Envy on the Coast: What Are You Listening To?

Envy on the Coast: What Are You Listening To?

After seven years, post-hardcore band Envy on the Coast have emerged from retirement with a new EP titled Ritual, out now. To celebrate, the two remaining members (Ryan Hunter and Brian Byrne) put together the below playlist for your listening pleasure.

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Mitski, “Your Best American Girl”
I’ve recently been gravitating toward lyrics that just get to the point without any real metaphorical stuff to sift through. I feel like that stuff is even harder to write because it’s not about sounding or seeming poetic. It’s about the whether the experience is poetic. That’s why I love this song. The lyrics in the chorus are so straightforward, but so raw and beautiful. Plus, they decided to distort her vocals, which is just such a middle finger move to pull. It makes you listen even closer. I love it. - Ryan Hunter

Chris Stapleton, “Either Way”
Like most guys who don’t really listen to much country, I found Stapleton via his rendition of ‘Tennessee Whiskey.’ While I do love his records, my favorite songs he’s done to date are the very few where it’s just him and an acoustic. He plays with dynamics both vocally and with his playing in a way that just reels me in. When that chorus hits, if you don’t get chills, you are dead inside. – Hunter

Little Dragon, “Twice”
I saw Little Dragon a few weeks ago at Pappy & Harriet’s, a small outdoor venue in Joshua Tree. I know they’re more well-known for their uptempo material, but I love the few ballads they have. They played an unbelievable set with no tracks. Their sound guy was putting in some serious work doing all the vocal processing from the board. They encored with a few songs from the new record (which is great) and then closed with this one, which is one of my favorites. The piano is so repetitive, but Yukimi’s voice is so captivating that you never once lose interest. I’ll never forget the sensation of the desert all around me while watching them play this song. – Hunter

Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
Hendrix never gets played out. Ever. Zeppelin, AC/DC, even The Beatles…we’ve all heard their hits ad nauseam on rock radio over the years. They’re great songs, but ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘Come Together’ do not have the same effect they did on me when I first hard them. Sorry, you can stone me if you think that’s sacrilegious. That being said, anytime I hear a Hendrix song used in a film or even on the radio, it’s still magic to me. Even the obvious hits. Hendrix is immortal. Also, Bonham is a legend and I know that every drummer has him at the top of their list of influences, but Mitch Mitchell is my earliest obsession behind the kit. – Hunter

Quasi Bonsai, “Garden of the Gods”
This project is the brainchild of Nate Mercereau and Steve Wyreman. All the records these guys put out are a journey. I had the pleasure of hanging with them one night while they were working on some of this stuff over at Ocean Way Studio in Hollywood. They’re just both such amazing players, and when you place guys like that in a room with all these incredibly rare and beautiful vintage toys, really magical things happen. I feel like not a lot of people are making records that way anymore. They’re just so frustratingly tasteful with what notes they play and what sounds they use. Goddamn. – Hunter

Vince Staples, “BagBak”
When Vince dropped this I was so fucking amped on it right off the jump. He’s got such an unbelievable matter-of-factness about him without being on the nose. I saw him at Bonnaroo and he absolutely crushed it. Any song that tells the president to ‘suck a dick’ is good in my book. - Brian Byrne

Laura Stevenson, “Claustrophobe”
I first heard Laura when she played the venue I work at and was super impressed with her set. The lyrics in this song in particular were striking when I first read through them. She has this really potent mix of direct punk rock and singer/songwriter introspection. – Byrne

Public Image Ltd., “Rise”
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t like anything the Sex Pistols ever did.  The first time I ever heard ‘Rise’ by PiL I genuinely thought it was The Cure with some sort of guest singer. This song is far too cheesily anthemic to have something to do with Johnny Rotten, but then again, I think a lot of the Sex Pistols music carries that sort of DNA in it. It’s that drunkish sloganeering that makes this tune such a cool iconoclast. – Byrne

Spiritualized, “I Think I’m in Love”
The ultimate drugged-out breakup song. The structure of this tune was the first thing that dragged me in. It builds off these really simple melodic motifs until it climaxes into a full on Brit-psych payoff with J. Spaceman seemingly talking shit to himself in a stupor. It’s fucking incredible. – Byrne

Radiohead, “True Love Waits”
This is one hundred percent the saddest song ever written. – Byrne

(Photo credit: Adam Elmakias)

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