Envy of None

Envy of None (abbreviated as EON) is a Canadian-American rock supergroup formed in 2021 by former Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, along with bassist Andy Curran, vocalist Maiah Wynne, and guitarist and keyboardist Alfio Annibalini.[1] Their self-titled studio album was released on April 8, 2022.[2]

Envy of None
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresRock
Years active2021–present
LabelsKscope
MembersAlex Lifeson
Andy Curran
Maiah Wynne
Alfio Annibalini
Websitehttps://envyofnone.com/

HistoryEdit

In June 2021, Lifeson released two new solo instrumental tracks, "Kabul Blues" and "Spy House", on his official website. The new music coincided with the release of the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Standard Axcess model of electric guitar produced by Epiphone, and feature Canadian musicians Andy Curran of rock band Coney Hatch on bass and David Quinton Steinberg on drums.[3] Less than a week following the announcement, Lifeson revealed that he had completed 10 songs for his new side project Envy of None, featuring Curran, Alfio Annibalini on guitar, and Maiah Wynne on vocals, with additional contributions from Steinberg and Tim Oxford on drums.[4] The project originated when Curran and Wynne were working on new music, which caught Lifeson's attention and asked to hear the material. Curran encouraged Lifeson to contribute guitar parts if something interested him, and said: "He played on one track and one became two, and two became three".[5]

The band had hoped to have the music finished for an album release in late 2021, but it was delayed until 2022.[4] On January 12, 2022, the group announced that their self-titled debut studio album would be released on April 8 via Kscope.[5] Their first single, "Liar", was released on the same day. On March 2, 2022, the band released a second single, "Look Inside",[6] and a music video for the new song on March 9, 2022.[7]

The band's first studio album is the eponymous Envy of None consisting of 11 tracks.[8] It was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was released on April 8, 2022 by Kscope, an independent record label based in London.[8] It has been described as having elements of both ambient and industrial music.[8] The last song of the album, the instrumental Western Sunset, is a tribute to Lifeson's former Rush bandmate, drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.[8][9][10] Lifeson composed the song at Peart's Santa Monica home shortly before the drummer's death in January 2020.[11]

In 2022, Envy of None released a single to support UNHCR after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The band raised close to $100,000 through this effort.[12]

Lifeson has stated he does not intend to participate in concert tours, but will "do a few shows here and there".[9]

Band membersEdit

  • Alfio Annibalini – guitar, keyboards, programming
  • Andy Curran – bass, programming, guitar, stylophone, backing vocals
  • Alex Lifeson – guitar, mandola, banjo, programming
  • Maiah Wynne – lead vocals, keyboards

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Envy of None (2022)Edit

Track listing[13]Edit

All tracks are written, arranged, recorded and produced by Envy of None.[14]

No.TitleDrumsLength
1."Never Said I Love You"Tim Oxford4:06
2."Shadow" 3:21
3."Look Inside"David Quinton Steinberg4:44
4."Liar"Steinberg3:13
5."Spy House"Steinberg2:23
6."Dog's Life"Joe Vitale4:35
7."Kabul Blues"Steinberg3:12
8."Old Strings"Steinberg5:15
9."Dumb"Steinberg4:19
10."Enemy"Steinberg4:16
11."Western Sunset"Steinberg2:25
Total length:41:43
PersonnelEdit

Envy of None:

Additional musicians:[15]

  • Dreadlight and Heidi DuBose – additional backing vocals
  • Bethany Joyce – cello (2)
  • David Quinton Steinberg – drums (all but 1, 2, 6)
  • Joe Vitale – drums (6), additional recording
  • Tim Oxford – drums (1)
  • Jonathan Dinklage – strings (violin/viola) (11)
ProductionEdit
  • Beech – package design
  • Aliephant – additional vocal production, additional backing vocals
  • Anton Evans, Jason "Metal" Donkersgoed, Roman Marcone, Spencer Sunshine – additional recording

Singles and EPsEdit

  • "Liar" (2022)
  • "Look Inside" (2022)
  • "Enemy"/"You'll Be Sorry" (2022) - special limited blue and yellow colored vinyl to raise money to support Ukraine[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alex Lifeson announces highly emotive Neil Peart tribute song 'Western Sunset'". Planet Rock. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  2. ^ Rolli, Bryan. "Alex Lifeson Sets Envy of None Debut: Track Listing, Release Date". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  3. ^ Rolli, Bryan (June 15, 2021). "Rush's Alex Lifeson unveils two new solo songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Wardlaw, Matt (June 21, 2021). "Alex Lifeson has recorded 10 songs for new 'Envy of None' project". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Laing, Rob (January 12, 2022). "Alex Lifeson returns with new band Envy of None and Nine Inch Nails-esque new song Liar". MusicRadar. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  6. ^ "Alex Lifeson's Envy of None Project Releases 'Look Inside' Single". Blabbermouth. 2022-03-02. Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  7. ^ Rapp, Allison. "Alex Lifeson's Envy of None Release New Song 'Look Inside'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  8. ^ a b c d Wheeler, Brad (9 April 2022). "With a new band, a new album, and the giveaway of his guitars, Alex Lifeson says farewell to Rush". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  9. ^ a b Krewen, Nick (8 April 2022). "The Alex Lifeson of Envy of None isn't the Alex Lifeson of Rush — and he's good with that". Toronto Star. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  10. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2022-01-12). "Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Readies Debut LP From New Band Envy of None". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  11. ^ Friend, David (6 April 2022). "Alex Lifeson looks to move beyond Rush with new rock project Envy of None". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Rock band Envy Of None play for Ukraine". UNHCR CANADA.
  13. ^ Envy of None - Envy of None Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved 2022-08-10
  14. ^ Envy Of None - Envy Of None, retrieved 2022-08-10
  15. ^ Envy Of None - Envy Of None, retrieved 2022-08-10
  16. ^ "Envy Of None – Enemy/You'll Be Sorry". Discogs.com.