is suffering from an 'Identity Crisis'; it's a statement
that falls in the realm of both fact and fiction.
Judging by the genre-bending songs offered up by the
Wisconsin quintet, one could easily say that the band
is unsure of it's identity. But Envy knows exactly
what it is, and they're not going to tell you.
The band's whole is greater than
the sum of it's parts. Each member contributes their
own special quality to the band.
Fronting the band is Amanda Tvedt.
After being told in high school that "her voice
wouldn't get her anywhere" by her choir teacher,
Amanda has been on a mission to prove him wrong. During
that mission she has been able to overcome her own
demons and channel her energy and passion for life
to the stage. After battling stage fright during the
band's conception, Tvedt is now able to command the
stage just as good as anyone...and she's still getting
better. And, with a virtually endless book of life
experiences, Amanda has a lot to draw from lyrically.
However, much of Envy's music starts
with guitarist Jaek Pachniak. It starts with the music
and a melody. After some time, trial, and error, he
produces a complete song on his guitar. When it comes
to lyrics, Jaek tends to draw from the events in other
people's lives to verbalize his musical language.
"I believe that, in most cases, it doesn't matter
what the song means to the writer," says Pachniak,
"The only thing that matters is if the listener
can relate to the song and take meaning from it. There's
no 'right' or 'wrong'."
Envy's other guitarist, Dan Faherty
provides a great deal of technical knowledge along
with his orgasm inducing guitar solos. Essentially
faced with two jobs, Faherty mixes all of Envy's smaller
shows onstage while playing. He maintains and repairs
most of Envy's gear by himself. Faherty also owns
the famed "Envy Van".
Drummer Dan Moris really shines
in the live setting where his concentration and intensity
behind the drum set is clearly evident to anyone in
attendance. With his arms flying ever so high in the
air and his legs pumping as if he was running a marathon,
Dan leaves it all on the stage during a performance.
Offstage, Moris works hard at promoting the band through
the web and through the people he is in contact with.
The newest face in Envy is bassist
Kris Klassy who joined the band in the fall of 2003.
Klassy is Envy's third bassist in less than a year,
and he hopes to be their last.
Over the past couple years, the
band has truly become a family unit that has seen
it's share of joy and conflict. But through it all
it has only made them stronger. The members of Envy
are their own biggest fans. They are in love with
the music that they create...and they can only hope
that you love it too.