Envy on the Coast loves trying out new things.
The rockers' Long Island holiday parties have been sold-out club affairs for years, so this time out, they opted for the larger, decidedly more upscale confines of the Theatre at Westbury.
"When our bass player Jeremy [Velardi] brought it up years ago, we didn't even think it was feasible," recalls singer Ryan Hunter. "So when it came up this year as a possibility, we went after it absolutely. We like to change things up. We like to do things that cause people to go, 'What the hell?' "
Well, since it's at Westbury, does that mean you guys are going to play in the round?
They're not going to open the entire place, but we have stuff planned that they haven't done there before with a band like us in regards to using a circular stage. When we saw that, we were like, "There's no way we're going to set up traditionally." In our practice space, we set it up so we're all vibing off one another and we're going to try to work with the shape of the stage and the venue.
What's the plan for the set? Holiday songs? Will you show off some new stuff?
No holiday tunes . . . but we're going to get the new songs out there. Even when we play older songs, we're going to change them up to keep them interesting.
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I think both of these shows are testaments to how strong the 516 currently is. . . . We never dreamed that we'd be at a venue like this. . . . We owe it all to Long Island and the people who support us here. It's an unbelievable place.
WHO Envy on the Coast with As Tall as Lions and Vinnie Caruana
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday, Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury
INFO $17.50-$20; 516-334-0800, livenation.com