Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.
Envy on the Coast will reunite for three concerts in August.
The Long Island scene heroes called it quits in 2010 following the release of their promising album “Lowcountry” and just weeks ago singer Ryan Hunter and guitarist-singer Brian Byrne were lamenting the fact that the band probably wouldn’t reunite.
“We’ve tried to get this together with the five original members,” Hunter and Byrne wrote in a Facebook post after Byrne joined Hunter’s new band 1st Vows onstage at Webster Hall last month to play some Envy on the Coast songs. “But for many reasons, it just doesn’t seem that’s going to happen in the near future.”
However, last week the band made the surprise announcement that they would play three shows — Aug. 16 at Webster Hall in Manhattan, Aug. 18 at The Paramount in Huntington and Aug. 20 at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, May 20, through Ticketmaster for The Paramount show and TicketWeb for the Webster Hall show.
“We love creating/playing with our current projects,” Byrne and Hunter wrote on Facebook. “But we didn’t anticipate how incredible it’d be to play these songs again.”
It’s not clear what the extent of the reunion will be or whether it will include new music. In the meantime, though, Byrne released the first single from his new project The Hand That Wields It on SoundCloud last week. Byrne says the catchy, low-key indie-rocker called “Blind or Shade” is the first single from an upcoming EP.