Envy are no strangers to Taiwan's shores, having played at Formoz Fest in 2004 and 2007, and again at The Wall in 2009, which is where I first saw them. It was fucking amazing then and there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to see them again.

Envy are one of those rare bands that have managed to gain relatively decent International popularity yet still retain truckloads of underground cred'. Their sound overlaps post-rock, hardcore and, though I loathe much of the genre, screamo. There is so much raw, powerful and genuine emotion in Tetsuya Fukagawa's vocals and delivery and it doesn't matter if you can't understand what he's singing about, the message can be read on his face and felt through his voice.

I talked to a couple of guys after the show who said they shed a tear when Tetsuya talked briefly of Japan's recent devastation, closing with "we're still alive".

Me, I was just sweating from my eyeballs.


Photo(s) by © Steve Leggat - © 2008-2014

See also: Envy (Japan) on MySpace

Steve Leggat is a freelance graphic designer, web developer and photographer living in Taiwan. He is the guy that started

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