Sunday, December 16, 2007
Iowa's Hidden Gem
Hailing from Ames, Iowa - The Envy Corps has somehow skimmed under the radar here in the States, but the British seem to be quite fond of this midwest indie-rock sweetheart (and rightfully so!). With a mix of Radiohead-like vocals and Modest Mouse sounding guitar riffs, The Envy Corps struck the attention of british label - Vertigo (a spin of Mercury Records) and were quickly signed after landing an opening spot on the 2006 fall tour with The Killers. Word has it, The Envy Corps will pick up a handful of opening slots on an upcoming tour with The Editors! I have been anticipating a live performance from this band for some time and was refreshed to see them in a very intimate local venue called The Nomad last night in Minneapolis! With an inspiring mix of experience from divorce and struggles with alcoholism, lead singer Luke Pettipoole creates emotional lyrics that somehow twist into beautiful, light-hearted happiness. An Envy Corps show feels like a gigantic birthday party with claps and group yelps of excitement. In addition to guitar player, Brandon Darner - the Envy Corps consists of brothers David (bass, synth) and Scott (drums) Yoshimura. Keep your eyes peeled for their first major label album release in early 2008!
For those interested, I caught a picture of The Envy Corps set list - which included my favorite song 'Story Problem'! 'Wires and Wool' is also one you should listen to!
*by Jen Panczenko, who made her first gingerbread house this weekend!