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Envy on the Coast, ‘Lucy Gray’ (Photo Finish)

At first glance, these eager Long Island newcomers seem like just another forgettable mainstream emo act, complete with Castro-style military caps and ridiculously overwrought song titles. Thankfully, on this rousing debut, they break away from the Warped Tour pack wit heady prog-rock arrangements and weighty lyrics that aren’t exclusively about singer Ryan Hunter’s last evil girlfriend. Throughout, he gets deep about death, religion, and A&R guys, but the real star here is lead guitarist Brian Byrne, whose space-metal riffs and effects-pedal bombast truly send these songs skyward.

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