Envy brings alt-rock fusion to Kryptonite

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11218800476202.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.envyband.com’, ‘Milwaukee's rising band Envy perform at Kryptonite Friday, July 29.’);

After four years, two albums and numerous awards, the Milwaukee band Envy is finally making it to Rockford for a live performance.

Envy formed in December 2001 at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville. It began when Jaek Pachniak and Dan Faherty, both guitarists, played jam sessions together and really clicked.

Amanda Tvedt joined the band after responding to a “singer wanted” ad that had been posted around the UW-Platteville campus. She auditioned and was accepted quickly.

Nic Fugate also auditioned for the band and was perfect for a drummer and auxiliary percussionist.

“I’ve been looking for a band that I could easily meld with and have a good time,” Fugate said. “And that band is Envy.”

The newest bassist, Paul Pachniak, is Jaek’s biological brother. Not only does he play the bass, but he also adds backup vocals and a keyboard playing ability to create a more versatile sound.

Even with different musical backgrounds, all band members have an intense passion for creating music, which helps make their music more powerful.

“It’s great to see our music get tighter as we get more tight as friends,” Tvedt said.

Envy’s style, a fusion of alternative rock, blues, pop, R&B and experimental textures, allows their music to have a unique and captivating sound.

They have released two albums, Identity Crisis in May 2003 and Message for the Blind in January 2005.

Their first album was largely supported by an Internet radio station on www.wazee.org, which allowed them to catch a wider audience.

Envy built their second album from the ground up. It was independently mixed and recorded by the band headed by Faherty.

“Recording the music we’ve written … taking the parts of a song and combining them into an awesome composition, sometimes it’s just magical,” Faherty said.

The second album also includes a role-playing video game created by the band based on their history and music.

“Anyone who knows the band on a personal level will love the game,” Jaek said. “For those who don’t know the band yet, they will by the time they get through it.”

Envy’s live performances are energetic and incorporate the audience to make it more memorable for all who attend.

Envy won the 2005 Best Music on Campus national competition put on by MTV University and have received many awards from garageband.com, including awards for Track of the Day and Best FemaleVocals for alternative rock.

They have opened or shared the stage with many national acts, including Three Days Grace and Bowling for Soup. They’ve even played with The Pimps.

Envy has been played on many radio stations in Wisconsin, held live performances in many venues around northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, and play cover songs ranging from Alanis Morissette to The Doors.

According to their Web site, www.envyband.com, “the band continues to create new music and build its presence through its live shows and online following.”

Envy will perform July 29 at Kryptonite, 308 W. State St. For more information, visit Envy’s Web site, or call Kryptonite at 965-9031.

From the July 20-26, 2005, issue

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