music garnered them a huge fanbase, especially in the Northeast. Over time, the band has been fortunate to have met some people who have jumped aboard to help the band in ways that they couldn’t for themselves. Bryan Russell, who engineered the band’s first EP at his Brooklyn loft, passed the record on to Will Noon, who at the time played drums in Long Island favorite Straylight Run. Noon offered to help the band gain exposure to booking agents and record labels.

As the band grew frustrated and disgusted at being courted by the labels, they were fortunate enough to meet booking agent Matt Galle, who gave their record a listen and offered to help the band.


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