The Envy Corps w/ The Kickback, Skypiper
Blue Moose Tap House – October 24 at 8 p.m.
Those jokers at Raygunsite.com used to sell a T-Shirt, designed in collaboration with the band, that says “The Envy Corps: Radiohead For Coldplay Fans.” So they’ve spoiled the main insight any music critic would bring to bear in describing their music. There’s no denying that these guys sound quite a bit like Radiohead. The best way to proceed, therefore, may be to list the ways in which they do not sound like Radiohead.
- Luke Pettipoole’s head voice is not as nasally as Thom Yorke’s.
- Their songs are road-ready in ways that Radiohead’s later work is not; they can play this stuff live without having a full time computer tech.
- They write their own songs. They might be evocative — redolent even — of the Radiohead style, but pretty much anyone who goes to the trouble to write subtle, non-trivial pop songs ends up sounding a little like Radiohead. I don’t even think Thom Yorke could write an Envy Corps song, and if he tried, they wouldn’t be these songs.
- The Envy Corps guitars sound like guitars. They’re a rock band. They play some keyboard parts, but neither do they own an Ondes Martenot, nor do they program Max/MSP patches to make a guitar sound like a computer falling down a flight of stairs.
For ticket information, check out the Blue Moose Tap House event page.