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The Envy Corps One to Watch!!!!

The Envy Corps are an indie-rock quartet from Ames, IA. The band are known for their vast atmospheric sound, attracting comparisons to Radiohead, Aqualung, the Verve, Coldplay and Doves. Its members are Brandon Darner (guitar), Luke Pettipoole (vocals, guitar, piano) and brothers David (bass, synthesizer) and Scott Yoshimura (drums).

The Envy Corps was formed in October 2001 by Luke Pettipoole, who was quickly joined by David Yoshimura in early 2002. The band forged their sound in the coming years playing around the Midwest and featured many lineup changes, with Pool (in 2002 changing his surname to Pettipoole) and Yoshimura the only constant members. In 2004, after the release of their now rare debut, Soviet Reunion, Yoshimura switched to bass guitar, his brother, Scott, took position behind the drumkit and former To My Surprise frontman Brandon Darner was conscripted as new lead guitarist.

The band spent 2005 working feverishly on the firstfruits of the new lineup. I Will Write You Love Letters If You Tell Me To EP was self-released in April 2006. The album garnered them lavish press and an extended stay on the CMJ Top 200 chart, as well as an opening slot for Las Vegas band The Killers on their fall US tour. Based on the success of the EP, the band signed with the Mercury Records imprint Vertigo. In March 2007, the Story Problem EP was released on iTunes and double 7" in the UK, culling four tracks from Love Letters and serving as a teaser for the upcoming album. The band will release their major label debut, Dwell, in the summer of 2007.

Look out for some exciting offers on their releases in the near future. Check this band out!!!!

22 June 2007

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