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It's been seven long years since the untimely death of Long Island-born band Envy On The Coast. Having caught the heart of the post-hardcore scene early on in their career – touring with the likes of 30 Seconds to Mars, Underoath, Taking Back Sunday and more – the band tapped into a rampant and rapidly growing fan-base who remained loyal throughout the years. With the members calling it quits in July 2010 and scattering to form new musical ventures, fans were left unsure that the band could ever be revived. But hope held strong.
Fast-forward to present day and Envy On The Coast's reincarnation is in full swing with original members Ryan Hunter and Brian Byrne at the helm and steering the band in a new direction with the Equal Vision Records EP Ritual. It serves as the perfect bridge between Envy On The Coast's past and future, showcasing signature elements 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."
Lead track "Manic State Park," co-produced with Mike Sapone (Taking Back Sunday, Brand New) is a a soul-piercing track which takes the listener on a journey from delicate, melodic moments to aggressive, thrashing heights.